Glen Fohdry 12- “Aiteal an Oir” indeed….Finding new malts is always a challenge and my quest has landed me in the Speyside region once again. This limited release has spent a dozen years exclusively in American oak barrels and at 94 proof it packs a significant punch. The head distiller also opted out of chill filtering, which allows all of the apple and pear notes to mingle with a deep rich vanilla nose. As an aside, this could also allow your whisky to cloud up a bit if you add a few drops of water. The zesty character is quite a treat as is, so I would avoid the dilution altogether. I found a crazy long finish with an extra dose of sweetness to boot. Sometimes decoding the gobbledygook on a whisky label is tough for those of us who don’t speak Scottish Gaelic. However, this one was the Malt Master’s pet name and it translates into “The Colour of Gold.” He speaks the truth about this 7 rated beauty, which is better than average but not a star. Slainte, now more than ever….