MacGregor’s 12yo Scotch Whisky (1970’s)
I honestly don’t know anything about the MacGregor’s 12yo. I tasted it blind as part of a virtual blind tasting session organised by some guys from the Dutch whisky forum. They bought it earlier this year at an auction for only 35 euro. It’s a blended whisky bottled in the 1970’s, so it’s distillate from the 1960’s. Judging from the taste, there’s a high percentage of sherry casks used for this. If anyone knows more, please let me know 🙂
MacGregor’s 12yo Scotch Whisky (43%, MacGregor Ross & Co, 1970’s)
Nose: This certainly is old school stuff. Furniture polish, leather and some tobacco. Hints of bitter oranges and cocoa powder in the background, as well as cherries, dried fruits (dates, raisins) and cinnamon. Very, very attractive.
Taste: Luscious red fruits. Red grapes, cherries. Reminiscent of older Armagnacs. A nice touch of old oak. A distinct spiciness, with cinnamon and the tiniest pinch of black pepper.
Finish: More spices, slightly drying. Oak.
Really, really good. With a fuller body or a longer finish, I would’ve scored this well into the nineties.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.