One of two Speysiders in The Singleton family.
Attractive, rich harvest gold with light beading.
Cautious at first, then profound; the light, sharp top notes are of ripe melon and mango mixing with shortbread-like cereal sweetness.
Medium to dense.
A smooth, hot mouth-feel with the sweet-sharp taste of ripe red apples, rapidly becoming denser: toffee notes darken to burnt caramel and the whole grows pleasingly charred.
Medium to long, drying and warming, with a compelling residual light sweetness, fresh fruitiness and a trace of candle wax or sandalwood incense before late, soaring, pine resin and that irresistible, drying conclusion.
Age: 38 years old
Strength: 59.8% ABV
Place of Origin: Dufftown
Cautious at first, then profound; the light, sharp top notes are of ripe melon and mango with a squeeze of orange juice. All very mellow, with a scented background suggesting perfumed hand cream and a shortbread-like cereal sweetness. Yeasty, waxy notes introduce pronounced ripe red apple skins and mint. It opens up beautifully with aromas of clean vanilla, a fruiterer’s shop in summer, creamy toffee, oaty milk-chocolate biscuits, clotted cream. Later, a cranberry sharpness develops. More diffuse with water, which releases the rich scent of distant frankincense to set against subdued pine-resin.
Lightly oily and intense at cask strength, when there’s a smooth, hot mouth-feel with the sweet-sharp taste of ripe red apples or gooseberries and the lingering sweetness of coconut. Rapidly, it all becomes denser and more coating. A creamy-sweet toffee note darkens to burnt caramel and the whole grows pleasingly charred and hints at a sappy, bitter edge. With water the taste is still lively and spicy, though as the flavours fuse that herbal edge softens to leave a warming, sweetly insistent malt.