Never have I experienced something like a ‘port bomb’, until this release by Spey. We aren’t the biggest fans of port matured whiskies, but this one made us realize once more: you can’t apply one single measure to everything.
We were introduced to Spey with the regular Tenné expression. A cheap bottle, so no big deal. Quite young and new make-ish, but done right and enjoyable. Enough so that I was intrigued by this limited cask strength release. And just look at that colour.
Dry port, sweet and fruity, warm and spicy, old wood and it has something savoury, like soup.
Full and mouth coating, with layers of dried red fruits, leather and sweet raisins.
Dry port, oak, sweet spices, raisins, raspberries, white chocolate, cake, dry and sweet with a savoury touch.
This is port cask finished whisky on steroids. The alcohol is well integrated, but makes the whisky quite dry, just add a dash of water if you like it a little bit juicier. I’d like to invite you to try this, if you haven’t tasted any good port matured whiskies. It may change your mind a bit.