Spicy & dry

Cask No. 41.81   

Unravel the mystery

Speyside, Spey

The initial comments on the nose neat were ranged from ‘very little’, over ‘shy’ to ‘austere’; but when given a little time a picture evolved, like making a puzzle out of pieces you don’t think belong together. How about a dessert made with whipped ricotta, rhubarb, candied olives and tarragon syrup.  Let’s give it a try; sweet and spicy with some creaminess and sourness, flavours of vanilla, cinnamon, Turkish delight and rhubarb – all well balanced. Water added maple glazed pineapple tarts and apple and cinnamon spiced Danish on the nose and we were all taken by surprise with the dry, spicy wood finish.

Drinking tip: When doing a jigsaw

Colour: Sandstone
Cask: First-fill barrel
Age: 12 years
Date distilled: May 2004
Alcohol: 59.1%
USA allocation: 150 bottles

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