1982 Cambus 35 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1387615

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Tasting Notes

The Cambus distillery is easily one of the best grains out there. The large facility just to the north of the River Forth has been converted to a cooperage and connects to Diageo's massive Blackgrange warehousing facility. That's why it's so tragic Diageo mothballed the distillery in 1993. Its right around 30 years of age that Cambus begins to take on a complexity that made the great old blends (like Johnnie Blue) so well loved across the world. This is absolutely decadent stuff. Grain whisky, which was once written off by aficionados, is becoming more accepted not only because you can find great old whiskies from closed distilleries for relatively affordable prices, but because sometimes you just don't need the intensity of a single malt. When you're craving something with depth and complexity, but don't necessarily want want to get intellectual about it, grab the Cambus. You might not be inspired to write a dissertation, but you will have an unsurpassable drinking experience that's all about pleasure. We're moving toward the upper echelons with this one in terms of texture and complexity, but it remains full of sweet confectioners' sugar and stewed fruit. No bitterness or harshness and the mouth feel is voluptuous, nearly chewy in texture, with a length that few grains under 50 years old can match. Here is a whisky that you can literally give to almost anyone in any context and they'll appreciate it. Easily one of the finest grains we'll put out this year.

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm a total sucker for old Cambus. There's a lot of good stuff going on in grain these days, but it's usually with the caveat that it's offering incredible value in exchange for some of the intensity of flavor that a malt might offers. But some people actually prefer the soft smooth character of grain and that small but growing group of discerning drinkers understands that single grain simply represents a different aesthetic, a different set of goals for their connoisseurs. But something about this Cambus puts it into totally different league from the other single grains we sell. The nose is this unusual mixture of sweet vanilla frosting spread old metal machines. Sweet maple syrup drizzled over running diesel engines. It’s full of wild contrasts that don’t seem to make sense, but keep bringing you back to the glass. The crazy nose doesn’t actually transfer to the palate where we’re instead transported into bourbon territory. Super dense fruit, coffee, wild topicality, unctuous and full bodied it offers richness that even some of the 50 year stuff can’t match. It's less concerned with softness than most grain and more about character and complexity. Yet there’s no edgy sharpness to it at all. It’s so perfectly smooth you could calibrate the Hubble Telescope with this whisky. This is why people fall in love with old grain. That said it needs a few drops of water to balance the alcohol and begin to open properly - this will add texture and depth on both the palate and nose.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    It's fair to say in the whisky world, that 35 years is old. Not a lot of juice hangs around that long, and what does make it through the long night, almost always finds itself at break of day to be worth a pretty penny. While not inexpensive, this incredible grain whisky from the long closed Cambus distillery is decidedly an affordable luxury. It's full bodied, soft and sleek, redolent of the sweet and syrupy canned fruits of childhood. It has a bit of an ancient aged bourbon quality to it, but without all the wood tannin, it's so much softer than that. Instead, it's the vanilla, caramel, and sweet wood spice of Kentucky's finest. More tropical notes find their way to the surface the longer you hold the whisky in your attention. Banana bread, a bit of coconut milk, and sometimes a little kiwi spring forth. A singular single grain if we've ever bottled one.


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