1991 John McCrae 24 Year Old "Hepburn's Choice" Single Barrel Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1263806

While it's become common practice over the years for independent bottlers to label their single malt whiskies by distillery, there are a handful of producers who do not want their brand name to be mentioned or utilized by a competitor when selling casks to a third party company for blending use. To prevent that from happening, some producers practice what's called "teaspooning," meaning they add a teaspoon of a second whisky into the cask, instantly changing the whisky from a "single" malt into a "blended" malt. Once the whisky is "blended," the name of the distillery can no longer be used on the label because it's technically no longer a single distillery bottling. However, when you taste this single barrel of John McCrae blended malt whisky we're pretty sure you're going to be as thrilled as we are. To get a single cask of this particular whisky is almost unheard of, and getting one this good for this price is a rare treat indeed. The nose is candied ginger, round vanilla, and sweet malty grains, and the palate builds into more cereal grains, dried fruits, honey, resin, and a beautiful, classic, old fashioned Highland Scotch finish of sweet biscuity malted barley. It's the whole package from front to back and it's naturally proofed down to 47.6% ABV. We think this will be one of the most spectacular deals of the year for fans of both Highland whisky and delicious, no frills malt whisky.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2016 | Send Email
This is an interesting and lovely whiskey. There is a nice balance between fruit and malt flavors. It is drier and slightly lighter than distillery bottlings of Balvenie but offers the same high quality.The John Mccrae is a very good whiskey and should please most single malt drinkers.

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Alcohol Content (%): 47.6