Title: Whisky Wednesday: Master of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside
Reviewed by Petedrinks on Nov 28
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0

This week marks the end of an era – it’s the last dram from Master of Malt’s brilliant 3cl sample offerings; I’ve raved about this before, but it really is a fantastic way of getting to try all sorts of whisky (in case anyone was trying to think of what to buy me for Christmas!)

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So, here we have their own bottling of 40 Year Old Speyside. As is traditional with such bottlings, there is no indication here of which distillery the whisky comes from.

It’s a gloriously deep colour in the glass, signalling the time it’s spent maturing in sherry casks.

The nose is rich but gentle – toffee sweet, an almost creamy vanilla and dried berry fruit, along with aged wood. Water hides the sweetness a little, but the wood continues to give a very tempting impression of age.

On the tongue, it’s simply magnificent – a slow burning fire, roasted spice with a sweet oak undercurrent and just a hint of dark fruit through the lingering finish. Water retains the spice but reduces the fire a touch, happily without significantly changing the character of the whisky.

Overall, it’s a great dram; powerful without being overwhelming and wonderfully rich. Well deserving of 3.5 stars!

Master of Malt have run out of this edition; their 40 Year Old Speyside 2nd Edition is available for £229.95 at the time of writing.

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