Hunter Laing Glen Spey Tasting Notes

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Glen Spey, Scotch Whisky A-G

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 1997 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2461/ Dist: Jan 1997 Btl: July 2016?/ Tasted: Aug 2016

The aromas are quite herbal and rye-like with a slight feinty edge. Simple with hints of white liquorice and oily lemon.

The palate is slightly cardboardy with barley, citrus and a touch of vanilla. Simple with the cardboard returning on the finish along with some bittering oak and herbal notes. Light marzipan after-taste.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 1990 (25 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2583/ Dist: Oct 1990 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

The nose opens with a little smoky and dusty spice along with a touch of digestive biscuits. Surprisingly there is a little feinty, industrial hardness to the aromas, although a touch of sweet vanilla comes to the rescue.

The palate is thankfully cleaner and fuller with vanilla and grippy oak notes. Hints of white fruit, barley and honey follow. The oak bitters a little on the middle but some mouth-watering grapefruit appears as well. The finish is pretty citric with a Riesling-esque petrolly note and lingering barley, honey and vanilla.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glen Spey 1991? (25 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead?/ OMC2648/ Dist: 1991? Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose oozes herbal barley, honey and subtle, but mature toasty oak. Hints of malt, white liquorice, straw, wheat biscuits and white fruit emerge. Wonderfully vibrant and balanced.

Quite full on the palate and lightly oiled with sweet and herbal barley, malt and subtle sweet oak. The light citrus note just about balances the sweetness and the oak asserts itself on the middle. Long and vibrant as the citrus finally defeats the oak and does make the ending a little austere. Hints of herbs, mature (but not dirty) rose petals, malt and earth come through on the finish.

 


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glen Spey 2002 (11 year old) 46%

Code: HEP0038/ Dist: Aug 2002 Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

Pungent and earthy aromas of straw-like marc. Very young. Barely out of it’s nappy with a light sweet-ish barley note.

The palate is earthy and oily with a touch of ‘off the still’ pungency. Short with some straw-like marc and white fruit.

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