Old Malt Cask
Cask No. 655
Distilled Sept 1978, bottled March 2004
Natural Cask Strength 61.1%
This description fits with the Platinum range, but the bottle has the presentation of the normal (50% vol) OMCs.
It is also labelled as "Advance Sample" for Alambic Classique.
I have just the one of these and it will be used in a forthcoming "Gourmet" evening, but I would like to ask if anyone is familiar with this, or similar, presentations?
It just seemed strange to find a normal looking OMC at over 60%.
If anyone has sampled this one, I'd appreciate your tasting notes too.
Edit: Sorry. Just had a closer look at the bottle to see it is a 700ml. I'm used to seeing the label on the 20cl bottles they do.
I've never seen an "Advance Sample" for Alambic Classique or any of them at cask strength except for a couple of 70cl OMC's. I'd love to see some tasting notes of that PE if you ever decide to open it.
Edit: I should say Diageo's predecessor, UD or DCL.
The Port Ellen in question with the different label was bottled exclusively for Alambic Classique in Germany. They chose the cask, and decided that they would prefer a larger version of the 20cl label to be applied instead of the normal OMC label.
Alambic also chose to to bottle it at cask strength!
The whisky is of the same quality as OMC, but bottled at a different strength, with a different label, so when you taste it, you can be assured of it's quality!
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