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Grand Old Parr, 12-year-old (Scotland)
While Diageoís Johnnie Walker blended Scotch whisky is the categoryís global best-seller, the company produces a total of around 80 blends, many of which are far less well known internationally, and often enjoy strong regional followings. One such blend is Grand Old Parr 12-year-old, principally sold in Central and South American markets, but well worth sampling if you can locate a bottle. The blend is named after Thomas Parr, reputedly Britainís oldest man, who was born in 1483 and died during 1635. The 152-year-old was buried in Londonís Westminster Abbey and his name was first used in relation to a Scotch whisky brand in 1909. Malt, dried fruit, sherry, vanilla, cinnamon and Jaffa oranges on the nose. Full-bodied, with brown sugar, raisins, honey, cinnamon, caramel, and a suggestion of peat on the palate. Lengthy in the spicy finish, with more orange, cinnamon and mild peat. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, £40.00, specialist whisky merchants.

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