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Ainslie’s Royal Edinburgh

by Oliver Klimek on March 14, 2014

The “Brora blend” from a 1960s miniature – 43%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Dark amber
Nose: Diesel smoke, shortcut electric cables, cherry wine gums, sweet sherry, nutmeg.
Palate: Mild but quite tarry peat, raisins in malaga wine, hints of mixed forest berries, fudge, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Finish: Medium long, smoky and slightly fruity.
Overall: This reminds me a little of the White Horse I recently tried but it is not quite as medicinal and more “rounded”. That old-style peatiness they have in common is unlike anything on the market today. Only the finish lacks some persistance.

Rating: 86/100

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Sjoerd de Haan March 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I had a similar bottled in 1981. Pretty good stuff indeed, I liked it very much.
And that for a NAS whisky ;-)

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Oliver Klimek March 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Back in the days, NAS did not mean that there was something to hide ;)

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A.migos March 18, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Hi Oliver,

Thanks for the interesting review. Did you know that Ainslie’s was a product from the Brora Distillery and appears to be containing quite a highl level of Brora Malt? Can you confirm this based on your tasting experience? For more details, see http://www.whiskyfun.com/brorahistoryp7.html.

Please keep up your interesting work!

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Oliver Klimek March 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

It seems you did not notice the “Brora blend” remark in the first line ;) I have no reason to doubt that.

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