Dram Review: Club Qing Speyside Region Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 40 Years

[52.8%・40 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・Club Qing Bottling・Single Cask Release of 96 Bottles]

Nose:

The nose is oozing of naturally sweet white fruits gently supported by the tender and creamy notes from a majestic Fino cask.  Sandalwood perfumes and ground pepper in the background sweetened by a subtle blend of pineapples and ginger flowers.  Hint of smoke on the backend to even out the sweetness.  It’s stylistically pleasing in a simple and pleasurable manner, stately yet retains the exchuberant youthful fruitiness even after all these years.

Palate & Finish:

A matured fruitiness politely brings along a gentle maltiness.   Hazelnut cream with aged lemon marmalade towards the mid-palate.  The blossoming of jammy white fruits is really attractive, it transcends and extends.  Hint of burnt butter supplementing the general maltiness as the oak ever so lightly taps on.

The finishing is on the soft, drying side, vaguely floral with wee brush of tobacco and dreamily drags on.

Thoughts:

I don’t necessarily do nightcaps, I have always preferred a cheeky afternoon dram on a lazy day, and this to me is a most perfect dram to savour on a cool Saturday afternoon sitting outside at your local cafe or when you are typing away on your kitchen bench top as rays of light comes through from the blinds.

It’s very lovely in a Bohemian sort of way.

☆☆

-Nicholas