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The whisky

List of the bottles

See also the tasting notes of the samples the distillery gave me so kindly during my visit


Speyside: embouteillages officiels

Speyside

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Official
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
73/100
Speyside 10
Nose:Pronounced oily nuttiness.
Palate:Sweet, buttery, rich. Some cream toffee, cookies and caramel.
Finish:Faintly kirsch-like fruitiness.
Personal Comment
The nose is pronounced, with some malt hints and something else which I not really can recognise, followed by a pleasant and sweet palate feeling (caramel?) and by a finish of average length make from a dram of this whisky a pleasant moment, however this bottling is not a must in any collection.
74/100
The relatively simple nose is marked by malt and some slight hints of ripe fruits. In the palate, a rather pleasant taste with some touches of bitterness (walnut?) and a general great flatness. No sup rise. The same conclusions for the finish. Gentle finish but nothing more, and the same bitterness stays in mind for some short instants...
70/100
The nose is very fruity, something between pear and green apple with a hint of pepper. It is quite fresh, touches of cut grass on a woody background.
In the mouth, the first impression is dryness, and clear woody hints are present, with however a kind of smoothness contrasting with the bitterness of the wood. A nice finish, fruity and rather long.
74/100
The nose is marked by malt and plum jam with clear presence of beer yeast.
In the palate, a bit of acidity, few or no complexity.
The finish is short and fresh.
70/100
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Dark gold, shady amber.
Nose: Soft malt, cereals, heather honey and small whiffs of smoke (in this order). In the beginning a little like a good blend. Later there are very appealing and not at all disturbing notes of white cheese or sour cream, also dried apricots. Also a very interesting musty note shows up, reminding a little of mowed grass in the rain, softly beginning to rot, sounds strange but is very pleasant in the glass.
Taste: The floral notes are getting stronger and a very pleasant bitter herbal note is adding itself (black tea). A beautiful balance between smoke and honey.
Finish: Long and surprisingly fulfilling. The herbal bitter delivers a nice crescendo, and fades into soft fruity aromes
Conc.: An interesting dram bottled in perfect strength for this whisky, far away from being “The Best Whisky in the world”, as the label prouldly boasts but sure a refreshing step off of the Speyside mainstream.
Tasting date: November/2nd/2009
79/100

Speyside 12 years


Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40%
Bottler
Official
=25 euros< 25 euros
Speyside 12
Personal Comment
The nose is rather marked by malted barley with some vanilla on the background and some undergrowth notes and some animal touches.
The first impression in the palate is a kind of weakness, which is quickly replaced by a great sweetess and some slightly bitter touches, not really woody, but more nutty.
The finish is not too long, and some bitterness is still present.
The quality of this whisky would probably be improved by some additional degrees of alcohol. This would have influenced the general impression favorably, even if this whisky is already quite nice.
79/100

Independant bottlings Speyside

Speyside

Scott's Selection 1991

Collection
Natural Cask Strength
Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
61,1 %
Bottler
Scott's Selection
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
79/100
Speyside Scott's selection
Personal Comment
The nose is very fresh and rather rich, slighlty acid and with some nice hints of fruit and cut grass. The mouth is first very fruity, remaining pear alcohol, but rather smooth too despite the very high percentage of alcohol. The finish is warm and very pleasant, still on pear flavors with later some malty whiffs. A very good bottle, even if it is not really within my own taste pattern, as I'm not a fan of too fruity whiskies.
79/100
The nose is clearly marked by spices and cereals. Then some fruity smells and discrete vanilla hints appear. Mouth is somewhere between the malt smoothness and the vanilla on one hand and some acidity and bitterness on the other hand. Not citrus acidity, but something different. A bitter but quite a nice acidity. The finish is long and both slightly bitter and rather smooth, marked a bit by the alcohol.
79/100

Speyside

Cu Dhub

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Mac Y
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
65/100
This is a whisky from the Speyside distillery to which black caramel has been added by a Danish importer to give it an unusual colour.
This is the only black whisky currently available since Loch Dhu stopped marketing of their black whisky some years ago.
For more information on the birth of this new "Black Whisky", please have a look on the site of the Danish importer: MacY

Personal Comment
I didn't really expect much from this whisky "doctored" in order to give it an unusual colour. The colour is like coffee or cola. Not really exciting for a classic whisky lover. However the nose detects interesting aromas, between malt and spices, with slightly acid hints. The caramel addition is quick forgotten. It is a good original whisky. The taste confirms the first nose impressions. The finish is a little bit short. To make a long story short, beyond the colour gadget, this whisky is very pleasant and does not spoil a collection which is not afraid to venture off the beaten track.
74/100
During the second tasting, the rather sweet nose shows clear lacks at refinement and complexity. The original smell of the Speyside is hidden by the abnormal addition of caramel, in order to obtain the characteristic colour. In the palate, the impression is very fuzzy, between caramel and immoderate sugar, recalling the home made aperitifs, where some quinine hints appear above a kind of sweet syrup. There is nearly no finish. The first quotation seems to be totally unjustified. It has probably due to the fact I expected even less of this bottle. This bottle is to avoid, and its only interest is its unusual black colour. This is also a kind of gadget.
56/100

Speyside samples

Speyside

Best Casks of Scotland 1994

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
84/100
Personal Comment
A nice malty nose with Marshmallow notes. Some flowers too.
The mouth is even pleasant as the nose was, unadorned but perfectly honest, very smooth.
Quite a short finish, but prolonging nicely the mouth and the nose.
Nothing spectacular in this whisky, but all the pleasure of a well done spirit is present here.
84/100

Speyside

Gifted Stills 2001-2008

Collection
Gifted Stills
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
79/100
Personal Comment
The nose is clearly marked by yeast hints and malty notes. After a while, fruity (plum) motes seem to appear. The youth of this spirit is obvious.
In the palate, a taste of pear spirit dominates. A certain lack of body, but certainly not unpleasant. Ripe fruit impressions. Ripe but rather tasteless.
The finish is short and marked by yeast.
79/100

Speyside

Gifted Stills 2001-2010

Collection
Gifted Stills
Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
76/100
Personal Comment

Color: White Wine
The nose is marked primarily by malt with hints of yeast residues. An odor similar to deposits found in some bottle-fermented beer. Some smoky notes seem to hide behind that first impression. This is not my favorite scent profile.
The first impression in the mouth prolongs perfectly the nose. Malty notes with in addition a slight acidity and a semblance of bitterness. The mouth is better than the nose, but by shining an interesting complexity or a host of pleasant sensations. However, this whiskey has an interesting balance and no fault "technical". Whisky is good if not great.
The finish is very fresh even though the notes of yeast, which marked the mouth and nose are still present.
Whisky probably pleasant to drink but a bit boring tasting.
76/100


Speyside

Best Casks of Scotland 1994

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
75/100
Personal Comment

Color: White Wine
The nose has some hints of yeast dominating of pleasant but relatively flat malt impressions, lacking a little relief. This whisky is a bit lower (at least in the nose) compared to his younger brother from 1996. After a few minutes appear notes of hay, but are perhaps a little too discrete.
In the mouth, an impression of roasted malt dominates quite clearly. The mouth is fairly linear, although not unpleasant, but again a little behind compared to the younger brother.
The finish is still dominated by the notes of roasted malt, but is paradoxically a little more complex than the mouth ending on notes much more bitter.
A whisky for lovers of muesli ... For those who like the linear whiskies , predictable and without much contrast. It's not particularly my favorite for whisky, but whisky is however well done, without defect that is sure to please many.
75/100


Speyside

Best Casks of Scotland 1996

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Cask
Sherry butt
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
80/100
Personal Comment

Colour: Pale yellow
A fruity nose quite frankly affirmed, relative complexity, mix of sweet notes of ripe fruit is slightly acid notes and green apple.
The taste is initially sweet, extending the impressions of the nose. It evolves rapidly enough to the first notes of malt and then slowly tastes slightly bitter. From ripe peach to the cashews through impressions of muesli.
The finish is long and fresh, marked especially by gently bitter notes.
A very nice surprise. This whisky exceeds in complexity and enjoy what I expect from a Speyside distillery like.
80/100


Speyside

1993, sherry butt

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
61,7 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry butt
Cask number
single cask 636
Dates
Distil: 18/10/1993 Bottling: 07/2009
Bottle
192 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
79/100
Speyside 1993 mos
Personal Comment
The nose is pleasantly marked by malt and some fresh cut grass and pepper mint scents. Quite a good general impression. Balance and a kind of complexity characterises the nose.
In the palate, the same freshness and the same interesting complexity too. However, the alcohol is to obviously present and tends to kill the papilla's. A development from grass freshness on nutty notes is perceptible behind the alcohol burning sensation.
The finish is lingering and without any surprise, as it just prolongs the mouth.
79/100

Not in collection: Speyside

Speyside

Carn Mor 1995

Collection
Carn Mor
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Scottish Liqueur Centre
Cask
Sherry butt
Cask number
single cask 18
Dates
Distil: 1995 Bottling: 2009
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
80/100
Personal Comment

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