Provenance: Speyside (Scotland)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Added coloring: No
Owner: Peg Whisky
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: www.peg-whisky.com
Last but not least, here is the third and final bottling presented by the new player in the world of scotch, a premium bottle from their debut collection at a still popular price.
Unspecified Speyside distillery, aged seven years in single hogshead ex-Bourbon cask, 313 bottles cask strength…. and what a strength!
Will it be a challenging dram?
Light gold in the glass.
The alcohol stands out immediately on the nose, that is, the fact that you don’t perceive it, a monstrous alcohol content that hides behind a fresh, herbaceous profile with floral hints of green apple, pineapple, unripe banana, vanilla sugar, honey, lemon and marzipan. Warm malt notes in the background that tend to grow over time. Welcoming.
Full and silky, it envelops the palate with a generous brush of warmth: yes, you can feel the alcohol here, but it’s not the fire you might imagine. Nonetheless, it doesn’t allow much room for the aromas to seep through, leaving a trail of vanilla, peach, apricot and pine nuts. Despite my usual habits, I add a few drops of water and the whisky opens up to new dimensions of cinnamon, orange, marzipan, malt biscuits. Wood in the background.
Quite long and dry finish of peach, cinnamon, wood, vanilla, almonds.
The alcohol content is very strong, perhaps it would have helped to lower it a few degrees because it tends to eat up all the aromas of a pleasant and straightforward whisky, the classic expression of a speysider without much personality.