On the tasting menu today: fries with mayonnaise! Well, not really and hopefully it doesn’t taste like it either. So what I really have here is a secret Speyside 1990, which is bottled by the Thompson brothers exclusively for the Dutch market. Hence the fries and mayonnaise on the label. However, some may say that this haute cuisine dish has its origin in Belgium…
Anyway, enough about the label. In the end, it’s just about the content, right? And in this case, it’s a single malt from an undisclosed Speyside distillery with the very respectable age of 30, which has matured in an American Oak barrel before being bottled at a strength of 50.4% ABV.
Speyside 1990 tasting notes:
Nose: really fruity arrival with lovely notes of tropical fruit. Pineapple, peaches and melons. Sweet red apples. A lovely waxy note. A hint of wet leaves. Plenty of honey and some anise in the background.
Taste: quite some bananas here, a hint of pineapple and melon as well. Vanilla but also that hint of anise again. This is followed by grapefruit. Then spices, such as cloves and a little bit of cinnamon.
Finish: mid-long with those peaches again, the spices and even a subtle herbal note.
Well, this is fries and mayonnaise at its best! 😉 A fantastic Speysider that ticks all the boxes. Lots of tropical fruit and even a waxy note in the nose, but it has some lovely herbal notes as well. Really good!