Speyside Region 41 Whisky-Fassle 1975/2016 Review

This is a 41 year expression bottled by Whisky-Fassle from an undisclosed distillery aged in a Fino sherry butt and bottled at 47.4% ABV.

Nose: Wow – cinnamon and pink starburst, honey, cardamom, watermelon, buttered toast, vanilla, strawberry smoothie. A big fruit bomb with some really good spice notes balancing it out.

Palate: Golden raisins soaked in vanilla, buttered bread, cinnamon dusted granny smith apples, poached pears, strawberry shortcake – again loads of fruits with some nice spices to balance.

Finish: Brown sugar & cinnamon with poached pears, lavender, and peach sorbet.

Rating: 94/100 – Phenomenal – I didn’t know much about this one going into it, but I was blown away. Reminds me of my favorite elements of Clynelish, Lochside, and old Caperdonich all rolled into one.

Value for the money: When these were released they retailed around €330 from what I could find online, and I would gladly buy at that price. Guessing you’d have to go to auction to find one at this point, but I’d still go a little above retail for this bottling.

The Hampden Roar 30 Year Highland Single Malt Review

This is a 30 year single malt from an undisclosed distillery. It was bottled as a promo for British Telecom’s (BT) sponsorship of the Scottish national stadium. There were only 50 bottles, and they were bottled at 55% ABV.

Nose: Wisps of smoke with apples and pears behind turning quite lemony after a bit. A fair amount of brine is present throughout along with bright, perhaps slightly sherried, oak.

Palate: Quite peppery with plenty of citrus and brine – slightly charred oak with pineapples and pears. Again seems very lightly sherry finished perhaps.

Finish: A lot of pineapple with dry oak and white pepper.

Rating: 88/100 – Quite good overall. My first guess at the distillery was Clynelish, but after a few minutes, I made up my mind on Highland Park once the smoke/brine hit me – it was very reminiscent of the HP 25 to me. The person I purchased this sample from also guessed it was Highland Park.

Value for the money: Since there were only 50 bottles of this, you don’t see it very often, but I do see a couple auction results. I bought into a sample at around a $210 valuation, and I think that’s a pretty fair price given the quality and uniqueness of this bottle.