A flurry of undisclosed old Speysiders from the 1970’s have hit the market in the past two years or so, many of ’em from independent bottlers from Germany. An example is this Speyside Region 1977 38 Years Old from Whisky-Fässle.
There’s really not much else I know about this whisky, other than that is has matured in a sherry butt. So the best thing to do would be to just taste it. Are you ready?
Speyside Region 1977 38 Years Old (46,2%, Whisky-Fässle)
Nose: Almonds and macademia nuts with English breakfast tea. Some oak shavings. Prunes and red grape juice with pralines and chocolate milk. Taste: Roasted coffee beans and cloves, with a quick hit of pepper. Pretty dry and quite some tannins. Milk chocolate, cocoa and basil. A bit of dried fruit, but not much. Finish: Drying with cocoa powder and spices.
A cracker of a sherry whisky, with just a bit too much dryness to crack the 90 point barrier, but still really, really good.