Review 607: Carsebridge 1982 33 Year

In December of 2016 we had our last club gathering of the year for the Whisky Club Groningen. And as tradition dictates we have special guest for that afternoon to present us with some lovely whiskies. This time it was Tom-Roderick Muthert from Dramtime.nl who took us through some independent bottlers and their history and different approaches.

This Carsebridge Single Grain was the first in the line-up so it promised to be an interesting afternoon.

Let’s find out how this one performed in my glass.

What they write about it:

The Grainman Carsebridge 33 years old 1982 is an old Lowlands single grain from the closed and demolished Carsebridge distillery. It was bottled by the independent bottler The Grainman (The Maltman/Meadowside Blending). Distilled in December 1982 and matured in bourbon cask 74681. It was bottled in June 2016 at natural cask strength of 42,6%, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited single cask release of 252 bottles.

Distillery:Carsebridge Distillery
Region:Lowlands
Location:Alloa, Clackmannanshire
Owner:Distileer Company Limited group
Founded:1799
Status:Closed in 1983
Water Source:Unknown
Stills:3 coffee stills
Capacity:+/- 6.000.000 liter per year

Expression:Carsebridge 1982 33 Year
Category:Single Grain
Bottled by:Meadowside Blending - The Grainman
Age:33 Year
ABV (% Alc):42.6%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:December 1982
Bottle date:June 2016
Vintage:1982
Maturation:Bourbon Cask
Cask number:#74681
Bottle number:252 Bottles
Bottle content:70 cl

Colour:
Old gold.

Nose:
a subtle, rich, sweet and well balanced whisky with aromas of subtle mocha, honey, vanilla, hint of solvents, rubber tones (bicycle tires), red apple, stewed pears, bees wax, furniture polish (Pledge), ginger, cinnamon, allspice, raisins, plums, unripe tart apricots, dark rum tones, hint of armagnac, pastry, strong tea and rich oak.

Palate:
A sweet, spicy, powerful and well balanced whisky with aromas of honey, vanilla, floral tones, hay, grass, icing sugar, subtle glue tones, solvents, hint of coffee, black tea, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, subtle tones of balsamic vinegar, bourbon, maple syrup, roasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts), hint of resins, subtle dried fruits, fresh backed pastries, tannins and powerful wood aromas

Finish:
A long, subtle, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of bourbon, vanilla, ginger, black pepper, mocha, marshmallows, maple syrup, subtle caramel, tannins and creamy oak.

Conclusion:
Yet again a lovely specimen of Single Grain. It needs quite some time in my glass to fully open up as at the start it comes over as quite sweet and tart. but that seems to fade quick enough and it reveals quite some lovely layering and balance. This dram can keep me occupied for quite some time as the flavours seem to shift overtime to the more antique and dried fruits side of things.
All in all a lovely whisky with a lovely sweet balance.

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?