Time for another speysider, and a mothballed one to. This distillery was mothballed around 2009, but a couple of years later(2011) it was bought by Ian Macleod, and so their planning to re-open the distillery the 4th of may this year according to this poster I found on maltmadness’ website. —>
And the sample I’m about to review is in fact from Ian Macleod, though as an independent bottling. It’s been matured in a fino sherry butt, march 1994 – september 2010. 240 bottles available.
On the nose: classic sherry with a sting of alcohol. I find figs, cinnamon and white chocolate. With water added, berries are coming through, cloudberries. Whipped cream, some salt briny note, cheap port wine, lemon licourice(KICK), black pepper and old leather furniture.
Palate: Wet, spiced honey, spiced rum(?) and warm prunes. There’s some rotten/bitter wood here as well. Too strong to drink neat. With water, salt appears. And spices, very spicy on the palate with herbal notes. Coriander maybe? Prominent sherry dominating all the way. Finish dries the tounge with a bit of a dusty mouthfeel.
Lovely dram, but not something I would drink as an allrounder I guess.