Wemyss – Foraged Fruit Fool – Blair Athol 1991
22/23 year old
No added colouring
£112.00 from Master of Malt
Very fruity and jammy. A touch of fresh pineapple on first whiff. Turns more berry rich in the fruits with blackberry, cranberry and strawberries all there in abundance. There is also touches of orange. All juices, ripe and scrummy. There is a creamy background, some vanilla and a touch of oak spice. With time in the glass we get a little more age, dusty oak and dried fruits, pineapple again, this time dry and more like pineapple cubes.
The arrival is quite steady, gentle and sweet, but there is a very long development of Waxy fruit juices (apple, orange, mixed berries) and subtle spices. The mouthfeel is thick and coating. Wave after wave of fruit bursts forward along with a touch of pepper or sweet ginger. There is some fruit cream sweets also amongst the experience, along with some citrus oak.
More subtlety, but long with it. Lots of those fruit juices and waxiness remains and some lightly drying oak presence. There a gentle tingle of effervescence and a lovely warm feeling on the chest.
Just the tiniest drop added. More age is prominent on the nose now, more dusty oak, bookshelves, leather now coexists with the fruit and almost takes your breath away. The is an extra edge of spice also. The palate remains very fruity and sumptuous, although the mouthfeel is weakened a tad. The finish long, dustier, older, a little spicier, always delicious.
This is no bruiser. It’s a gentle, caressing whisky. One to contemplate on and enhance a relaxing evening. Beautiful stuff.
Thanks to Wemyss for providing a review sample.