This month, in our Art Of Blending box, we feature two excellent whiskies from Old Perth. We have Old Perth 12 Year Old, and Old Perth Cask Strength. Both are sherried drams, which draw upon the rich history of blending artisan whisky in the city of Perth.
I really enjoyed both of these whiskies. They are packed full of flavour, and come in at very decent price points (£46 for Old Perth 12 Year Old and £40 for Old Perth Cask Strength). So much so, I wrote a review of Old Perth Cask Strength.
In this article, I wanted to take a look at three whiskies I think you'll enjoy, if you liked Old Perth as much as I did. The three categories I have for you are:
- Another blended whisky inspired by Perth's history
- A sherried Single malt that takes the flavour of Old Perth into single malts
- An older expression, as a bit of a luxurious treat
Here are my three recommendations to look out for!
Another blended whisky inspired by Perth's history
Brig O'Perth was first blended and bottled by Perth wine merchant and grocer, Matthew Gloag & Son. It was made in the basement of their shop at 20-24 Atholl Street in early 1896 as their “house blended Scotch”. The brand has enjoyed only occasional bottlings over the last 50 years. But indie bottler Keith Bonnington was able to buy the brand from Edrington Distillers, and has released Brig O'Perth ‘Special Anniversary Blend’. It carries a 14 year age statement, and is bottled at 46.7% ABV.
It is an elegant whisky that again shows the fine art of blending. Lots of red fruits and berries, lightly dusted with soft brown cinnamon sugar. Fresh cream dotted with real vanilla. Milk chocolate orange.
You can pick up a bottle of Brig O'Perth for £45 here.
A sherried single malt
Glenfarclas are a fantastic family-owned distillery, world renowned for their sherried whiskies. Read more about sherry cask whiskies here. They have a range of options, starting from around £36 for Glenfarclas 10 Year Old. My recommendation would be Glenfarclas 15 Year Old. At £58 it is more expensive than the 10 Year Old, but still very well priced and comes in at 46% ABV rather than 40%.
Full bodied with a super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and peaty flavours. Long lasting, gloriously sherried, sweet, gently smoky, and distinguished.
Get a bottle of Glenfarclas 15 Year Old here for £53.
An Older expression
There are four whiskies in the Old Perth range. We featured two of them. The entry level expression is Old Perth Classic, a 46% non age statement version at £32. And then the high-end expression is Old Perth Vintage 1996.
Now, at £170 I'll be the first to admit this is a treat. A big treat. But it is a very special whisky, so if you have a celebratory occasion coming up this might be for you. It's also a good one to look out for at whisky bars - an opportunity to try it by the dram.
Like its siblings, Old Perth Vintage 1996 is a sherry cask blended malt. It is limited to only 936 bottles, at 55.8% ABV. Rich and complex with layers of stewed fruits, peaches and gentle smoky notes on the finish.
If you're looking for a treat, find Old Perth Vintage 1996 for £170 here.
What would you recommend?
Do you have any recommendations, inspired by this month's tasting set? I'd love to hear your suggestions, connect with me on social media (links below) and let me know.
And, if you haven't tried our Art of Blending tasting set yet, pick up a box here. It's the perfect opportunity to try the two Old Perth whiskies which this article is based on, as well as four other superb drams.