Cambus was a grain distillery and it provided the backbone for many blends. Closed in 1993 it still stands in some form today, as a drive through the village confirmed recently. The bonded warehouses line up along the roadside as you drive into Cambus itself. Behind their blackened shape may exist the remnants of the distillery; next time I should pull over and go for a walk.
Bottled: 22/11/13 (22 years old)
Cask: refill butt, number 55888
Additional: natural colouring and I’d presume un-chill filtered given the contents floating in my drams. I prefer this although I suspect its the very tight-fitting cork.
Price: Exclusively available from the Whisky Exchange for £60.26 prior to selling out
Colour: a sun-kissed beach
Nose: crushed coconut that most distinctive of grain characteristics. Fresh vanilla and then we’re left to ponder the influence of the butt here which forms a soft undercurrent of jasmine, basil, marzipan, worn leather and noticeable floral notes with the addition of water. A fresh creaminess and vibrancy that hints at key lime pie. At the end a subtle touch of spice; cracked black pepper.
Taste: nice biscuits which for those unaware is a classic rectangular thin biscuit with coconut flavouring. During the long finish does the sherry influence come to the surface but with water it is propelled onto the palate much earlier. A nuttiness is evident with toasted oats, granola and warm caramel.
This Cambus is a very playful and interesting malt to dissect in the glass. Each time I find something new. It’s a restrained chap, quite content to do its own thing without attracting much attention. A perfect whisky to serve up as a talking piece.
Watch out as there could be another Cambus review later this year with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling G8.4 recently, which was impressive on my initial tasting.