Haig Gold Label

Blended — Scotland

4.0 out of 5 stars
I got a sample of this 1940's era blended scotch as a bonus sample from the SDT group. Very excited to try something from so long ago. The bottle actually used the old imperial proofing system. 70 degrees proof, which translates to 40% ABV. No idea if colorant is added or if it's chill filtered (did they do that back then?). It is a deep amber color that really looks natural. The nose is a bit of an oddity. Very different from today's style, but that's not to say that it's bad. Rich, dark, roasted notes. Burnt caramel and roasted Brazil nuts. Vanilla and creme brûlée, coffee and a little wood smoke. Dark sherry and dates. There is a little tar/rubber/creosote smell that is nice but very muted. Caramel apples and a bit of sulfur, but it's actually a pleasant sulfur. Slight oak and a little citrus towards the end of the dram. The palate is rich and echoes the nose. Dark caramel, creme brûlée, vanilla and dark sherry. There is something peaty that resembles the feeling of a Laphroaig or maybe a Bowmore. Not what I was expecting but I like it. Some molasses rounds it out. Light to medium bodied, watery but smooth mouthfeel. Sadly the finish is short. Mostly sherry with some peat smoke. This blend is so different from what is out there today. It's hard to compare it to anything I've had before. I like it, that much I know. If this is a typical example of what was coming out of Scotland 3 generations ago, then it was a good time to be alive...except for WWII. A well put together blend, I'd love to know what's in it. I saw on The Whisky Exchange that these bottles go for upwards of £400 (which I believe is around $475), and while I wouldn't pay that much I would still love to get my hands on more. I considered scoring it at 3.75, but the cool factor bumped it up to 4. Thanks for the sample Pranay. Cheers
  • Generously_Paul

    Thanks for the offer PB, but I'll pass. There are so many samples each round I don't need to spend a night on something I've already tried

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    I can include another sample of this for you on round 4

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    I also noticed I had to let this one 'air out' quite a bit by swirling it around the glass, and leaving it out quite a while before drinking it. Benefited from some air exposure, was confined way too long in that bottle

  • Generously_Paul

    Thanks, I didn't even think of checking with old Ralfy on this one. Honestly, he's gotten a little too preachy for me lately. Anyways it good to know that they have consistency over at Haig.

  • cascode

    Nice review. There is a Ralfy video where he compares a contemporary bottle of Haig Gold with one from the 1960s and concluded that by and large they were the same. I thought your comments were applicable to the recent bottle I have, too, so this has been very consistent over the years.