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Overall rating
77.83/100
votes
14
Whiskybase ID
28922
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Speyside Distillery & Bonding Co. Ltd. (SD&B)
Bottling serie
Pure Malt
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
03 Jan 2012 8:43 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 165.00

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Whisky Reviews for Speyside 12-year-old SD&B

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.83 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2018]  I am brave today and re-taste this rather strange dram.  The nose is not as impressive anymore as it was immediately after opening the bottle and I would score it okay-ish today (86 points, not more).  Most probably it fell victim to oxidation effects in an almost empty bottle.  The initial moutfeel (not taste!) still is pretty good as all of the mouth gets immediately coated with a warming and charming feeling without any distracting moments (I go for 89 points this time).  The taste complex but lavender-scented and not a pleasure to drink at all - 75 points again (but not as disgusting as many extremely soapy drams).  The finish is long and a little better than the taste but still way too much perfumed (77 points).  All in all I score a total 80 points today (for the nose and mouthfeel), I recommend not to swallow this stuff!  

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017]  This for sure is not from the Speyside distillery in Kingussie as this started its production in 1990 first.  It was build as a farm distillery by George Christie from 1962 to 1987.  And this bottle was sold in Italy with a size of 75cl (from 1991 on all high spirits bottles in the EU were standardised to a volume of 70cl only) - so it was bottled during the eighties or even seventies...

    It is a typical vatted malt (or blended malt nowadays) of unknown distilleries from the Speyside region.  Its colour is amontillad and the texture shows a few slow legs and very late fat tears that stick to the top of the glass.  This oiliness promises good stuff...  The nose is all about these great old bottle flavours (lacquer paint, aceton and the like) and offers a very fruity and honey-sweet profile with lots of different aromas to discover.  I really adore such old-stylish noses (but if you are used to modern designed whiskies this might be strange and unimpressive as it lacks the "oompf" and built-in spikes of today's streamlined stuff).  When it arrives in the mouth it immediately coats all of it for a very long time (just like the texture with its fat oiliness promised) - tell me one modern NAS whisky that does the same!  The taste is quite perfumed (so I guess it was distilled in the late sixties or early seventies when a lot of distilleries produced perfumed whisky profiles - was it due to the yeasts they used?).  But all is integrated in a rich honey-barley-wooden structure that is well balanced (only the lavender-spike disturbs the harmony).  The finish is very long and adorable sweet with some nice chocolatey flavours, the lavender now is not that dominant anymore.  And the whisky sticks the same way to your throat as did the first sip to the whole of the mouth.   Some water reduces the lavender-spike both in the taste and the finish, I like it that way better.  Nevertheless the best way to enjoy it is to use the spittoon after nosing and mouthfeel (unless you like perfumed whiskies)...This is an absolutely Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde dram, if there were not this odd lavender-spike in the taste and finish this would be a clear 90 points score (to me).  But I can fully understand when others rate this overall low as it is so different and strange to the nose and palate of people that know modern style whiskies only (simply leave all the old stuff for me at least for nosing it and I will leave the NAS editions for you - no, just joking)...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    A weeks oxidation later there is the FWP now, no, it is actually worse, at the second tasting. Only very slightly on the nose but the so very bad in the mouth that I don't want to swallow and have to spit it out and clean my mouth. Down from 85 to ... 72 with goodwill.__________________________Old school style. Heather honey, chocolate and wood are the main features. Could not find the perfumy style (which I hate as well), think FWP of 1980s Bowmores.Overall a bit refrained.
    No water added.

    First taste of a 100ml sample.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      50 50

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    Thanks for the sample hs305!
    • Nose
      80 80
      honey, flowers, caramel, quite nicely layered, anice, and a whiff of soap and lavender, not bad actually.
    • Taste
      75 75
      moar soap on the taste, lavender for sure, bit astringent, but still not too bad.
    • Finish
      60 60
      medium long, but get's a bit nasty over time. soapy, bit sparkling on the tongue with white pepper

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 58 points Connoisseur

    This is really soapy, and no matter how hard I try I cannot get past my initial thought.
    There is some fruit in the mix but the air has got to this one and the soap increases.
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      55 55

  7. helmutgw scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: makes the soap problem worse plastic - plastic.
    Interesting nose, but no enjoyment when drinking. 29.04.2018 68
    • Nose
      fat, buttery, grassy, ​​freshly mown grass, honey-like sweetness
    • Taste
      Little to nothing from the nose, but a fine yet unpleasant soap note.
    • Finish
      Long and soapy, a bit musty.

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