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’?! 🙂
Bought – Justminiatures, 2nd May 2014
94.5/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
I have to take my hat off to Old St Andrews Limited for producing such interesting containers for their whisky. Not only do they have bottles looking like golf balls but barrels too. Last year I purchased a miniature of their ‘Clubhouse’ version, and the cute little glass ball left me wanting more. The ‘Clubhouse’ is the entry level NAS (non-age statement) blend in the range, which also includes the following 3 with their respective Whisky Bible scores:
- Twilight (10-year-old) – 94.5/100
- Fireside (12-year-old) – 88.5/100
- Nightcap (15-year-old) – 89/100
No need to guess why I bought Twilight, which Jim Murray describes as “lip-smacking Scotch malt whisky as it should be” and “full of invigorating freshness which fills the heart with hope and joy”. Clearly it’s not always about the age that gives a whisky its beauty.
A blend of quality that’s much more than a novelty bottle, but that aspect certainly adds to the presentation. An ideal gift for a golfer who also enjoys the occasional dram.
Bought – Drink Supermarket, 28th July 2013
82/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
How could anyone resist the cuteness of this bottle?! And with 82/100 from the Whisky Bible it falls into the catagory of a ‘good whisky worth trying’ so the contents is going to be nice too! My 5cl miniature set me back £3.13 but I notice ASDA do a big bottle for £21. If this tastes as good as my golf then I wont be bothering to visit ASDA. There are others in the ‘Old St Andrews’ range worth looking at though. Varieties such as Fireside, Nightcap and Twilight certainly float Jim Murray’s boat with some good scores. I’ve also seen miniatures of a Par 3 and Par 4, so I could end up with a glass golf ball collection!