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Burnside 18 Years Old (58.2%, The Spirit Still, Bourbon Barrel, 37 Bottles, 2018)

Whisky Review: The Spirit Still Burnside 18 Years Old

  • Category: Teaspooned malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: The Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries
  • Bottling: The Spirit Still
  • ABV: 58.2%
  • Cost: £90

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What they say

BURNSIDE is made from the union of two great Speyside malt distilleries, both granted the same foundations from a single whisky family. The younger of the two overwhelmingly holds the balance of power, whilst the staggering older sibling stirs the cask with a silver spoon in their mouth.

Official tasting notes:

Peaches and cream. Tropical fruits. Candied orange peel, dried pineapple and papaya. Sprinkle of spices. Pear skins, crème caramel, sauna wood and chardonnay. Has an old world charm.

What I say

Burnside teaspooned malt usually consists of spirit distilled at The Balvenie distillery with a splash of Glenfiddich thrown in to prevent this being named/bottled under either distillery label.

Matured for 18 years in a single ex-Bourbon barrel and bottled at cask strength 58.2% ABV

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Champagne gold (4/20), numerous medium-fine droplets, slowly leave fine legs
  • Nose: More malty on the nose, butter and honey on toasted white bread, fresh peach skin and pear juice add to a fruitier apple and banana mixture, vanilla but also a citric sharpness, nutty hazelnuts, almonds and almond milk
  • Taste: Sweet then zesty, vanilla, ground almond, ripe pear flesh, apple, zingy pineapple and grapefruit, sweet heather honey, apple pie, and an odd sort of almond milk custard, barley sugars and lemon puff biscuit malt. There is little woodiness here – which is not a bad thing, in fact some folk love that! A further splash of water produced more cream or milk but still that slightly bitter and fruity tinge to it with a hint of white pepper and pencil shavings.
  • Finish: Long, sweet, creamy, zesty

Overall

An odd mixture of sweet, fruity, zesty and creamy which rolls around the palate but doesn’t seem to settle into a pattern or predominant flavour. To try settle this one down or tidy it up we added a splash of water which thins it out and revealed more creamy vanilla but also suggested refill cask to me. I think I favour this one reduced where it became very easily drinkable but still echoed all of the flavours it had at cask strength.

Score 86/100

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