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Blended Scotch and Malt Independent Bottlers Murray McDavid Scotland

Murray McDavid The Speysiders Batch 2

Review of a blended combining 4 Speyside distilleries by bottler Murray McDavid.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Sauternes Wine
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Aceo Ltd.
Average price: € 49.00
Official website: www.murray-mcdavid.com
Vote: 75/100

You could say that Murray McDavid is the king (or at least the baronet, anyaway) of blends, on which – you must admit- they succeed pretty well.
Here I find myself with a blend of Speyside single malts, from Craigellachie, Miltonduff, Linkwood and Glenlossie, all distilled in 2009 and aged ten years.

The ageing barrel division consists of ex-Bourbon (Linkwood and Glenlossie), ex-Sherry (Craigellachie) and ex-Red Wine (Miltonduff), whose whiskies were joined in two ex-Sherry barrels for aging, producing a total of 1,553 bottles.

Tasting notes

Gold with rosé reflections in the glass.
The contribution of the wine barrels is very clear on the nose, an intense and harsh blow from which it’s difficult to recover. Inevitable the aromatic presence of wild strawberries and raspberries, with herbaceous veins, accompanied by green apple, pineapple, anise, honey, lemon juice. In the background, a slight metal note, of copper. Fresh and sour.
Beautiful oiliness on the palate, with pinches of white pepper on softer fruit (peach, ripe pear, apricot, plum) and tropical (pineapple) that joins the red ones, along with vanilla, cereals, brown sugar, honey. Lemon and ginger. Dry and astringent on length.
Fairly long and dry finish of red fruits, ginger, lemon and metallic note.

To those who say that the speysiders are mild, this blend responds with too marked tones, where the Sherry is unusually quiet while the lion’s share is made by the wine, which eats a large part of the distillate in a rather disordered way.
If you like oenological influences, this bottle is obviously right for you, but personally it didn’t convince me much.

Reviews of Murray McDavid whisky in the blog:
Murray McDavid Air Leth
Murray McDavid Cult of Islay 1989
Murray McDavid Glenburgie 1995
Murray McDavid Rìgh Seumas II
Murray McDavid Young & Old 7yo

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