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Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Glen Spey 1990 (25 year old) 53.9%

Bourbon/ Dark Sherry Finish

Code: EDI0184/ Dist: Oct 1990 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

A lovely, light and citric nose, which is a bit odd considering it’s been finished in Dark Sherry (whatever that is?). Plenty of lemon zest, malt biscuits and vanilla along with a touch of menthol, grass and mint choc-chip cookies! Aromatic and surprisingly malty with a late hint of roasted hazelnuts, but no sherry that I can see!

Full and elegant with sweet barley, granulated sugar, grass and citrus. It does darken on the middle as the malt and roasted hazelnut notes arrive, but again I would say these darker notes were sherry derived? Anyway it has a good citrus finish with a real lime tartness and lingering grass and pure barley. A stunning, breath-taking finish.

Edition Spirits ‘The First Editions’ Glen Spey 1992? (25 year old) 50.7%

Refill Sherry Butt?/ Code: EDI0212/ Dist: 1992? Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Aromas of earthy and edgy dried fruit and barley. Quite herbal with a subtle balsamic note along with some almost manurey notes. Freshens a little as the citrus appears and with time hints of toffee’d oak and damp earth.

The palate is shows plenty of dark, mature, malty baked fruit and coffee. The malt really develops on the middle along with a touch of vanilla, barley and straw. Good, grippy finish with subtle citrus and mineral notes joined by some dark honey and coffee. A little drying but impressively mature.

 

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Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glen Spey 2000 (16 year old) 46%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 2000 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Quite heavy and oily on the nose with a subtle perfumed/ floral note. Hints of white fruit, barley, herbs and toffee’d spice follow. The perfumed note becomes a little soapy with time and the herbal notes become a little raw and aggressive.

The palate is a little sweeter but still quite oily with more barley character and creamy oak. Possibly a little heavy on the oak but showing a better balance with toffee and toasty notes on the middle. Long and very herbal with a slightly rye-like demeanour. The finish is a tad bitter and dry.

Highland Laird Glen Spey 1988 (26 year old) 45.6%

Bourbon Hogshead

Dist: 1988 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

A pungent and woody nose with mature coffee laced honey and hints of stewed fruit and herbs. With time a touch of treacle toffee and dark wood spices emerge.

The palate opens with the oxidised fruit which has a subtle baked character, followed by malt, treacle, liquorice and plenty of developing herbal notes. Lovely, crisp, mineral and lightly citric finish with lingering notes of old wood, coffee and malt. A lovely mature whisky!

Highland Laird Glen Spey 1988 (26 year old) 45.6%

Bourbon Hogshead

Dist: 1988 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

A pungent and woody nose with mature coffee laced honey and hints of stewed fruit and herbs. With time a touch of treacle toffee and dark wood spices emerge.

The palate opens with the oxidised fruit which has a subtle baked character, followed by malt, treacle, liquorice and plenty of developing herbal notes. Lovely, crisp, mineral and lightly citric finish with lingering notes of old wood, coffee and malt. A lovely mature whisky!

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.

Dewar Rattray Glen Spey 1991 (20 year old) 48.7%

Bourbon cask 800860/ Dist: 1991 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

A high toned and grassy nose with some bubblegummy white fruits and citrus oils. The alcohol is quite intrusive and prickly but there’s some gentle spice and oak, which becomes rather oily with time. 

Relatively soft, light and straightforward on the palate. Gently spicy and grassy with a touch of barley and malt biscuits. The alcohol is rather intrusive. 

With water the nose becomes more oily and some earthy honey is now noticeable along with some old wood notes. The palate is a tad insubstantial with surprisingly some light rose petal marc notes.

Dewar Rattray Glen Spey 1986 (27 year old) 52.5%

Bourbon Cask 1982/ Dist: 1986 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Jan 2014

The nose is a little high toned and neutral to begin with hints of white fruit, straw and white liquorice. It feels pretty ancient with a lot of dusty, peppery, old wood and camphor notes. However……… Give it some time and aeration and its all change! Now the mature honey appears and mmm, mmmm, mmmmmm! It’s truly resplendent in its dusty, honeyed, mature oak magnificence! 

The palate is venerable, soft and full. Quite coffee’d with hints of malt, hickory and dark spices. This is a real dark Glen Spey, and it begins to develop a rum-like dried fruit character. Deep and mouth-filling with the treacly oils balancing the slightly dry, woody notes and some camphor like herbal notes adding a little freshness. Big wow! Very long with all those lovely camphory herbal notes lingering and being joined by a touch of bitter, dark chocolate and spice.

Bladnoch Forum Glen Spey 1990 (21 year old) 52.7%

Bourbon Hogshead 3523/ Dist Oct 1990 Btl: April 2012/ Tasted: May 2012

A mature and slightly oily, yet wonderfully fresh and mentholated nose. Very complex with herbs, straw, dried barley husks, light, floral honey, beeswax, pollen and a touch of white flowers. Very deep and engrossing with late slightly dusty spice notes. 

The palate pretty much mirrors the nose. Delicately honeyed with mature apricot, beeswax and barley husk notes. The alcohol builds on the middle but the weight of luscious honey keeps it under control. The beautiful, mature oak comes through on the finish with a slight light coffee note. Again very complex and very good. 

A drop of water brings out a touch of tangerine and orange blossom, but does impact upon the complexity. It does the same to a certain extent on the palate but it has become a tad rounder with some lovely, soft oily vanillins now showing along with some spice on the finish. 

Bladnoch Forum Glen Spey 1990 (21 year old) 52.4%

Bourbon Hogshead 3524/ Dist Oct 1990 Btl: Mar 2012/ Tasted: May 2012

A gristier nose of barley dust and vanilla. Less aromatic than cask 3523 but denser and weightier. There is more noticeable oak and that does dampen the nose to certain extent, but with time there is some lovely, slightly floral honey character emerging. 

The palate is very much like the nose – denser, oilier and more oaked. It dries a bit towards the middle but a touch of honey attempts to counter. Quite herbal now but the oak really bitters the finish. 

A drop of water releases the aromas and it displays a lovely, Strathmill-esque orange fruit note along with some white flowers and barley. The oak is less obtrusive and the aromas have become wonderfully juicy. The palate is showing its age now and has become slightly sugary. Yes some juicy orange fruit has been released but the oak still grips and its become a tad insubstantial, although some gentle spices show on the finish now.

Diageo Flora & Fauna Glen Spey 12 year old 43%

Tasted: Nov 2011

A beautifully crisp and peppery nose with hints of fern, perfumed honey and sugar coated tangerine. Wonderfully clean and fresh with hints of malt and seed oil. 

The palate has that same freshness but it definitely has some depth. Very full in the mouth with plenty of granity honey and a distinct herbaceous character which overlays some pleasant, slightly drying oak. Mouth wateringly crisp with a gentle, slightly perfumed fade.

MurrayMcDavid Glen Spey 1996 (9 year old) 46%

Bourbon – Madeira/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2005/ Tasted: Mar2006

An exceedingly sweet nose of rich, spiced, dried fruits followed by crystalised orange and a touch of coffee. The spirit lies somewhere beneath all the finish but never really emerges, the American oak eventually does though.

The palate can be summed up in two words – Shortcake biscuits! Monstrously malty and monstrously finished – Juicy dried grape along with some plum, vanilla and guess what? Shortcake biscuits! Getting the point? Distillery character 0, Finishing cask 1

Ian MacLeod Dun Bheagan Glen Spey 15 year old 46%

First or second fill Amontillado(?) Cask/ Tasted: July 2009

Actually a lovely nose! Opening with the rich orange sherried fruit followed by leafy herbs and wood spices. There is some perfumed fruit lurking beneath the surface and it develops a late coffee and crumbly spice character.

The palate however is quite immature and all cask – leafy, herbal, green nuts and sherry. Moderate length. Fruit dies fairly quickly to leave the alcohol. A good, clean sherry cask, but a complete lack of distillery character and frankly a disappointing palate.