This bourbon cask should deliver us a part of this Speysider’s soul, mature enough to have things to tell. Completely remade in 2004, will the distillery know how to seduce us? Some answers here with this bottle, still available in Germany…
Nose : We sense that it is a nose that works with layers. We have a yeast level, a rock (talc) level, and a citrus level (the lemon is quite citric). However, we’re getting some fresh plants notes (fern) or even hay. The whole is completed by gray pepper, (industrial) cheesecake and wax. It needs time to show itself a bit more with coco, white peach, wood and lime. Finally, we find Ricola plant candies with notes that make the profile vary (farm cream, button mushrooms, the typical gouache of some heavy rums). A quite atypical profile, not necessarily easy but that pleasantly takes its time.
Mouth : The texture is very present with a nice aromatic amplitude, without sensing too much alcohol. We are in a profile more gourmet than at nose. We find some sugar powdered fruits : white peaches, pears but also lime. They come with coconut milk and a good lot of spices (ginger, nutmeg first). We have a return of the talk, the cereals, the lemon and the yeast in the second part of the mouth. We like the generosity of the start better, but the evolution is interesting. Despite its alcohol level, it remains easily drinkable despite the warmth that it creates.
Finish : We still get this mineral impression on the finish with lemon, cereals, yeast and a bit of coconut milk. The whole comes back on wood and bitterness (spices, citrus fruits). A way drier and long finish. The aftertaste is, however, way less pleasant, giving into a prolongated bitterness.