Ah, there they are again with a new release, the boys and girls of BYOB-C (say ‘biopsy’), with the sixth release in their funny, but very taste series ‘Mobsters on Mopeds’. After the Blair Athol 2000, Cambus 1991, Ardmore 1998, Ledaig 2007 and Old Rhosdu 1993, for this spring they turned their attention on a fruity Speysider: Glen Elgin 1998. This one matured on a butt.
A very friendly and fairly sweet nose greets me. Citrus, apricots, peach, young apples, gooseberries and a hint of quince. Very fruity indeed, but like I said: very friendly. With that I mean that it is easily approachable, not very complex, but very inviting. After five minutes in the glass, it turns very candy-like.
Honeysweet arrival on the palate with a feisty bit of pepper. The fruit from the nose returns, upholstered with some quinine, white pepper and some liquorice. Citrus and apricots lead the way and turn this into a lovely spring whisky. Nectarine rears its head. It turns quite candy-like on the palate as well. It is neigh impossible not to like this, right? And dangerously quaffable, despite the nice ABV. Water? No way. There is absolutely no need.
The finish is very nice and shows some character. The spiciness and candy-like notes linger quite long in the mouth.
A veritable candy. As has become tradition I got the last bottle in the series, number 54 of 54, to add to my growing pension fund. Not that I plan on selling any of my bottles, mind you. I plan to start drinking all of them when I retire from active duty.