Review 658: Stewarts Dundee 8 Year

A rare change to taste a very old blend. Supposedly from around the 50’s through 70’s. This was part of a line-up for the 10th anniversary for drankenspeciaalzaak ‘Bij Thijs’ with very special old and rare whisky’s. Thank you Thijs for sharing this!!

Lets find out how it performs in my glass.

What they write about it:

Stewarts Dundee blended whisky was first produced in 1825 by Stewart & Sons of Dundee. It is produced at the Glencadam distillery, pride of Stewarts of Dundee using a specially selected range of 50 Highland and Islay single malt whiskies including sparing quantities of the Glencadam malt. These are carefully balanced with choice grain whiskies to make it a truly distinctive blend.

Expression:Stewarts Dundee 8 Year
Category:Blend
Bottled by:Stewart & Son of Dundee Ltd.
Age:8 Year
ABV (% Alc):43.0%
Non-chill filtered:No
Natural colour:No
Phenols (smoke):+/- 0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:Unknown
Bottle date:approx. 1970's
Vintage:N/a
Maturation:Not stated
Cask number:N/a
Bottle number:N/a
Bottle content:75cl

Colour:
Light amber

Smell:
A fresh, vibrant and antique (old bottle effect) whisky with aromas of  solvent tones, aldehyde, old books, dried flowers, honey, green apple, pear, peach, dusty tones, hint of coal ash, metallic tones, grapes, cedarwood, fresh backed cake, hint of allspice, stale tones, pear drops, vanilla and subtle oak.

Taste:
A fresh, interesting and engaging whisky with aromas of woodworker shop (cedarwood, rosewood, mahogany), varnish, Shellac, spices (ginger, cinnamon, allspice, white pepper), dried flowers, grass, vanilla, acacia honey, it has a sparkling mouth feel (like carbonated water) and subtle oak.

Finish:
A medium long, sweet and subtle spicy finish with aromas of vanilla, honey, precious woods, hint of liquorice, pepper, hint of bitter orange marmalade and subtle oak.

Conclusion:
it’s not a complex whisky but it’s very engaging and stil smells and tastes quite fresh. Yes there are some old bottle effects in the smell and taste but that is to be expected from such an old blend. It needs some time to open up, be patient and you will be rewarded. I found that it didn’t play well with water. It made it a bit peppery and metallic.
All in all a very interesting blend to taste.

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?