On the 2015 novelties section from Douglas of Drumlanrig, here is a very young Glen Spey nearly colorless. This unique cask takes us out to a childish Speyside trip. A regressive dram?
Nose : Pear and vanilla are the first scents to show themselves. We then have a very sweet cereal note which clearly becomes the main tone. We could think of an evolution, but this whisky seems to play on defense. Some canned pineapple juice, a little of industrial gingerbread and some lemon, that’s all we’re going to get. A rather rough nose which is perfectly anchored in its juvenile state.
Mouth : The texture isn’t unpleasant but the flavors don’t convince us. It’s very ‘new make’-like, with some malt, a little bit of lemon and some cooked pear (a lot). It swims in a very alcoholic bath which makes it somewhat aggressive. Spices then turn up with some cinnamon and some cumin. Water doesn’t bring any diversity but makes it way more drinkable.
Finish : It’s short even if alcohol brings spices again. The aftertaste is just as narrow with always this alcoholic presence, those spices and this cereal note (not sweet this time).