The Spey Cast 12yo (40%, James Gordon & Co, +/-2010)
Who’s’ heard of Spey cast and James Gordon & Co., Elgin? Well, we’ve been told they are owned by Gordon & MacPhail who are also in located Elgin and a quick search of the G&M website reveals that Spey Cast won a Silver Award in the 1982 and 1985 International Spirit Competition. In any case Richard Joynson of Loch Fyne Whiskies notes that it is “One of my favourite blends, very fruity and quite thick for a blend. Ace.” The nose reveals some heaviness in the form of rich fruit, hints of barley dust and some sweetness quickly followed by some wood notes. After a few minutes in the glass some citrus notes emerge. The taste is gentle at first but then the flavour rises up, very honeyed, fruit, some citrus, sparkling malt and some good grains in the back ground but not over whelming. All in balance and very good. Warming, really very nice. Now a moment of definitive orange. Take a really big mouthful, lots of happiness here. The finish is gentle but still with all the previously described flavours and it’s quite long and continues to be very good.
A lot of value for the money
A 12 year old unnamed single malt from Speyside. This was bottled under Gordon and MacPhail's Speycast range
Nose: The nose is like walking into a bakery, lots of flour and yeast. With water a fruitier element emerges.
Palate: Creamy, with fruit salad sweet notes and a little aniseed.
Finish: Grist, single cream and liquorish.
Overall: A well-made whisky with plenty to amuse the nose and palate.