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31 May 2011

Speyside Region 1969 (Whisky-Fässle)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Undisclosed

One of the latest releases by Whisky-Fässle is this undisclosed Speyside whisky distilled in 1969. Could this be a sister cask of the “Speyside Region” bottling in the Perfect Dram series by Whisky Agency?

As for the distillery, our first guess would be Glenfarclas, although the combination of distillation year and cask number could also indicate Strathisla. Bourbon cask maturation is very rare for Glenfarclas, but it certainly existed.

 

Speyside 1969 Whisky-FaessleSpeyside Region 41 yo 1969 (55,1%,
Whisky-Fässle 2011, Bourbon hogshead #2671)

Nose: very punchy for an oldie. Starts on polished furniture. Complex development, hard to pin down. A lot of spices anyway (cinnamon, cloves, eucalyptus). Hints of soft vanilla and heather. Very moderate fruits, mainly Seville oranges and orange liqueur. Angelica cake. Subtle wax. Mouth: again very spicy (soft pepper, ginger). The oak is easy to notice but luckily it doesn’t cause a dry mouthfeel. Hints of tea. Again quite orangey with a dash of honey. A hint of smoke in the background? Finish: quite long, spicy with liquorice, oak and a few salty notes

A great old Speysider without excessive oak but with plenty of spices. An interesting opportunity to buy a 1960’s malt for a very reasonable price. Around € 180.

Score: 89/100

Speyside Region 1969 (Whisky-Fässle) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-05-31
  • http://danishwhiskyblog.blogspot.com/ Steffen Bräuner

    I don’t think bourbon casks is unusual for Strathisla, just think of the 12yo OB. A lot of Strathisla IB is sherry casks, but GandM had the habit of filling their own casks with newmake

    Steffen

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    You’re right, I was thinking too much of the G&M bottlings. Even in the 1960′s Strathisla seems to have used quite some bourbon casks. Duncan Taylor has a series of releases. I’ve updated that part. Thanks.

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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