Door No.5 and Boutique-y are having fun with their tea spoon again. This blended malt is composed of 99.9% single malt from a ‘famous Speyside distillery’. So whilst the label indicates a blended malt, and technically it is, for practical purposes the 0.01% tea spoon is not going to have any discernible impact on the original single malt contents of this bottle. It’s 19 years old and is delivered at an ABV of 50.2%.
Nose: Fruits and spices. Pronounced oranges and tangerines are joined by sherbet-dipped apples, vanilla and a healthy application of ginger and cinnamon. Water adds some honey sweetness, and also really emphasises the orange aromas further.
Taste: Juicy with a seriously big initial hit of oranges, satsumas and mandarins. Zingy citrus, coconut, pineapple and grape juice is seasoned with ginger, pepper and a dash of salt. On the back palate there’s light earthiness. A little water adds more coconut to the equation and allows some of the oaky cask to come forward offering sappy wood flavours.
Finish: Medium with slight astringency, oak and earthy ginger spices.
All about the oranges this one. The super juicy palate is packed full of fruit has a wonderful arrival akin to wandering around an orangerie. Well-seasoned by the cask, this feels quite Christmas’y without disappearing down an all too obvious heavily sherried rabbit hole. Bright and fresh, you almost want to shake the bottle to wake the taste.