BTC sample 6: Glen Spey, 1995-2015, 20yo, 52.7%, Cadenhead’s

Apart from the one I didn’t enter in time, this is the first zero pointer I got this year. While that boils down to the second one in six days, that’s actually quite an okay score compared to previous years. It’s actually pretty incredible how bad I am at things like this.

Also, a 20 year old Glen Spey from Cadenhead’s. How random can it be?

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Soft sherry with some sweet, dried fruits. Peach, apricot, that kind. Apart from that it’s very timid, but well balanced.

Like many of the drams so far it’s a bit sharper than the nose indicated. However, that doesn’t necessarily reflect in a high ABV, I’ve found out. The palate is sweet, and slightly drying. Some dried fruit, with peaches, apricots and some dates. Well balanced and quite nice.

The finish is not overly interesting. Quite simple with some fruit and typical sherry notes. Sweet, some spices and dried fruits.

Quite a nice dram and one that would be an easy bottle to drink, I also think it’s one that you won’t remember all that long. All the flavours are there, it has something to offer at the second time around, but still. It didn’t draw my attention.

Oh, I guessed it was a Glengoyne, based on the smoothness and the way it offers the fruit flavors compared to gentle, but quite present oaky notes.


Glen Spey, 1995-2015, 20yo, Sherrywood, 52.7%, Cadenhead’s.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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