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05 Jun 2010

Speyside’s Finest 1966 (The Whisky Show)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenfarclas

Douglas Laing manages a large series of Glenfarclas casks, but since Glenfarclas doesn’t allow independent bottlers to use that name, Douglas Laing bottles them as Speyside’s Finest.

They’re all very old (most of them were distilled in the 1960’s) and matured in sherry casks. This one was bottled for The Whisky Show in London in November 2009.

Speyside's Finest 43yo 1966 TWE Speyside’s Finest 43 yo 1966 (48,2%, Douglas Laing OMC 2009, cask #5525, 197 btl.)

Nose: full blown sherry, with lovely notes of tobacco and cocoa. Chocolate. Quite dry with a nice savoury / herbal touch (parsley and mint). Balsamic syrup. Excellent. Water adds some raspberry liqueur. Mouth: the usual raisins, chocolate and orange liqueur. Drying towards the finish (hints of dark tea), with some liquorice. Mint again. Finish: very long, spicy and really dry.

It’s safe to say these Speyside’s Finest bottlings are all very good, and some are quite excellent. Around € 145 and still available from TWE.

Score: 91/100

Speyside’s Finest 1966 (The Whisky Show) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-06-05

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