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Diageo Dynamo #3

Back to the ridiculousness that is Diageo's Limited Edition series:

Glen Spey 21 Year Old 2010 Limited EditionSingle Malt Whisky 750ml - $179.99

The Glen Spey was BY FAR the most off the cuff and unusual malt of the tasting.  While the bottle states that it was aged in "new American Oak casks that had also held sherry" (, this group of tasters had one observation that was unanimous across the board.  "It tastes like Rye Whiskey!"  Having convinced ourselves that this had indeed been aged in oak that previously held American Rye whiskey, despite no indication of this being the case, the Glen Spey qualifies as one of the most surprising and daunting Single Malt tastings in recent memory.  The nose is all baking spices (distinct rye flavors here), redwood bark, with a slight hint of ripe pomaceous fruit.  Toffee sweetness and that rye spice continue on the palate.  I wrote salt water taffy, but the saltiness is illusive.  The malt and the sherry push through on the palate, which continues to be dominated by cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and a little dustiness.  All in all an incredible experience, although it did feel like a series of double takes.  If you can afford it, this is a malt you'll never forget or regret. Distilled in 1988, Only 5844 Bottled at 50.4% unchillfiltered. 

-David Girard


Reader Comments (2)

The box says "aging in first fill american oak." Does the bottle state differently? Is this non-chill filtered?

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharlie

So sorry, Charlie. I got my notes mixed up on this one. It was a very long night of tasting. Diageo states that this comes from 100% New American Oak that had also held sherry. A bit vague, but this shouldn't disqualify it from having held American Whiskey. If it hadn't seen American Whiskey, it would also make sense that we'd be getting more of the American whiskey flavors simple because the oak hadn't been aged for a long period of time with whiskey and maybe only a short time in sherry, leaving a nearly virgin American oak to influence this Glen Spey over 21 long years. I suppose the Rye flavors that we all noticed could have come from the barrels alone. I may be off on that assumption, as it would make all these crazy flavors all the more unusual! Re-tasted this whisky Friday and had a similar experience. It is bottled at 50.4% non-chill filtered.

February 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterDavid Othenin-Girard

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