We are delighted to announce that Exel Wines have teamed up with local independent Perth whisky merchant, Morrison and MacKay Ltd, to source this exceptional and incredibly rare whisky from the now lost Cambus distillery. This rare dram was distilled in 1991 and filled into a sherry cask and matured for 25 years before bottling at a natural strength of 63.6% vol. The Cambus distillery was closed in 1993 due to production reorganisation - it was converted into warehousing and cask repair facilities. This is one of the distillates from the very last years of 150 years of production. Only 36 bottles of this scarce whisky will be available to our customers.
In 1806, John Moubray converted a disused mill in Alloa, into a single malt distillery. In 1836 he installed two Stein patent stills to distil grain whisky instead of malt. Cambus was run as a family business for most of the 19th century. Moubray’s grandson installed a Coffey still in 1851 which confirmed Cambus as one of the largest grain distilleries in Scotland. In 1877 it became a founding company of DCL (Distillers Company Limited – now Diageo).
In the early 1900s, malt whisky distillers started an uprising to try and prevent the use of the term ‘whisky’ to describe grain spirit. During the ‘What is Whisky?’ trial DCL used Cambus to sway public opinion in their favour. In 1906 it placed a front-page advertisement for Cambus Pure Grain Whisky, in The Daily Mail to ‘give the public the opportunity of judging for themselves what a pure patent-still grain whisky was like’.
This Cambus 1991 is a 25 year old whisky, matured in a sherry puncheon (with a capacity of 500 litres) after being distilled on 8th August 1991. The aromas are of freshly baked brioche, butterscotch and toasted coconut, all of which have pronounced intensity. The palate is luscious, oily and mouth-filling, with flavours of caramelised banana, buttery pastry, biscuits, and the slightest touch of wood polish. It has a lingering finish.
Long the privileged secret of Master Blenders and canny warehousemen throughout the whisky industry, well-aged Single Grain Scotch Whiskies have in recent years been growing in appreciation and popularity amongst connoisseurs. With a history of producing luxury blended whiskies dating back many years, the Directors of Hunter Laing & Co. understand and appreciate grain whiskies and are pleased to be guarding excellent stockholdings of certain such spirits between 25 and 50 years of age. Hunter Laing’s Sovereign range of single cask single grain whiskies are bottled at cask strength and without chill filtration or artificial colouring. Any one of these rare Sovereign bottlings represents an opportunity to enjoy a whisky experience that is both intense and uncommon.
The Invergordon 21 Year Old has a combination of barley sugar and honey on the nose as well as a hint of lemongrass that intensifies on the palate, which then develops towards toffee and even orange chocolate. Some oak influence on the satisfying finish adds to the overall complexity of this delicate grain whisky.