SPEY Tenné, NAS, 46 %
This whisky has initially been matured in bourbon casks, then it has been given a 6 month finishing period in Tawny Port casks.
Nose (22/25): A sweet bouquet of red berries! Hmm ... is that possible? Quite a balancing act, I imagine, unless the berries are still on the branch... Rich and juicy. This is a juicy whisky. That's a bit unusual, but I do believe I like it. A cool stone cellar on a blistering hot summer day. Fresh and oh so fruity. Grapes. Acacia honey. Yum!
Taste (21/25): Silky smooth, and somewhat spicy. No, make that rather spicy. Pepper, nutmeg, ginger and licorice (not the sweet kind).
Finish (21/25): The fruits are more prominent on the finish, and the spices take a back seat. It has a warm and long-ish finish.
Balance (21/25): A well-made and balanced young whisky with a clear wine influence on both nose and palate. Well done!
Image from Master of Malt.
Sláinte! - Thomas