Bought – ASDA, 13th August 2014
82/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
An upgrade! My miniature of the Clubhouse has finally been surpassed by its big brother, the 70cl version. I was a bit concerned it might be 50cl because there appears to be two sizes of the big version mentioned online, and sometimes even the sellers get them muddled up. If you go shopping for this blend then watch out for that.
When I posted about my miniature of the Clubhouse last year I mentioned the Whisky Bible score but not what the author, Jim Murray, had to say, which was “not quite the clean, bright young thing it was many years back. But great to see it back in my nosing glass after such a long while…” This had me reaching for my 2009 copy of the Bible and, sure enough, no Clubhouse or any of the Old St Andrews range. I went back to 2006 and there they were. Back then the Clubhouse scored 90/100, which was the best of the bunch with a 5yo scoring 77/100, an 8yo scoring 69/100 and a 12yo scoring 88/100. Although standards for the relaunched Clubhouse have slipped (in Jim’s opinion), the new aged-statements (Twilight, Fireside and Nightcap) appear to be an improvement on their predecessors. It’s clearly swings and roundabouts, or should that be ‘swings and putts’?! 🙂