Surprised the flavour did not follow up as expected on the intriguing nose, yet there is something which keeps me coming back for more.
21 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Warming, pine heavy, lots of green – surprisingly fresh and verdant while remaining musty and inviting.\n
Palate: Palate: Starting out with honeycomb and pronounced herbal notes straight into apples, pear, maybe some peach. Surprisingly tannic and oily considering the apparent lightness.\n
Finish: A lot of dryness and bitterness surrounded by these green and nutty notes with little complexity.\n
Comment: Surprised the flavour did not follow up as expected on the intriguing nose, yet there is something which keeps me coming back for more.
Nose: Dense and oily with dusty pollen, thick set honey and barley. Robust and full with developing leafy, herbal notes and a touch of maturing fruit. With time the honey becomes lightly floral.
Palate: Full, barley with some dense but unobtrusive oak. Mouth-coating thick set honey and fruit follows giving it an unctuous mouth-feel. A touch of nippy spices balance adroitly.
Finish: Long and stony with a lovely, fresh mineral and citrus (lime, mandarin) finish.
Comment: A classic, full-bodied Spey, \nworth buying for the finish alone!
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