Two undisclosed Speyside Malts, from the 1990s this time, bottled by Liquid Treasures in Germany and Liquid Art in Belgium.
Speyside Malt 26 yo 1992
(51,6%, Liquid Treasures ‘Snakes’ 2018, bourbon barrel, 270 btl.)
Nose: pure, fresh, honeyed and very fruity. Tangerines, baked apples, ripe apricots. Marinated fruits. Also an attractive waxy side, grains and a touch of vanilla ice cream.
Mouth: same warm fruitiness (fruit bowl with peaches and grapes), now with hints of coconut cream, vanilla and a balancing note of grapefruit zest towards the end. Greenish oak, including mint and a light bitter edge.
Finish: quite long, on fruits, green malty notes and a little toffee.
Abundant fruits here, a nice creamy texture, plenty of malty notes and balanced oak on the palate. Not the most complex whisky, but a good cask. Around € 140 from the eSpirits shop and partner retailers.
Speyside Region 19 yo 1998 (53,4%, Liquid Art for Glashelder 2017, 123 btl.)
Nose: slightly gristier with more citrusy fruits and apples. Grassy notes, some leaven bread, a little chalk. Acacia honey, although this is lighter and less abundant than the 26 years. After a while it develops an interesting old-style note, something in between diesel and soot.
Mouth: a more individual, less easy profile. A bigger, but rather vague underlying sweetness (yellow Haribo and apples) but also the chalky notes again, a hint of exotic fruits and herbal notes. Tangerines, a hoppy touch. Hard to put a finger on, round and austere at the same time. Still this old-style profile.
Finish: long, fruity, with soft minerals.
Less oak here, more complexity and a few mysterious old-style touches. Excellent selection, this is highly entertaining. Around € 125, still available from Liquid Art as far as I know.