Cameronbridge Distillery, Leven, Highlands, Scotland
In about 2015, we were treated to a highly anticipated grain whiskey, a spirit spearheaded by none other than David Beckham, produced by Diageo's Cameronbridge distillery, the Haig Club.
Cameronbridge was founded in 1824 by John Haig, taking inspiration from his legendary ancestor Robert Haig who allegedly had his hand in 1655 distilled on the Sabbath day! His grain whiskey has always been used in many Scottish blends, Haig has now decided to follow the fashion and offer us a single grain expression.
As the American comedian Julius Henry Marx, better known by the nickname of Groucho Marx (1890-1977) said so well:
An intellectual is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.
As pale as an albino.
Heated rubber, vanilla, cumin and oak. Slightly sweet grain. Smells very much alcohol for a whiskey diluted to 40%, which has the effect of hiding its more complex aspects well.
Very creamy and sweet. pears and melon, vanilla and oak. Much better executed than on the nose.
A few spices full of alcohol remain in the mouth for a long time with a touch of oak. Ginger and vanilla.
I have a hard time justifying the price of a bottle like this. David Beckham clearly doesn't drink whiskey. As some would say, I have no hesitation in calling him the "Beats by Dre" of the whiskey world.