Six random Speyside single malts
| 21 Nov 2011 |
Six Speysiders I selected for a recent tasting:
Benriach Horizons 12 y.o. 50%:
Nice creamy nose with honey and dried fruits from the sherry wood, also notes of sponge cake, apricot and orange
marmalade. Light, sweet palate with a fresh fruitiness (orange) and a note of custard. Clean and fresh but slightly thin.
Drying and develops oak. Nice spicy, oaky finish. All in all nicely balanced and more-ish.
Auchroisk 1990 21 y.o. 50% (Douglas Laing DL7045):
The nose is buttery with notes of custard, lemon and wild berries. Unfortunately also a strange sour note and
a hint of tequila. The palate is cleaner and much nicer - it's sweet, smooth and chewy. Also oaky and spicy with
a note of peppermint. Drying, develops a note of cardboard. Nice finish with oak, honey and citrus.
All in all interesting but uneven and very disappointing for an Auchroisk.
Glenlivet Nàdurra 16 y.o. 54.2% (bottled Nov. 2009):
Very nice, fresh nose with notes of vanilla, orange, apricot and oak. Creamy, chewy palate with vanilla, oak and
apricot marmalade. Develops a note of mint that lingers into the finish. Oaky, fruity finish. Very similar to the
original 48% bottling.
Dailuaine 1983 27 y.o. 50% (Douglas Laing DL5809):
The nose is floral, fruity, oaky and surprisingly smoky. Nice! The palate is at first light, sweet and fruity with notes of citrus
and mint, then it's drying and suddenly quite smoky. As the smoke slowly fades it develops floral notes, peppermint and oak.
Very nice. The finish is quite oaky and spicy. Warming with a lingering smoky note. All in all it's temperamental yet charming
with a unique, fascinating development. The finish is a bit too hot and oaky, however (perhaps it's a little too old).
Ardmore 25 y.o. 51.4%:
Restrained, rather nice nose with wood smoke, wood shavings and citrus. It's also herbal and slightly medicinal
(but less so than a south shore Islay). Sweet, fruity, malty palate (orange marmalade on toast). Balanced,
medium-bodied. Drying, develops oak and a little heat, also smoke. Very nice finish: smoky, oaky and warming.
All in all balanced and restrained. Classy!
Strathisla 25 y.o. 43% (Gordon & MacPhail):
Very nice, complex nose with oak, gingerbread, honey and a hint of linseed oil. It's a little harsh neat but a little water
takes care of that. Water also brings out notes of citrus and peppermint. Rich palate with notes of dried fruits and
gingerbread. Quite oaky and spicy, also dry and rather hot. Water turns the heat down and brings out sweetness,
honey and orange marmalade. Very nice! The finish is hot, spicy and dry with oak, gingerbread and peppermint.
With water it's sweeter, milder, less spicy and oaky (and very similar to the 40% bottling from a few years ago).
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