Spey 10 is the next bottle we are going to try tonight, came the shout at the whisky club. Everyone then assumed we would be indulging in a 10 year old Speyside, but the saying never assume comes to mind when we were introduced to the new Spey Tenne.
The name Tenne comes from the use of Tawny Port Casks that are used as a finishing cask to this whisky. The casks come from the Quinto do Filoco winery in Portugual. The whisky is a single malt of various ages with a minimum age of 8 years old. The whisky has for the majority has been sleeping in Bourbon cask and is finished off for 6 months in the fresh port cask. The result is a delicately light rosé wine coloured whisky, at first look you might not identify this as a whisky as the 6 months in a Port cask have certainly left a 'Tenne' mark.
The word 'Tenne' means stain colouring of orange and brown. So in this case the marriage of whisky and port produce an appetising drink. On a side note the word Tenne is used as a heraldry term and according to the Heraldry Society of Scotland the football strip of Dundee United should be called tenny and argent instead of the clubs description of tangerine.
Back to the whisky, this is a limited release of 18,000 bottles which I am sure will be enough for you to get a bottle if you are interested in pairing food with whisky. I found it to be a perfect aperitif or even a dessert whisky. There might be enthusiasts who might rebuff the colour and sweetness, but I enjoyed the Tenne as it is very drinkable and can and should be used as an accompaniment to food, another key fact is this whisky could also be a great introductory whisky.
Fresh apples, sweet peaches and cream, with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate.
sweet and light with all the flavours of port and bourbon casks coming together. Vanilla and apples.
Medium finish of all the flavours, light and doesn't overstay it's welcome that pulls you back for more.
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