The final sample of the Blind Tasting Competition. It has been a fun ride with a few highs and many shameful lows. There have been quite a few whiskies for which I scored 0 points. (including this one). Many whiskies were okay, and some were delicious. Apart from the Ben Nevis there were none disgusting.
If the guys who run the competition are reading this: I’m in for next year! One of the most fun things to do during December!
Light and floral with quite some wood influence. The flowery notes with grass and straw are most the dominant. Heather flowers. There’s a hint of white pepper and I get more vanilla blossom than vanilla.
More spicy than I expected with heaps of white pepper. The woodiness makes it a bit sharp and again there’s heather, straw, grass. After a bit it gets very gentle. Very gentle in a puppy kind of way.
The finish is long and rather flavourful. Dried flowers and grass with some lemongrass as well.
I wanted to go for a Linlithgow/St. Magdalene because of the (I thought) obvious Lowlands notes. Unfortunately, that one was not on the list, so out went my guess. I went for a random other Lowlander that I thought was possible. I put in Ladyburn and picked a Rare Ayrshire cask by Signatory. Boy was I wrong.
It turned out to be a 22 year old Speyburn bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in that series that’s only available in the shop in Elgin. So no points for ABV, region or distillery, neither on age. 0 points. Bummer.
Oh, and this is not a bottle I would purchase. Many guys in the competition really liked it but it’s not my cup of tea.