Speyside Single Malt, 55.8%, 70cl — Single Cask # 29488, Hogshead Limited edition of 251 bottles — LMDW Exclusive
Deep burnished gold
Refined, distinguished. The very slender first nose is a subtle mix of citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit), vanilla, wildflower (dandelion, buttercup), ripe fruit (pear, apple) and spices (black pepper). Allowed to breathe, the spices become hot (Cayenne pepper) and Mirabelle plum, pineapple and banana are added to the fruits found on the first nose. Malted barley then fills the aromatic palette with resinous notes (pine, thuja). As a whole, the nose is remarkably consistent.
Clean, lively. The same citrus fruits from the nose bring lots of energy to the attack, as new fruits (peach, canary melon) appear. On the mid-palate, malted barley creates a beautifully herbaceous transition. The end of the palate is then slightly medicinal (ointment), vanilla and floral (lily, iris). Gradually, a magnificent chocolate bitterness adds relief to the flavour palette’s mouth-watering character.
Long, full. At the start of the finish, noble spices (cinnamon, ginger, cumin) arrive just before exotic (persimmon, guava), honeyed (acacia) and herbaceous (straw, flax) flavours. Refreshing, the very end of the palate is mentholated and then medicinal (tiger balm). Much later, coconut milk, vanilla and lavender honey bring lots of sweetness to the retro-nasal olfaction. The empty glass is malty (barley pulp), powdery (rice), fruity (William’s pear) and slightly animal (bacon).