M&S 10yo Speyside Single Malt Whisky 40% ABV


Grabbed on the way to a stay with friends in Devon last weekend, this whisky doesn’t exist anywhere apparently! I can only find a 12yo mentioned online.

Appearance: Old gold. Many thick trails seep down the glass underneath a substantial swirl mark. Quite a few teardrops form and a surprisingly thick film wraps around the inside of the glass.

Nose: Not a bad level of alcohol for the ABV. Toffee apple, confectionary sugar, done oak and orchard fruits, especially plum. Some dark chocolate and plywood notes emerge as the dram matures too.

Palate: Quite a thin mouthfeel. Again, a decent level of ethanol and a nice warming in the chest and throat.
Plenty of caramel, honey, oak, the confectionary sugar note and toffee apple.
Some Christmas spices show up after a few sips, adding a new mellow layer to balance the sweetness.

Finish: Medium to long. The spices, sugar and toffee apple notes all last a good amount of time. The caramel lingers well too.

Overall: I’ll be honest, I’ve tasted much worse for much more. It’s full of pleasant and friendly notes, both in the nose and palate, all balanced nicely and with a good deal to discover for such a reasonably priced whisky.
Don’t get me wrong, it won’t light up your tasting evening, but for £30 it’s not bad, not bad at all.

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