Review by Ruben of WhiskyNotes
The School of Malt is a series of whiskies selected by whisky critic Dave Broom and bottled for Whisky-E, Prior to this Karuizawa 1991, there was a Tomatin 1976 and a Ballindalloch 1976 (Glenfarclas) in the same series.
Nose: a fairly dry start, with a typical oriental spiciness but also the kind of slightly sour tobacco leaves and a flowery aroma that I often get in 1990’s Karuizawa. Oranges and lemon. Some varnished oak. Chocolate notes and a faint hint of smoke in the distance. Mouth: at first dried fruits and sweetness of baked pears, evolving to more tangy flavours like zesty oranges and ginger. Pepper. Then some liquorice and earthy notes. Again a hint of smoke. Finish: long and dry on oranges, spices and roasted nuts.
A good educational dram to show some typical characteristics of this distillery, but in term of sheer enjoyment I’ve had better ones. Around €145. Sold out.