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Archive for the ‘Speyside’ Category

Color: Real dark, beautiful mahogony

Nose: What a monster! Moist brown sugar. Maple sap and pine pitch. Orange blossom honey and old orange liqueurs. Walnut skins. At last, some stewed prunes arrive with a touch of lemon balm. Elvoves further on big, beautiful dark chocolate, and further on raisins and menthol, some cocoa or shea butter and aloe. Coffee, soft cinnamon, apple butter, and a hint of heather. Wood notes growing now on birch bark and bit of sawdust.

Palate: Demerera rum and coffee, cola, gentian, more chocolate, tons of orange pith, birch syrup, orange liqueur, walnut liqueur, every damn root, herbs, woods and spicy english pipe tobacco and the leather pouch it’s held in. It’s lively, too, almost effervescent.

Worth every penny and worth buying several. Love that rich old extracted sherry-monster.

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Subtle yellow curry jumps out at first, the entry is drying but with none of the bitterness associated with too much oak. Sherry and caramel marry beautifully into the most lovely sweetness. Coriander, white peppercorns; very nutty with crushed pecans hazelnuts and marzipan. Crazy combination of drying and mouth-watering simultaneously. Incredibly juicy sherry, light maple syrup, crumbly nougat, and pretzels. Very chewy. Strawberries and cream, dried hay, poppy seeds, sesame oil, red currants, caraway seeds and fennel pollen, and persimmons.

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Malty nose with a real grassy, whole grain entry on the palate. Beautiful character of simply a more bitter, flavorful grain than corn or wheat, more like a rye but distincly barley. Mouthfeel is hugely rich and oily giving notes of salt, greek yogurt, and grapefruit backed up by subtler notes of black peppercorns, honeysuckle, soot, and blackberries, with a slightly sweet and vaguely spicey finish on toffee and pickled ginger.

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Typical sherry nose but showing some autumn wheat, bergamot, slate, salt, a little damp earth, some cardamom, tarragon, turmeric, and pink peppercorns. Really high quality sherry on this one. Hints of coffee, crisp fall leaves, Bosc pears, and still-dirty freshly-picked mint.

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Noses on right tangerine, soft lemon, and white peony. Very curious mouthfeel; sharp on entry than turns ultra soft on a dime. Very fleshy, with tart peaches and lime cordial, tangerine juice and vanilla.

Heavenly. I could drink this malt all day every day.

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Big nose of sherry and butter, just velvet on the nostrils. Nosing cinnamon and baked apples, vanilla and black pepper. There’s no alcohol, no tannins, not a single note to detract from the perfection of this dram. Curiously sour on the palate. Sour attack on cherry pie, super juicy sour red currants, just perfect. Develops into something much darker now, showing demerera rum, molasses, and chocolaty sherry notes. Around the edges it shows notes of papaya, guava, and pink, fleshy lychees.

A real stunner.

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Nice caramel with some veiling, slightly tannic wood. Pretty closed with boozy top-notes of mint and eucalyptus but not directly smelling of alcohol. With water it develops some interesting bitter dried orange peel and super jammy cherry notes. Very freshly caramelized sugar develops and dark, earthy dirt is revealed underneath.

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