The Speyside Single Malt, 52.8% ABV.

speyside single malt

American Oak Hogshead #1283 – 22yrs old – Distilled October 1998/ Bottled March 2021 by The Whisky Cellar.

Tasted as party of the @TweetTastings for @whisky_cellar on twitter on 31/3/2021.

Appearance

This whisky is medium gold in colour, it beads up on the swirl line, and has a combination of quick and slow medium legs.

Nose

Initially the nose is quite light. Lemon meringue pie, rose water, perfume, floral, fresh cut grass and Parma violets form the main part of the palate. Earthiness and light dunnage hand around in the background. Overall i’d have to say that this is a rather elegant whisky. With some time in the glass i get quite a bit of honey and honeydew melon, not a note i get very often.

Palate

So much confectionery sweetness initially, I love this, perfume again. Slowly it develops into heavier and darker notes. we’re now into coffee, menthol and figs. A foresty note now rather than cut grass, oak, golden syrup again, and cranberries and some very feint drying.

Finish

The finish is long side of medium and quite spicy too. Definitely cardamom, star anise, aniseed, ginger, a salt note, black coffee, oak. The whole dram changes on its way through to be honest, lovely development for me.

My thoughts

This is the first time i tried any whisky from the Speyside Distillery, it is quite elegant, floral and cut grass, Speyside region aromas and flavours initially. Then the lovely development into darker notes. It’s another distillery I’ve tasted and really enjoyed. The distillery is only 30 years old and i hope to try more from them in the future.

Would i buy a bottle?

It’s another yes, definitely a style i like and something new. Trying new distillery whisky is a real pleasure, and this one doesn’t disappoint in my humble opinion.

Thanks to – @whisky_cellar, @Tweettastings, @TheWhiskyWire, @ReviewsWhisky and @WhiskyWings, all can be followed below.

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