This is the first bottling in a new Time series from The Whisky Exchange. It’s a Speyside single malt distilled at a family-owned distillery. When we read that, Glenfarclas springs to mind, but perhaps it’s one of these tea-spooned Balvenie expressions?
Family-owned Distillery 15 yo (51,3%, The Whisky Exchange ‘Time series’, 271 btl.)
Nose: a fairly light profile, but with a nice, juicy sherry influence. A lot of yellow fruits, apricot jam, plums, hints of gooseberries. Sweet oranges. Also golden raisins, light honey notes and some floral and buttery touches. More savoury notes develop after a while. Aromatic and interesting.
Mouth: rich and rather oily, again with a focus on sweet fruity notes. Hints of mirabelles, apples and honey. Vanilla and mint, slowly merging with oak flavours and gentle spices. Tends to get a little drier and nuttier, with some citrus green tea and a light leafy edge.
Finish: fairly long, with oak, raisins and something of tobacco leaves.
Fresh, fruity and oily whisky with elements that hint towards both Glenfarclas and Balvenie. Anyway, a high quality dram and a fairly priced release: around € 70.