THE PERFECT FIFTH CAMBUS 1976 #70076 42 YEAR OLD SINGLE GRAIN, 57.6% ABV,
Cask No. 05916
Nose: Classic for the distillery, showing good corn oil and accompanying acacia honey sweetness; the oak offers a delicate Canadian touch.
Taste: Stunning texture: a rare grain that appears both firm and yielding at the same moment. Also, exceptional crispness to the maple syrup sweetness. Big spices up front balance things beautifully.
Finish: Begins to show a little age here with a vague bitterness apparent. But the tannins hold their own, as do the remedial sugars.
Balance: An impressive example of what then was arguably the finest grain distillery in Scotland. The structure is sound and the Canadian style of whiskey is exactly what should be expected of a fine corn Cambus of this age. There is a slightly nagging bitterness caused by the tiring oak, but the inherent sweetness controls this well. The sugar-spice balance is pretty near perfection. Has the odd fault, but the complexity of the sweet riches outweigh those slightly bitter failings.
- JIM MURRAY’S WHISKY BIBLE 2020
Perfect equilibrium can also be found in taste, this results when all five tastes that a person can sense become flawlessly aligned. As Scotch whisky matures, it draws flavor from the wood, developing a flavor profile unique to itself. Seldom do the five tastes develop with true harmony and complexity. When selecting casks of such high quality, it is this perfect fifth that we are seeking; that perfect equilibrium of flavor notes, which are so often sought after but so rarely found.
The Perfect Fifth scours distilleries all over Scotland, from the Orkney Islands to the Lowlands, from Campbeltown to Speyside, in an effort to find the magnum opus of each distillery.
What they have uncovered is a selection of whiskeys that are extraordinary examples of that distillery’s unique character.
Never before has Scotch whisky been presented in this way. The unique packaging is reminiscent of the whisky cask complete with textures and grooves intended to evoke the craftsmanship, and artistry, of the cooper. The miniature casks are a captivating reminder of the time the spirit has spent in oak, developing a unique and inimitable flavor profile.
Open the bottle to experience a multitude of aromas from the hand-selected whiskey within. Once it passes the lips, expect a full-bodied and complex flavor profile, a sensation that is unique to each release and has passed uncompromising quality standards.
The Perfect Fifth is a complex, yet artistic, form of equilibrium. When the notes in these fine whiskeys align they create an unmatched experience. Enjoy!