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1965 Carsebridge 52 Year Old "Sovereign" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1380525

Closed in 1983, the once prolific stocks of Carsebridge are running low. At one time the large grain distillery in the town of Alloa was one of Scotland's biggest. When the whiskey industry fell on hard times due to massive oversupply, Carsebridge was an early victim and eventually was completely demolished in 1992. Diageo, the outgrowth of DCL, did retain the cooperage for some years, but even that was closed in 2011. It's not everyday that we get to the see the whiskies of yore and have access to them at such reasonable prices. Distilled in 1965 this beauty has spent 52 long years in a refill hogshead and it has naturally proofed itself down to a very drinkable 43.4% alcohol. Never bottled as an official distillery bottling the only Carsebridge to ever reached the open market is in the form of independent bottlings of well aged stocks. Unfortunately, those days too are likely coming to a close as it is becoming harder and harder to find these ancient whiskies.


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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2018 | Send Email
It's still incredible to me that we're still able to sell whisky distilled before the moon landing. This whisky, likely forgotten somewhere deep in a dank Scottish warehouse, survived the blenders for more than a half century to end up here in our store. What's even more incredible is how overtly delicious this one is. The concentration after 50+ years creates an aromatic character almost like cognac, but without the syrupy sweetness. You'd expect the thing to be bitter with extracted oak by this age, but you'd be wrong. It’s sweet, nutty and packed full of rancio fruit. This is a singular experience that just can't be had anywhere else in the whisky drinking world. A steal and a deal considering the only other 50+ year old grain whisky being sold in the states costs $900 and a sister cask of this same whisky costs $550 in London.

Staff Image By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
Nothing like Scotch for breakfast; what better way to start your day than with a 52-year-old dram? Before I even had my coffee I was pouring a sample into my glass when I found it on my desk this morning. If this didn’t wake me up, my coffee had no chance, but any residual grogginess evaporated and was instead replaced by heavenly wafts of rich brown sugar, candied figs, strawberries and cream with a little tangerine peel timidly showing through. If you’ve never had a 52-year-old Scotch for breakfast, you’re missing out. The texture alone was ethereal: light yet silky, super smooth with notes of marzipan and canned mandarin oranges. The finish was long, reminding me of a fruit salad cup, strawberry gummies, and butterscotch with a nice warmth to remind me that while it is not a major food group, it’s still exciting to mix up your morning routine.

Staff Image By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2018 | Send Email
A beautiful Single Grain Whisky that presents a luscious caramel, toffee nose with a side of Shortbread. It's as smooth as smooth comes, like a rich golden river of love streaming into your stomach.
Drink from 2018 to 2100

Staff Image By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2018 | Send Email
Myyyyyyy goodness! Honey and baking spices jump out of the glass followed by scents of toasty caramels, juicy summer peaches, and fresh cherries. The palate is incredibly smooth and not over-oaked at all despite its considerable age, ending with flavors of toffee-covered nuts.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2018 | Send Email
"If I could save time in a bottle The first thing that I'd like to do Is to save every day 'Til eternity passes away Just to spend them with you" Sovereign has done the hard work of capturing time in a bottle. At first blush, this whisky is quite dry, but after a sip or two a shocking amount of fruit presents itself. It's lush with stone fruits and pears. For those who prize "smooth" above all else in their whisky, it is impossible to surpass the rich velvety quality of this dram. Darker notes of milk chocolate and dusty cocoa weave in and out of the glass. The angel's share of this cask is enormous. It's one of 157 bottles and proofed naturally to 43.4% alcohol. For comparison, most hogshead barrels yield about 250 bottles. Those are some thirsty angels, and with one taste, it's obvious why.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/15/2018 | Send Email
This grain whisky is very vivacious on the nose: hints of stone fruit, honey, spice, saw dust, and unsweetened dark chocolate. On the palate, it is naturally proofed down to 43% abv, so it is incredibly smooth to drink. It leaves warm toasty flavors of caramel, cream, vanilla, dark cocoa, and honeyed cereals lingering for over a minute. The complexity and integration are stunning after 52 years sitting in the barrel. What a special treat to taste such an old lively whisky!

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Varietal:

Malt

Country:

Scotland

Alcohol Content (%): 43.4