Caledonian 39 Year Old 1980
Closed in 1988 and demolished, this is a rare release from this lost Lowland, Edinburgh Distillery. Only 111 hand-blown decanters bottled August 2020. Matured in a single cask Refill American hogshead #92569, bottled 54.4%. Caledonian 39 Year Old 1980 vintage Lowland single grain Scotch whisky. Single cask Refill American hogshead #92569. Distilled 3rd August 1990 & bottled 13th August 2020 by Gordon & MacPhail for the Private Collection series. Just 111 hand-blown crystal decanters have been produced.
Aroma Sweet pineapple and baked apple aromas are complemented by hints of beeswax polish. Soft cane sugar comes to the fore alongside white chocolate and vanilla pod.
Taste Soft black pepper and cocoa powder flavours lead to sweet, dried mango. Subtle notes of candied lime and mouth-warming ginger transform into fresh banana bread.
Finish Long lasting and vibrant with lingering fruit and soft pepper on the finish.
In its day the Caledonian Distillery was a huge business located at the west end of Princess Street in in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Founded by Menzies, Bernard and Craig in 1855 complete with its own huge railway yard which sat next to the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line. At the time of opening the Caledonian’s grain whisky was in demand for the newly developed whisky blending business and was used by Andrew Usher a pioneer of the technique. Closed in 1988 the site was cleared and redeveloped for housing and business use.