39.199 Polishing melons (Vaults Collection)

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39.199 Polishing melons (Vaults Collection)

$710.00 inc. GST

9 in stock


A whisky like this is all about texture and time. Drizzled honey, apples, caramel and beeswax. A throwback to another era in the Speyside region. A cautious era of post-crash Scotch whisky production, distillery 39 is prized by blenders, but older examples like this just ooze grace and elegance. Blink and you’ll miss it.

Wonderful textures embraced us from the start as beeswax polish and scented candles surrounded soft melons and a poached pear. Rich runny honey and butterscotch then merged with soft leather and toffee apples before more tropical tones appeared. Then lemon sherbet with hints of peppermint washed over fresh oak and caramel wafers before joining mango and glacé cherries. With water came an abundance of apples, pears and guava with citrus oils forming a whirlpool that sucked us down into the dark sweetness of stewed prunes, dates and chocolate éclairs. Oily and mouth-coating textures remained well into the finish where they were joined by maple syrup and mint chocolate.


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