Origin: Spesyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Speyside Distillery
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: speysidedistillery.co.uk
The name is derived from Latin (and it refers to smoke), in homage to Lord Byron and his love of this ancient language (and the fact that he is said to have given Spey to King George III on the occasion of his marriage). Of course, the motivations behind unpronounceable names are becoming more and more intricate…
This is a limited edition of 1,500 bottles, cask strength, from 2016 with no age statement and released alongside Trutina, expressing the first peated version of their whisky, later joined by other bottlings.
The second batch was bottled at an alcohol content of 60.4%ABV, and both are still available on the market.
Straw yellow, very clear, in the glass.
The peat is immediately evident on the nose, acrid and spicy, with incursions of orange juice and very appetising marine notes, accompanied by apricots, walnuts, salted caramel and vanilla. There is a patina of wet earth that slips into the background, with almost balsamic impressions. Leather. Intriguing, it invites you to taste.
Peat and salt dominate the palate, with just the right peppery thrust to sustain them, without however compromising the balance of the aromas in which there is both the sweeter soul of caramel, roasted cane sugar, orange, apricots and a touch of baked apple, and the more mottled one of liquorice, dark chocolate, cloves and tobacco. That balsamic and herbaceous touch remains in the background, completing a complex and multifaceted profile, not at all obvious, that pushes you to taste it continuously also thanks to a truly perfect alcohol content.
The finish is long and spicy, of salt, impressions of the sea, toasted wood, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate.
For their first peated whisky, I take my hat off to them: well-balanced, with personality, without smearing and with an enviable richness. Where others would have pressed the smoke pedal, here they know how to maintain the flavours in a whole that works and convinces.