Origin: Speyside (Scozia)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Average price: € 230.00
Official website: dramfool.com
Another ‘mystery’ bottling from Bruce Farquhar, this time from an undisclosed Speyside distillery, with a significant ageing of no less than 27 years.
A cask strength single cask, which produced 247 bottles, of a whisky that generally presents sherried influences.
Indeed spirits often help in difficult times, but will it be like a cough syrup or will we find something more in it?
Straw yellow in the glass.
The nose is very fragrant, with intense notes of vanilla, caramel and marzipan accompanied by a flood of yellow fruit (peaches, apricots, ripe apples), buttery brioche and an elegant waxy background. In all this explosion of sweetness, a splash of acetone creeps in, a little out of tune with the rest.
The palate is oily and full, with a peppery and warming touch from the alcohol content that doesn’t disappoint, in a less pleasing and cuddly spirit than on the nose: harsher notes of citrus (and lemon), rhubarb and liquorice combine with the more comforting aspect of the whisky, with liquorice and fruity touches (again of yellow fruit) that together with the sweet side are more subdued.
The finish is medium-long and oily, with hazelnut, rhubarb, lemon and herbaceous impressions.
In fact, this whisky is a bit like a medicine: it presents itself sweet and friendly to encourage you to try it, only to reveal its rougher soul when it’s already in your mouth.
A decidedly unusual Macallan (let’s drop any pretense of ignorance!), difficult to identify, with this contrast between nose and palate that is fun but messy, certainly not for everyone.