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The Speyside 13 Year Old

Distillery: The Speyside
Name:
Region: Speyside
Age: 13
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 10cl
Price: ?
Nose: Barley, well balanced, light
Taste: Creamy, barley, minty
Finish: Warm, spicy, short
Rating: 4/10

This was part of a tasting set that was bought for me and is described as ‘a dram to share’ on the bottle. I have done so, and my friends were, well a little underwhelmed to be honest, much like I was.

It does not have an offensive nose, it’s well balanced with a little sweetness and barley notes coming through but is lacking some interest. The palate is better however with a good creamy body, that barley note continues but with a subtle and brief note of mint. Although the finish is quite short, it does have a bit of warmth and some spice there.

It is not a distasteful dram but it just lacks interest for me unfortunately. I know you don’t want a big, bold, complex whisky all of the time but there are a lot of other whiskies that I would prefer as an ‘everyday’ option personally.