[Review] Old Perth - 12 years old 46%

Today we are looking at a sherried blended malt from Morrison's Distillers, the Old Perth 12 years old. 

When Morrison relaunched the Old Perth range, I attended a tasting where I got to try the standard Old Perth and its cask strength counterpart. Both of them really impressed me with what I felt was fantastic value for money. So when I was offered a bottle of the 12 year-old (latest addition to the range) I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to review it!

So it still is a blended malt, aged for a minimum of 12 years, bottled with no chillfiltration or added colour and at 46%. Very promising start!

My tasting notes

Nose: Oloroso forward with a lot of nuttiness, sultanas, slightly chalky, some orange blossom, oak spice, hazelnuts, prunes, blackberry jam, cinnamon, some crème brûlée, caramel and hints of red apples. Solid start!

Palate: Sweet, fruity, quite chewy and dark. Some liquorice, blackcurrant, blackberry, prunes, oak, nutty (walnuts), cocoa and a slight bitterness too (ginger, grapefruit)

Finish: Spicy, toffee, drying with oak spice, slight Cognac notes, overripe plums and blackberries, and some dark chocolate.

With water: More fresh fruit on the nose with less sherry presence (clementine, slight peach and hints of lemon) The palate is fresher too and less dark (milk chocolate, grapefruit, candied ginger, toffee, honey) The finish is less rich too with some strawberry jam and oak spice.

Overall this is a lovely sherried dram, very well made, which would make for a great ‘daily drinker’ (with moderation of course) It reminds me a lot of the Glenrothes Whisky Maker’s Cut that I enjoy so much.

As it tastes great, is presented naturally, bottled at 46% and costs around £45 a bottle, it is a no-brainer to me!

Slàinte all!

Thanks again to Old Perth for sending me the bottle!


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