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Speyside Drumguish Single Malt


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Aug 2017


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Drumwhat? Never heard of it? No worries, it is not surprising. This is a young malt from the Speyside distillery, named after a small village nearby. It does not have a grand reputation. The first spirit only ran from father and son Christie’s stills in 1990 and in 1993 this single malt could already be found on the shelves. It has the same allure as the Glentromie and Cu Dhub. Luckily most of these bottles go to Korea and the US. But since it’s a dirty job and so on, let us give it a go.

I get some vanilla custard, semoule, breakfast grains and nuts on the nose. Hint of peach and banana. Actually, this is not half bad. Not earthshattering, but nothing wrong with it either.

On the palate, it is honey sweet. Bar some pepper, I get only crystal sugar, vanilla and caramel. Pears? Some banana again. Not a big body, though.

The finish is short and sweet.

Expectations were low, but they were met. Sure, this is not a grand malt – far from it – but in the end, this only costs around 25 EUR, which means value for money. Their new products, simply dubbed The Spey, are much, much better. Thanks, Pat.

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