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28 Jan 2009

Haig Gold Label (Late George V)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

Let’s have another sample from my Advent Calendar. A very old blend, distilled during the reign of King George V: John Haig Gold Label, bottled in the 1940’s!

 Haig Gold label (late George V) 1940's

Haig Gold Label (40%, OB, 1940’s)

Quite a ‘dirty’ colour, hazelnut with a slight green hue. Nose: lots of roasted and burnt notes: really dark caramel, coffee, truffle, ‘beurre noisette’, buttered toast… you get it. Lots of toffee notes and a slight whiff of smoke. It gets ‘darker’ up to the point where a few off-notes become noticeable, like sulphur, dirt bin and some yeast. Special and interesting in its own way, but still a bit weird. Rather weak on the palate, with the same types of flavours. Coffee, burnt caramel, sweet almonds. Some bitter notes, like cloves. The aftertaste is short.

This dram had to grow on me. At first, I was overpowered by the burnt notes and it took me some time to appreciate its profile. Still, I’m grateful for having tasted a part of whisky history.

It would be unfair to score this one. I don’t have any references for this kind of whisky and it wouldn’t matter anyway because this whisky is almost gone. TWE is selling a few bottles (€ 200 – 250).

Haig Gold Label (Late George V) Ruben Luyten 2009-01-28
  • http://www.placesinfrance.com Martin

    Hi Ruben, I do like you notes on the Haig Gold Label, it help me to appreciate what I have not tasted, as I have a unopened bottle of Haig Gold Label but this one is 70% proof, believe it to be pre-1960 – I’m not sure if I can realy bring myself to open this, or sell this to soneone who would understand and appreciate its history – Regards Martin

  • http://www.visionR.be Ruben

    Well, it’s definitely not the best whisky I’ve tasted, but it was one of the most interesting experiences and “different” flavour profiles. I’m not sure if the 1950-1960’s Haig share the same notes.

  • janet

    what is gold label circa 1977 worth today I would appreciate it if you could give me an answer

  • http://www.visionR.be Ruben

    I’m afraid it’s not worth very much. I’ve seen older Haig bottlings being sold for € 20-50 because there are quite a lot of them left… Maybe this can help to find the auction price of similar bottles: http://whiskyauction.com/auction/History_vb.html

  • victor

    Hola mi nombre es victor soy de argentina y tengo una botella de whisky haig”s gold label del año 1930 o 1940 en perfecto estado con sello de plomo! Quisiera saber si usted podría decirme si tiene algún valor comercial agradecería su respuesta desde ya muchas gracias

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