Speyside Region 1975 40 Years Old (Sansibar)
Over the past few years we’ve been treated to numerous excellent examples of Speyside whiskies from the 1970s, either undisclosed single malts or blended malts, the latter of which is the case with the Speyside Region 1975 40 Years Old from German independent bottler Sansibar.
Like many other similar bottlings, this has also matured in a single Fino sherry cask. As we’ve seen before, the results of this are often quite stunning.
Speyside Region 1975 40 Years Old (50.6%, Sansibar, 435 bts.)
Nose: A bit shy? No, scratch that, here comes the fruit. Quite intensely tropical. All the usual suspects are here. Kumquats, lychee, mango, passion fruit. There’s a touch of resin, honey and candle wax too, even a whiff of mint. Very rich.
Taste: Lovely creamy mouthfeel, with a good amount of resin and a whiff of tannins. There’s some great spicy notes, accompanied by beeswax and honey. The tropical fruits are a little less dominant, but very much present. Touches of cotton candy as well.
Finish: Lingering oak spices and beeswax.
Another one of those great undisclosed Speysiders from the 1970s. Keep ’em coming, because this never gets boring. At all. Superb.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.