1976 Carsebridge 40 Year Old "Old Particular - K&L Exclusive" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1331546


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Tasting Notes

While most whisky fans think of Port Ellen and Brora when the DCL distillery closures of 1983 are recalled, the company that would eventually become Diageo shut down a number of other whisky facilities that fateful year, including the Lowland grain operation known as Carsebridge. Originally founded in 1798, the distillery functioned as a cooperage after it ceased distilling, but even that process was ended in 2011 when the Diageo barrel operation was moved over to Cambus. Thus, with each drop of Carsebridge that is poured each year, what little remains of the distillery's stock is slowly extinguished from Scotland's grain whisky history, making each bottle that exists just a bit more rare. This 40-year edition, distilled in 1976 and bottled for K&L in 2017, represents the holy trinity for Scotch whisky enthusiasts: the combination of price, age, and rarity that historically has sent our customers into a feeding frenzy. Rich and round on the palate with the decadence of four decades in wood, this lively and vanilla-laden Scotch almost comes across like an American Bourbon with its big oak spices and 54% cask-strength proof. Laden with honey on the finish, the bold proof brings home the flavor for a minute-long finish.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    For lovers of grain whiskey this Carsebridge is something special. It is intense and concentrated with layers of flavors. The nose offers sweet aromas of caramel and honey. In the mouth it is full bodied with mouth coating caramel and honey flavors. There is a long finish.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    Fans of our K&L exclusive single malt and single grain Scotch whisky program will note that for the last few years as prices for older expressions have gone up and up, David Driscoll, our spirits buyer, has worked very hard to keep these bottles affordable with most in the $60 to $80 range. No easy task. A few eyebrows will no doubt be raised then at his decision to include this year the 1976 Carsebridge 40 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky. While it comes in at a price a bit above the recent average, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to offer a truly older expression from a defunct distillery at a price with many fewer zeros than one might normally expect. Redolent of honeysuckle and warm spices with notes of brown sugar and licorice, this has all the texture and richness one might expect of a 40 year old single grain whisky.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    For the K&L whisky faithful, these are the moments you live for: those opportunities when we dig out gems from Scotland's forgotten cellars, 40 years of whisky maturation from a lost distillery at full proof for $250. Grain whisky continues to be undervalued by the market, even when it's from a closed producer like Carsebridge. If this were Port Ellen it would be over $3000. But because it's grain whisky the market is unsure of what to do with it, so the price is absolutely ridiculous by comparison. I know what to do with this whisky, however, as I'm assuming all of you do, too. Drink it, and savor every last drop of it.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The mellow, round, butterscotch nose of this antique whisky is beguiling enough on its own, but the intensely concentrated flavors are even better. After 40 years of reducing, this single cask grain from Carsebridge is a real statement on the potential of this rarely tasted style of Scotch. I found a good splash of water unpacked the layers of complexity in this fantastic dram and didn't dilute the power at all. What a treat!


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