Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Added coloring: No
Owner: Morrison Distillers
Average price: € 38.00
Official website: www.oldperthwhisky.co.uk
Morrison Distillers (formerly known as Morrison & MacKay) has a long tradition as a bottler, particularly with its Càrn Mòr range made from single casks.
In 2013 it inaugurated this series of blended malts (blends made with only single malts), which takes up a tradition dating back to 1908, born in the town of the same name, a crossroads for many blenders such as Dewar’s and Bell’s.
The label is the brainchild of local grocer Peter Thomson, who plied his trade in the early 1900s. Thomson created a unique product for his clientele by blending malts from distilleries in Speyside, Islay and the Highlands with North British grain whiskies. Over the years, his blend grew into a successful brand, renaming his business the Peter Thomson Company. By 1973, however, the company was achieving much greater success with its Beneagles brand, and it was decided to shelve Old Perth indefinitely.
When Whyte & MacKay acquired Invergordon in 1993, it also got the Old Perth brand, but the famous Glasgow blender had no desire to revive it and so the next two decades saw the name all but forgotten, condemned, like the rest of Perth’s whisky, to the history books.
But there came the rebirth in 2013, when independent bottler and blender Morrison & MacKay bought the rights and relaunched Old Perth as a blended malt. with three main expressions: Original, Peaty and Sherry Cask, each bottled at 43% and at more than affordable prices.
In January 2021 they relaunched the line with a new label design and three new bottlings: the present, cask strength and, from next autumn, the 12 year old.
All matured in ex-Sherry casks with malts from Speyside, “from the Glenlivet area” as they say on their website.
Gold with copper highlights in the glass.
The influence of the Sherry casks is very clear on the nose, vinous influences and red fruits (wild strawberry, raspberry, plum) characterise a pungent and spicy profile, with nutmeg and cloves on candied orange, sweet liquorice, baked apple. Fizzy.
Lively peppery entry on the palate, it reaffirms its proudly sherried spirit with good texture and warmth, of tamarind, ripe plum, blood orange, apple, liquorice, chocolate. Richly spiced, on the length it reveals a certain woody dryness.
Medium-long finish, dry and spicy, citrus, red fruits, liquorice root.
An almost textbook sherried, which doesn’t indulge in easy pandering but also doesn’t dare to go in new directions, presenting a solid and pleasant dram that doesn’t tire but also doesn’t stick in the memory. But at this price, it’s far more than you would expect.