Brechin 1976 Old Malt Cask
Added on Sunday, Apr 14, 2013 at 08:18 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 28 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1976 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $195 Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled October 1976, Bottled March 2005 - Refill Butt #773
Member Ratings and Notes

Nose: Farts, rotting fruit

Palate: Adam likes to describe whisky as "farty" and I've never understood it, but this whisky is positively farty. Like late night chili dog farty. There's also some exhaust fume like taste.

Finish: Really bitter note and motor oil.


Overall: Generally objectionable. They knew what they were doing when they closed this place down.


N: Watery with burnt hair, kind of a funky off note from the wood too. Plastic, a little solvent, some low grade overripe fruit. A faint hint of garbage. Water brings the burnt hair and plastic notes up. 


P: A weird mix of bitter and slightly sweet, a little bit of plastic, apple cores, that burnt hair note. Hot with time. Water keeps the burnt hair taste and brings a little woody fruit with some pepper.


F: Hot and uneven, a little old apple core, a bit of the plastic quality again. Water helps this by taming some of the more objectionable notes, but it's still off.


Flawed in the extreme, this is very reminiscent of the DT Glen Elgin that had a similar burned hair/plastic quality. Has to be some sort of a cask flaw or taint; it's pretty foul. The search for an acceptable Brechin continues.  

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