Dram Review: Speyside Single Malt 1977 Bottled for the Auld Alliance

[46.2%・2015・38 Years Old・Independent Bottling・Limited Release]

Although this whisky is labelled as an undisclosed malt, one does not need to read the Auld Alliance menu to have a pretty good idea of when it came from.. it’s not a Macallan..


The dram is quite mute to start off, but it is on the right track with that polished wood note from an antique piece coming through. Soft fruits like nashi pears are subtlety conveyed and as time passes the nose does fare better with the old sherry musk opening up. First impression on the dram can be quite deceiving as the nose becomes rather impressive over a period of time, more of those chocolate truffles and prunes on show.

Palate & Finish:

Attractive poached fruits on the palate before the heavier tone of woodiness comes through. Perhaps a knock on the dram as the wood does weight down on the rather fresh sherry. Milk chocolate and simple syrup with quite a generous splash of spices and nutmeg, trailing off is a brush of subtle yet alluring rose petal jam.

A classy finish with the presence of Turkish delight being held in place, it’s rather tender indeed..

☆ [Recommended]