Spey Fumare Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1. What they say
Multi Award Winner – The first ever peated distillery bottling from Speyside Distillers. Produced from peated barley, which the distillery only used for a small amount of time each year. 100% matured in bourbon barrels, & bottled a 46%, non chill-filtered and with no added colouring. A limited release of 18,000 individually numbered bottles.
2. Official tasting notes
- “A golden hue, like vintage champagne. A distinctly medicinal aroma – carbolic, coal tar soap – on a light & fresh maritime base of salt air, iodine & seaweed.
- Light texture, sweet & lightly salty, with a smoky, medicinal finish. A finish of bonfire smoke and sweet basil.
- This would be taken for an Islay malt, although it is lighter in body and better mannered than any of them, More-ish, light, elegant & smoky.”
- ABV 46%
- Age NAS
- Bottler OB
- Bottling Fumare
- Cask Bourbon
- Category Single malt scotch whisky
- Cost £55
- Origin The Speyside Distillery
- Region Speyside
- Released 2016
4. What I say
Another expression I haven’t previously tried from Speyside Distillery. I’ve had the cask strength version which I remember enjoying very much. I was interested to see if this still had as much impact at 46%. Sampled during the #SpeysideDistillery tweet tasting hosted by Steve @TheWhiskyWire
5. The Whiskyphiles tasting notes
- Colour White wine gold (5/20), medium-fine tears and strong legs.
- Nose Smokey and sweet (like a good caol ila) vanilla, coal-tar soap, vanilla-bean custard, shortbread, charcoal briquettes, phenol and ash, later some medicated cherry and strawberry, waxy sugars.
- Taste Light-bodied, Grassy and cereal, dry hay with some soft wisps of smoke, malty sweetness, honey, eucalyptus and wintergreen and a sprinkling of birch-smoked sea salt.
- Finish Long, coastal sea spray, mentholic herbs and smoke backed by malty sugars and vanillic oak wood.
Fumare is delicious and shows some of the more delicate aspects of peat-influence. This will change over time in the glass so worth taking some time over this one.