Watt Whisky A Speyside Distillery 2009 13 year old
Posted 06 October 2023 by Matt / In Undisclosed Speyside
Bottle Name: A Speyside Distillery 2009
Distillery: Undisclosed Speyside
Bottler: Watt Whisky
Glass Weight: 489g
Perhaps one of the most prized distilleries for blending in terms of its distillate weight being used to add base notes to a composition – this mystery Speyside release is described as “rich and meaty” by Watt Whisky. That should be as much of a hint as you need to work it out. 248 bottles were disgorged from a single hogshead before being bottled at 56.1% ABV.
Nose: Touches of honey roasted ham and fermenting beer are incorporated alongside lemongrass, polished oak and tobacco. Touches of engine grease sit together roasted pine nuts and vanilla cream filled tart cases. The addition of water offers oatcakes alongside lemon-flavoured travel sweets.
Taste: Chamois leather, shoe polish and a swipe of axle grease on the arrival, before an expression of orange marmalade, sour lemons and baked pastry. Oakiness is supple, but in check and sits alongside a glug of sunflower oil. Dilution pushes orchard fruits and zesty lemon to the fore, but at the expense of some of the overall definition and much of the textural character on offer. Better at 56.1%.
Finish: Medium to long. Still rather fatty and with caramel alongside dusty, lightly spiced oakiness.
Another distillate that I naturally favour. Here the weight of the spirit can be felt from nose through to finish, whilst the cask helps to express some of the lighter top notes of vibrant fruit that sill lurk beneath a pool of greases and fats. Characterful and weighty.
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