[Review] The Half Century Blend 50-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky

This is my first 50-year-old whisky, breaking my previous oldest-whisky record by a solid decade. It’s a blended scotch, bottled by the appropriately-named Blended Whisky Company in 2017. I couldn’t find any info on the composition of this blend, but no matter. Let’s give it a try!

  • 47.3% ABV
  • Aged at least 50 years
  • 692 bottles

Nose: Very mellow. Musty notes of old leather and old furniture. Some vanilla buttercream and that particular old-grain flavour. A little raisin. Hints of dried grass and cayenne pepper. There could be some peat in here, but it’s mellowed out into just a salted-licorice note.

Palate: Medium texture, rather creamy. Arrives… well, like an old whisky. Mellow, fragrant, and honeyed, with some green apple and melon. The development is slow and gentle, with rich oak, cream, macadamia nuts, and – am I hallucinating? – maybe a little wax.

Finish: Medium-length, sweet and soft. Distant oak, honeycomb, baked apples, warm spice, powdered ginger, and grass.

Thought: It’s… alright! There’s nothing here to blow you away – it’s a mellow whisky without a huge amount of complexity. I’m left wondering about the proportion of grain to malt… That said, this is a very quaffable and fine old whisky with a clear sense of extreme age without an overabundance of oak. Should you have bought this for the 500 GBP that Master of Malt last charged for it? Probably not. But if you’re dying to try something older than you, this isn’t such a bad way to go.

Final Score: 81/100

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