Explaining in the book about types of oak, different cask flavours, cask specifications, development of flavour, cask impact, distillery character, unwanted characteristics and cask management. Information about this all you can also find on the website.
First sample to crack open is one from their Connoisseurs Choice line from the Speyburn distillery. In the package was also shared some information on the distillery.
Speyburn is a distillery located in Rothes in Speyside, owned by Inver house distillers. Speyburn was designed by the famous Elgin architect Charles Doig and built in 1897. As this was Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, the owners wanted to be in production before the year was over, so they could sell a commemorative edition in future years.
In late December of that year they succeeded, but production began before the still house had doors and windows. Speyburn Distillery was the first malt distillery to use a drum-malting system, instead of a traditional floor maltings. The drum maltings operated until 1968, when United Distillers centralised malted barley production. In 1992 Inver House Distillers purchased the distillery.This Speyburn is bottled at 46% after being matured in Refill Sherry Hogsheads. The nose has next to syrupy sweetness also a fresh layer to it. Tropical fruits, honey, mint, overripe red apples, raisin, vanilla and a hint of balsamic vinegar in the back. Getting hints of banana shake, star anise, almonds and some Turkish delights.
The palate is much like the nose all ready revealed, but gives you in total a warm, spicy and fruit mixture. Some soft creamy chocolate notes, black pepper and dried fruits are added to the list. A sweet medium length finish. Very pleasant dram this is and scoring it an 7,5 out of 10.