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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 12 March 2015

IMAGES OF DUFFTOWN (CLOCKTOWER) - MALTS OF SCOTLAND

German bottler 'Malts of Scotland' has made quite a name for themselves in the past few years. They've managed to bottle quite a few delicious casks, both young and old... They've also released some undisclosed malts, some of them bearing names and images from Speyside and the one I'm about to review is one such...

There are 3 bottling in the 'Images of Dufftown' series and rumours say they're all produced by William Grant Ltd. There's the Dufftown Whiskyshop-release, a Balvenie Castle-release and finally a Dufftown Clocktower-release.

Rumours say that the Clocktower-release, which I'm about to review is a Glenfiddich, but we'll never know for sure - but for let's say it is as there's not many indie Glenfiddichs around. Speculations around the other expression goes towards, The Balvenie and finally Kininvie if what they say is true that the casks are all from William Grant Ltd.

Anyway, on to the review...

Entrance to Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, October 18th 2014 © The Malt Desk

Images of Dufftown (Clocktower) 1988/2013 24yo 53,2%, 254 bottles, Malt of Scotland

Colour is straw

Nose:
Faint, toasted oak, vanilla, freshly baked shortbread, sweet fresh pineapple, ginger and brans

Taste:
More fruit, apple and pear mostly, lots of malt, honey, icing sugar and vanilla and ginger again. The finish turns more towards a citrus theme making the finish a long and drying one.

This may not be the most complex Speysider you'll come across, but what its does it does extremely well - I'll take a bottle of this any day! especially to show this off as an example to people who tends to write off Glenfiddich as that mass produced stuff with no soul... and its also at cask strength and almost 25 years of age...

Finally, thanks to MBO for the sample!

87/100!

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