Not long ago I mentioned that there aren’t many whiskies I go back to, the Springbank 12-year-old CS is one of them for instance. But the Blue Spot 7-year-old had me so pleasantly surprised last year that I also wanted to taste this 2021 batch.
I think the Spot range contains a few fine whiskeys anyway, but this Blue Spot stood out for me. It may only be 7 years old, but besides being the only cask strength version in the series, it is a whiskey that is full of flavour and has a nice balance. At least with the first edition…. Whether that is also the case with this Blue Spot from 2021, well, let’s find out now. 😉
This Blue Spot has matured in bourbon, sherry and Madeira casks and is bottled at 58.9% ABV.
Blue Spot 7 year old tasting notes:
Nose: quite some blueberries at first. Very fruity, although still a little closed. But then pineapple, bananas and kiwi. A hint of oranges too. A big drop of honey. Milk chocolate and caramel fudge, which is followed by almonds.
Taste: a hint of oranges. Red apples, pineapple and kiwi. Some lovely chocolate. Honey. Caramel fudge and again almonds. A touch of oak. Finally some spices such as black pepper, cloves and cinnamon.
Finish: short to mid-long and slightly drying. A bit of oak and also the same spices again. A hint of caramel fudge and the fruits in the very back.
Again very good with of course a lot of similarities with the previous edition. A rich whiskey brimming with flavours. In my opinion, this one is a bit more fruity than the previous one, which I found just a tad better. But that’s nitpicking.