our tasting notes
here are our impressions...
the tasting notes from the 52th Speyburn Tasting
Douglas Laing Provenance 9y 46%
Nose: sweetish vanilla, chamomile, apple acidity, freshly cut apple, wood
Mouth: Sweet start, a hint of pepper, strings of Haribo apples, even sweeter with water, slightly tart, and much easier to drink
Conclusion: You don't have to fill everything. No special whisky.
Gordon&MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Cask Strength 11y 59,7%
Nose:cake dough, some lemon-mint, woody, caramel, light fruitiness of apple/pear/strawberry and mirabelle plum, melon-like, roasted aromas, with water more caramel
Mouth:strong peppery-sweet note, salt, fine smoky note, dusty, old, dry, a little saltier with water, unfortunately the smoky note disappears
Conclusion: Make two out of one. This is a real discovery whisky. Here you can experiment with lots of water. All in all a really exciting and good whisky.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 88.23 12y 54%%
Nose: sour, vanilla pudding with applesauce, tobacco, cake batter, menthol
Mouth:Sweet, creamy start followed by pepper, apple, wood, coconut, “Raffaello”, much milder with water, better to work without water here, yellow plums at the end, some salt, metallic spiciness
Conclusion: A whisky that is better enjoyed without water. Not particularly complex, but tasty.