Macallan 1956 Campbell Hope & King
Added on Friday, Jul 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
  Bottler: Campbell, Hope & King
  Age: 15+ yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1956 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
1970s era Campbell Hope & King bottling. Stated age 15y, these bottlings apparently contained a portion of whisky older than the age statement. 
Member Ratings and Notes
Tim
 

N: Well, there's a surprise: there's a bit of smoke on this one. Not quite as sulfury as a struck match, but there's some light smoke. Peppery - black pepper and white pepper (coexisting in harmony!). Some sherry, but it mainly presents as dried fruit. Faintly figgy; oranges too. Softens up around the edges and becomes more inviting - lightly floral, buttercream vanilla.

 

P: Nice and bold in the mouth. Dried fruit - oranges present; a wisp of smoke, a faint touch of plum. Some mint on the top end, it's very clean and bright but not overdone. Light leather. I may be losing my mind but I'm pretty sure I get kumquats and persimmons briefly. Lightly mineral. 

 

F: Warm initially; mint top-note leads and takes the dried fruit along for the ride. Light minerality. Delightfully bright. Dry but not bitter and it doesn't resolve on any odd notes.

 

This is unlike any Macallan I've had. Very interesting, very good. I'd never in a million years peg it as a Macallan, but surprises are fun.  

 
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