Scotch Single Malt

Riverflow (46%, Morrison & Mackay, +/-2017)

Whisky Review: Riverflow

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Undisclosed Speyside Distillery (Auchroisk)
  • Bottling: Morrison & MacKay
  • ABV: 46%
  • Cost: £31.95

riverflow-whisky

What they say

Following on the theme set by Morrison & MacKay’s The Big Strand, this is a single malt from one of Scotland’s most prolific hisky producing regions – Speyside (The Big Strand was an Islay single malt). They’ve left which distillery produced this whisky a mystery for us all to ponder over.

What I say

Another sample thanks to Tom at Tom’s Whisky Reviews, a fellow Morrison & Mackay or Carn Mor fan.

Three different vintages from an undisclosed Speyside Distillery was matured in a mixture of first fill and refill ex-Bourbon casks before being married together to create this expression.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Light straw gold (3/20), slow fine tears, tapered fine legs.
  • Nose: Sweet honey, gristy and cereal barley malt, hints of citrus, lemon and lime zest, plus orchard fruits; apple, pear, peach, vanilla, candied peel, fresh orange peel and milkybar/white chocolate buttons.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, vanilla and marzipan Danish pastries, orange peel and pith, lemon citrus, white pepper and some white/fresh oak wood bite followed by more pasty and biscuit cereal barley notes, a touch of heather honey and golden syrup sweetness, brandy snap and stem ginger biscuits.
  • Finish: Medium, sweet vanilla, mixed biscuits with a sprinkle of white pepper spice.

Overall

A very enjoyable and accomplished mystery Speyside expression with a palate that is slightly thick with honey and syrup, a great single malt at the price!

Score 84/100

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