Five unusual Speyside single malts from Signatory
| 7 Dec 2011 |
Allt-a-Bhainne 1991 19 y.o. (55.6%):
Citrus and oak on the nose, unfortunately also a note of perfumed soap. Rich, sweet, quite fruity palate with citrus,
oak and malt - much nicer than the nose. Oak and vanilla on the finish. The perfume returns, but only faintly this time.
A note of mint at the end.
Braeval 1998 12 y.o. (57.5%):
Fragrant, fruity, slightly floral nose. Notes of citrus, oak shavings and vanilla. Very nice! Sweet, fresh palate with
honey and a little oak. Zesty and nicely balanced. Fruity, oaky, very nice finish with a note of mint. All in all clean, fresh
and very drinkable.
Craigellachie 2002 8 y.o. (sherry butt, 60.0%):
Complex, unusual yet nice nose with honey, caramelized sugar and spices (spiced rum). Also citrus. Sweet palate with
dried fruits, a bit like a Spanish brandy. Drying, develops notes of oak and honey. Very nice balance between sweet
fruits and spicy oak. Nice oaky, fruity finish. All in all unusual but unusually good for an 8 y.o.
Glentauchers 1981 30 y.o. (refill sherry butt, 56.0%):
Nose: Honey, orange marmalade, peppermint and a little oak. Palate: Fresh, sweet and smooth with orange and oak.
Develops spices. Finish: Oak and citrus. Overall: It's amazingly fresh for a 30 y.o. with surprisingly little oak. It doesn't
have much of a sherry character either but it's balanced, very nice and very drinkable.
Tormore 1992 18 y.o. (49.7%):
Fruity nose with citrus and oak. Orange marmalade. Nice yet slightly earthy. Sweet palate with malt, honey and citrus.
Unfortunately also a little musty. Develops a dull oaky note. Quite oaky finish but - again - dull. (A little overaged, I suspect.)
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