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Ladyburn 34yo 1975/2009 'Rare Ayrshire'

(46.9%, Signatory Vintage Decanter Collection, Bourbon Barrel, C#562, 172 Bts.)
Average Score: 88
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerSignatory Vintage
RangeDecanter Collection
Brand NameLadyburn
Year Distilled1975
Year Bottled2009
Bottling NameRare Ayrshire
Alcohol By Volume46.9%
Other DetailsBourbon Barrel
Cask Number#562
Average Score88

Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood89
Oliver Klimek86

Tasting Notes
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Rich gold - Nose: Stunning! A complex mixture of malt, perfume, flora and just a hint of the dentist's chair. - Palate: This grows on the palate! It starts slowly with fresh herbs but quickly expands with a floral delight which is both fresh and intense, but very difficult to identify individual components, probably as there are many. - Finish: Long and intense, fading slowly. - Overall Impression: Don't let my "dentist's chair" comment put you off, I fear them with a vengeance, but this whisky has a slightly antiseptic freshness and intensity which initially reminded me of the dreaded dentist. Having said that, it is fresh, intense, but also extremely floral, lightly perfumed and a total delight! Now why can't the dentist be like this?
Oliver KlimekNose: Fresh grapes and raisins, slightly herbal, a bit like cake, adding water brings out hints of orange. - Palate: A very herbal attack accompanied by a certain "dusty" undertone. Becomes quite fruity with a little water - Finish: Long and herbal. - Overall: I am not a big fan of herbal whiskies, but this one almost managed to convert me. The nose is spectacular but the palate doesn't quite live up to it. Very light yet very complex. And very expensive because of its scarcity.