Macleod’s 8 YO Speyside

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a bright fruitiness with citrus fruits and raspberries sitting on top of a darker fruitiness with plums and prunes. There is a malty funkiness in the background and there is a small note of hay somewhere in the center. It gets sweeter with time in the glass and that reveals honey, vanilla and just a hint of sweet liquorice. This is a very pleasant nose.

Mouth: It starts out a bit flat, with just a sweetness and a white bread note. The honey arrives pretty early as well as a bitter note. There is way less fruitiness compared to the nose. A small hint of lemons and maybe a thin layer of tropical fruits do come through, but it goes rather fast towards the oakiness. The liquorice comes through if it’s kept in the mouth for a good amount of time.

Finish: It starts out with vanilla and honey and with the darker, sweeter fruit notes. It then, via a malty note, trancends into an undefinable tropical fruitiness connected to the upcoming oak flavours. It’s a very nice oakiness that feels fresh and fruity. The dark fruitiness creates a backdrop for the final part, in which a nice oaky flavour stays in the back of the palate. This is a good whisky, but it feels a little thin at times, especially at first impact on the palate.

Additional information
This is a single malt from an undisclosed Speyside distillery. It’s released by the independent bottler Ian Macleod Distillers.

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