Millburn 1974-2000 – Blackadder Raw Cask

Blackadder is one of my earliest ‘favorites’. Nowadays it has declined in personal popularity for a number of reasons. One of them is that the bottlings are very good, or heavily alcoholic with loads of heat and ethanol. I’m not big on inconsistency, especially when bottles are in the Blackadder price range.

Millburn is a closed distillery in Inverness which has been converted to a restaurant. It was never a really big distillery and there aren’t many bottlings around. Also, I don’t think Millburn was one of the most reliable brands to buy, based on what I have tasted. Let’s see what this one brings!

Blackadder Millburn 1974-2000

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Alcohol. Ethonal. Lazy cask? Very spirity for a 25 year old whisky. Some vanilla but not as much wood as I expected. Grass, flowers, egg scales, dust, lemon and gives dry straw after a while of sniffing.

Razor sharp. WAY too strong in alcohol. Very, very hot. Thick vanille with a drop of water. sand paper, saw dust, aceton. Becomes a bit softer if you let the water and whisky marry for a few minutes and then becomes very sweet. Vanilla candies or something.

Cloying vanilla sauce. Creme brulee. Again, hot chili peppers and not much wood. Fairly long and very degreasing.

This one is one that falls in the way-too-alcoholic category of Blackadders. Not my cup of tea because I also find it way too sweet if I water it down a bit. I sometimes have the idea that Blackadder has two people who pick casks and who have very different tastes.

Blackadder, 1974-2000, 25yo, Blackadder, Cask #4616, 58.5%, € 150 at Whiskykoning.

2 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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