This undisclosed Speyside single malt was bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company after 25 years of maturation.
Speyside Single Malt No.2 25 yo (51,6%, That Boutique-y Whisky Co 2020, Batch #1, 2415 btl.)
Nose: starts fresh and fruity, with lemon candy and lime jelly, pears and crystallized fruits. A touch of bubblegum or marshmallow. Then biscuits and light butterscotch. Earl Grey tea and mint, joined by some fresh oak shavings and candied ginger.
Mouth: now it starts on nutty notes (almonds, hazelnuts) alongside buttery vanilla cake. Along the way it becomes more citrusy again, with bright lemons and a hint of pink grapefruit, as well as a tinned fruit cocktail. Floral honey. Subtle oriental spice and cedar. Echoes of a resinous, slightly cognac-like woody note as well.
Finish: rather long, on oranges, pink pepper and mint.
This is a very fine, vibrant composition. There’s always a fruit basket at its centre, but flashes of exotic candy, aromatic wood spice and old cognac give it something unique. Worth checking out, available from Master of Malt.
I found a sample of this in the TBWC Advent Calendar, one of many that are composed each year by mother company Atom Drinks. I think they make a great gift for any whisky lover (or rum, or gin…). Although most of them are now sold out, they should be on your radar, as they are a great way of discovering new drams with an option to buy the ones you like.