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Grand Outdated Parr isn’t a model that we’ve seen quite a lot of stateside and nothing, till not too long ago, past the flagship 12 year old blend. Its substantial recognition in Latin America impressed Diageo to deliver extra of the stuff north to our honest shores earlier this yr, together with this bottle, the portfolio’s venerable 18-year-old providing. Per the distillery, this mix is comprised of, amongst different issues, “the rarest and most characterful malts from Cragganmore.” Which, properly, is type of an enormous deal since you nearly by no means get that type of transparency a couple of mix, nevertheless restricted, particularly not from a whisky powerhouse like Diageo. The youthful Outdated Parr is a superb sufficient mix, however let’s see what the older Outdated Parr has to supply, we could?
The nostril is noticeably much less candy than the youthful expression with larger, nuttier malt notes (maybe the Cragganmore at work). There’s nonetheless a pleasant sweetness, nevertheless, with darkish honey and refined vanilla custard. As issues open up, a word of weak black tea with a twist of lemon develops. The palate is gentle with mildly candy and considerably gritty cereal notes that flip extra to roasted nuts within the mid-palate. The grain part presents itself extra heading into the end with a candy, skinny vanilla word and a few muted baking spice. Like its youthful sibling, there’s nothing earth shattering or advanced about this one, regardless of its moniker. The conclusion, a medium-length contact of smoke and dried pink fruits, retreats as gently because it arrived. A wonderfully serviceable and simple mix, however the 12-year-old is a greater worth with maybe a bit extra to supply.