At the end of each year, it becomes time for me to renew my membership to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Here, I always pay a little extra to get a mystery bottle along with the prolonged club affiliation. I find it really exciting to wait for the package, open it and take out a surprise whisky from The SMWS’s rich single cask stock. This is especially fun because the chance is very high that I will get a bottle that I would otherwise have overlooked or even deliberately skipped. Like this one. I must confess that neither the name nor the description nor the stats would have grabbed my attention under different circumstances. Yet, when I degusted a dram from the mystery bottle I got this year– a Glen Spey 8yo called “Dazzling and scinitillating” – I was pleasantly surprise. This flavorsome Speyside malt has a lot to offer; and it appears quite a bit older than it actually is. Nice!
Eye: Bright sunlight.
Nose: Welcome to the bakery! The sweet nose opens with apple pouches and vanilla crescents. It also has a lot of blossoming clover and a good amount of green and yellow garden fruits. Despite its sweetness and fruitiness, the bouquet feels surprisingly dry and dusty in the nostrils. But occasionally, the fruits produce a juicy splash, too.
Palate: The sweetness remains – and so does the fruitiness. I get fluffy lemon sorbet, sweet peach, sumptious honey cake and thick cookie dough. There is also a touch of caramel, some clotted cream and even a bit of bubblegum. Complexion-wise, the whisky feels pretty heavy and almost chewy in the mouth. In a blind tasting, I would not have taken it for an 8-year-old. I would have guessed this yummy Glen Spey’s age to be double-digit, without a doubt.
Finish: During the half-long and creamy finish, this whisky places a rather unusual association in my mind: “Ed von Schleck” ice cream! For those who don’t know it: It is a cult brand from the 80s that consists of vanilla ice (not the rapper) streaked with orange jelly. This sensation goes along with various floral and honeyed notes – as if someone had dropped their “Ed von Schleck” in a blooming summer meadow.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Glen Spey
Region: Scotland (Speyside)
Age: 8 years
Alc. volume: 59 per cent
Cask type: 1st fill ex-bourbon hogshead
# of bottles: 252
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~50.00 Euro
More info: https://www.smws.com/ (Bottler)
*** I bought the bottle myself as a regular customer. ***