Review 458: Golden Grain 1965 50 Year

goldengrain50yearsThis is the first time I have a blended grain (batted grain) in my glass. This 50 year old blenden grain is bottled by Vintage Malt Whisky Company under their Cooper’s Choice label.

This whisky has been matured in a 1st fill ex-bourbon cask and yielded 250 bottles at 50% Abv. It is non chill filtered and has a natural colour.

What they write about it:

Blended at Birth, This harmonious mixture of grains as been left to mature in a fresh bourbon cask for 50 years, producing a truly unique and delicious scotch whisky.

Expression:Golden Grain 1965 50 Year
Category:Blended Grain (Vatted Grain)
Bottled by:Vintage Malt Whisky Company - Cooper’s Choice
Age:50 Year
ABV (% Alc):50%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:1965
Bottle date:Februari 2016
Vintage:1965
Maturation:1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Cask number:0042
Bottle number:250 bottles
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Old gold.

Smell:
A rich, sweet and balanced whisky with aromas of frankincense, patchouli, honey, vanilla, cedar wood, varnish, beeswax, lemon oil, pineapple, green apples, peaches, muesli, cereals, milk chocolate, cigar tobacco, antique oak, perfume tones, floral tones, saw dust, orange juice, buttermilk, subtle mango, caramel, nutmeg, pinewood and coconut.

Taste:
A medium rich, full, balanced but powerful whisky with aromas of coffee, cognac, pepper, ginger, saw dust, sweet tobacco, licorice root, licorice allsorts, honey, varnish, solvents, glue, maple syrup, pineapple, lemon, sultanas, tannins, marshmallows, stale tones, earthy tones, tea, cinnamon, green walnuts, resin, caramel, chocolate and subtle oak

Finish:
A long and dry finish with aromas of tannins, vanilla, ginger, fresh fig, pepper, maple syrup, walnuts, hint of dried fruits, coconut, caramel and oak.

Marks:
  • 8.5/10
    Smell: - 8.5/10
  • 8/10
    Taste: - 8.0/10
  • 8/10
    Finish: - 8.0/10
8.2/10

Conclusion:

Hmm, this is not what I expected from an old grain whisky. The old grains I tasted to far are very deep, rich and well layered. This one is a bit too one-dimensional for my taste. Maybe it’s due to the time and place I tasted this but it doesn’t shine for me. it’s very balanced (maybe a bit to balanced for me) nothing really stands out (apart from the surprising & lovely frankincense tone on the nose).
It’s an ok grain whisky but not that characterful.