As whisky becomes more popular especially in India and China two things are happening, the first is that it’s getting more expensive and secondly quality is dropping and probably has been for the last two decades which brings me on to my topic of the day; my top tips for older expressions of current whiskies.
Everyone who reads this or follows my Twitter feed, and if you don’t why don’t you?, will know that I’m a huge fan of blends but not just any old shit, although I will drink any old shit, but older versions, let me explain.
Pop into most off sales and on the shelves you’ll see an odd looking black bottle of well Black Bottle and it’s okay, you can get it if you look for about fifteen pounds which isn’t at all bad however if you really look hard or go to auction you’ll find the old style a huge smoky beast of a blend, one of the best blends ever made, certainly for its price, although you’ll now pay between twenty and thirty pounds for the older bottling and if you can find the ten year old you’ll pay another ten or twenty on top of that but it’s well worth it.
Same goes for White Horse, today it’s a reasonable drink and the twelve year old blend is fantastic if you can find a bottle for a reasonable amount, I’d say paying more than forty quid and it’s not really worth it, but if you can find a bottle from the sixties or seventies then you my friend are in rare Lagavullin heaven and you can find a bottle at most auctions for under fifty pounds, I have a bottle just now and I dare anyone to find anything close to it.
There are others too, usually available at auction, older bottles of Dimple, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Chivas and dare I say it Whyte and Mackay.
This is all caused by the current trend for using casks which are passed their best and sending the inferior stuff to the blending shed and mixing it with sweet grain, go and buy the old version of Red Label and a miniature of the current blend and do a side by side and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Don’t go bonkers and do your research and you’ll end up with some lovely old bottles that you’ll never see again when they are gone.