Cambus Distillery was founded in 1806 and originally produced malt whisky. In the 1830s Coffey stills replaced pot stills and the distillery focused on distilling grain whisky.
In 1877 Cambus was one of the founders of DCL (Distillers Company Limited), predecessor to Diageo. The distillery closed in September 1993 but its warehouses and filling station are still in use, mainly for spirit form nearby Cameronbridge distillery. Cambus single grain was officially bottled only once (2016) and independent bottlings are very rare. The whisky presented here was distilled in April 1979 and aged in refill hogshead # DL 13461 for 40 years. Bottled at natural strength of 53.5% as part of Douglas Laing’s prestigious Black Series in September 2019 with an outrun of 312 bottles.
Nose: sweet and mildly spicy, vanilla, milk chocolate, treacle toffee, cappuccino, dash of cinnamon and coconut shavings and polished oak.
Palate: fruity, orange peel, grapefruits, coconut shavings, vanilla, butter cookies, toffee, hints of marzipan, cinnamon and perfectly integrated oak.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of sweet cereals, vanilla, honey, pralines, cinnamon, hints of cloves and oak.