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Malts of Scotland Images of Dufftown 24 Year Old 1989 'Whiskyshop of Dufftown'

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

27th Jun 2014


Malts of Scotland Images of Dufftown 24 Year Old 1989 'Whiskyshop of Dufftown'
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  • Brand: Malts of Scotland
  • ABV: 53.2%

Is it too obvious to say this might be a Dufftown malt? Maybe, maybe not. But with the image of the famous whiskyshop in Dufftown on the label, it is quite plausible. On the other hand, it might as well be a Glenfiddich, Balvenie or even Kininvie, right? No, wait. Kininvie only went online in July 1990… Anyway, this newest release in the Images series is the third that points towards Dufftown. It was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2014, making it a 24 Year Old. Just like the other Images releases, thiw whisky is bottled at 53,2% ABV.

It offers a round and sweet noze on hazelnuts and almonds with a truckload of butterscotch. Pine cones. Orchard fruit. I am reminded of Sirop de Liège. The malt shines through as well, while the oak keep sits head down. Wonderful nose. Adding water makes it somewhat more green, if you know what I mean.

On the palate, the fruit is rather from the citrus variety. Mandarin and bergamot. The wood speaks a little louder and adds a nice spiciness (ginger, pepper and some cinnamon). Very fruity and sweet. Nice continuation of the nose, I must say. A little liquorice and vanilla join the party. Diluted it becomes sweeter still, but in my opinion not better.

The oak has the final say in the medium long finish.

Very nice Speysider best tasted undiluted. Around 130 EUR.