After a lovely tour around the Speyside Distillery at the Spirit of Speyside Festival a dram was poured of the Spey Tenne whisky bottled at 46%. This has been maturing first in bourbon casks but received a finish of a couple of months in Tawny Port casks, in total this whisky is eight years old.
Sweet and fruity nose with pine freshness, citrus fruits, candied oranges, milk chocolate, dried fruits and cereal. Dried banana, shortbread, vanilla pudding, raisins, strawberries, redcurrant, raspberries and fudge. Lovely warm honeyed fruity notes of red and summer fruits together with citrus freshness mixed with mint and chocolate on the palate. A decent length finish with a creamy mouth feel of crème brulee and light chocolate mouse. A dessert kind of dram.
The Tawny Port has left enough influence but is not overpowering on the nose and palate. It leaves the spirit to come through enough. You can feel it is young, but it does not matter really much I think, because the combination of maturation made gives it enough body, balance and depth to it. A lovely mix and very enjoyable even it being a bit sweet on the finish, but that you can expect with this type of cask influence. Scoring it an 8 out of 10.