The “Advent Calendar” today makes us drink Hammerhead 23 yo (vintage 1989), a single malt from the Czech Republic, although technically this must still have been distilled in Czechoslovakia… Keep in mind that we tasted it blind, and its identity was revealed to us only this morning. The risk of getting hurt is just around the corner: let’s see.
What a great concert of fruit, all stretched towards cooked apples and pears, apricot, tarte tatin, dried tropical Christmas fruit, star fruit. We also find a buttery richness and some citrus fruits. On the palate it seems to us low in alcohol content, the body is almost slim. We propose again the fruit, with orange, dried apricot, dried figs. It becomes heavier than the nose and later come dried fruit, honey and toffee.
Pleasant, iridescent and very “Christmassy”, we would say, right off the bat, a quiet Speysider quite complex (we originally wrote: in fact, we know it’s not so) – even if the palate suffers a bit from the likely low ABV (which is actually 40.7%). A meditation malt, sure: but be careful not to sink into the couch after the Christmas binge. 85/100.