Speyside Malt 1990 (Thompson Brothers)

Speyside Malt 1990 (Thompson Brothers)

We’re diving into the recent bottlings from the Thompson Brothers again, with this Speyside single malt distilled in 1990.

Some of these undisclosed Speyside 1990 expressions were rumoured to be Glen Grant, but I haven’t really heard anything about this one. On the other hand I know Speyburn has a big fanbase in Dornoch.


Speyside Single Malt 30 yo 1990 (50,4%, Thompson Bros 2021, refill barrel, 278 btl.)

Nose: a really nice, rounded mix of sweet peaches, mirabelles and honey. Some custardy vanilla and syrupy notes, as well as a hint of almonds. Also pine needles and mint which seem to make it lighter and add some elegant. Great beeswax. A hint of sunflower oil too.

Mouth: a great mix of creamy fruits, like peaches, maybe some banana and papaya, then mead and more beeswax again. A nicely fatty style, showing some light resinous touches. Sweet oak with minty notes towards the end. Subtle chamomile and herbal tea as well.

Finish: not too long, with this waxy sweet note again, balanced with subtle herbs.

I adore this waxy Speyside style. Well aged, with plenty of stewed fruits and a venerable hint of oak. Simply lovely. Sold out, I believe.