Speciality Drinks – Single Malts of Scotland
Here at Whisky Boys HQ I received a selection of new releases from Speciality Drinks, on this fine afternoon I am taking the opportunity to taste three. I have chosen the youngest, the oldest and a Glenburgie which I have not tasted since I visited the Distillery a few years ago.
First up is the youngest:-
The colour was a pale golden barley. The first sip gave away it’s young age. It is light and simple with a slight spirity aroma. On my palate I got some lemon, creamy spiced oak, giving a zingy mouth feel. I added a touch of water which brought out sugary lemon shortbread, the pear skins were more evident now all down to the 1st fill bourbon barrel. The finish is quite long and the zingy spiced oak last the longest.
Next up :-
The colour of this one oaked Chardonnay. A sweet, creamy and fruity aroma greeted my nose. On the tongue it feels rich and quite elegant. No wonder this distilleries spirit is a big favourite with blenders. Only a teardrop of water is needed ( if at all ) brings out refreshing citrus fruit marmalade, with only a touch of spice this one ticks all my boxes.
Last up is the oldest:-
This one’s colour is almost the colour of Chablis. I love all things Islay and I am sure this one will not disappoint. The nose has a mild sweet smoky aroma that put a big smile on my face. On the palate was more sweet smoke, some peat smoked scallops, a very oily and coastal feel, dried seaweed, with a wasps wing of water, some white pepper, rock pools and burning heather moors away in the distance, there is an irresistible sweetness that is lovingly caressed by mild peat smoke. This one is a wee gem. Long finish with sweetness being in charge.
Well that is three of the selections received and they certainly did not disappoint , but if you know me the Islay was the out and out winner.
Great selection guys. looking forward to tasting the others and maybe Nicola will be free to give me a wee hand.