The Speyside distillery doesn’t have an official commercialization. One hence needs to go through independent bottlers to see what it’s got. Is this version from a Sherry hogshead really a 85€ worth treasure?
Nose : We start the fight with a very milky set, going from brioche to fruit yogurt. The malt ain’t at rest and we also perceive a bit of wax in the background. Then, a bit of mint arrives with fresh fruits that reveal a certain youth (apples, pears, peaches). Finally, we find lime tree, laurels, vanilla and sesame oil. If we take off the alcohol presence, we have a pretty little nose, which doesn’t show off, advancing with baby steps. The opening brings toffee and custard. Not really an active sherry anyway. Water makes it softer with a raise of the floral and fruity impact (apples, peaches) in the middle of whipped cream.
Mouth : The texture is smooth (between cream and aerial aspect) with a flavor melting pot: vanilla, coconut, rose, blood orange and strawberries. It is a quite compact mouth that pelts its flavors before recanting. The spices are also here (cinnamon, ginger, paprika) with a dash of honey and white peaches. Finally, we find a bit of star anise. We have a mouth that is a bit strange, nested, but that lacks percussion in time. Water has low impact except flattening the profile.
Finish : It is pretty long with a good dose of spices (pepper, ginger), with white flowers, malt and liquorice (candy). The aftertaste is on white flower, liquorice and grapefruit. A hint of ginger also remains.