An undisclosed single malt distilled in the Speyside region. Not sure whether it’s related to these glorious 1970’s casks, but in any case we’ve seen them before specifically from the 1998 vintage. This Speyside 1998 was bottled by Maltbarn.
Speyside region 19 yo 1998 (52,3%, Maltbarn 2017, sherry cask, 177 btl.)
Nose: oaky in a nice, aromatic way. Fresh oak shavings, hints of polish, with a grassy side. Hints of hay but also sultanas and dried apricots in the background.
Mouth: fruity start, on oranges , sultanas and berries. Hints of figs and pomegranate. Then spices (clove, cinnamon, ginger) and herbal tea. An earthy touch with hints of chocolate. All good.
Finish: quite long, half sweet, half herbal. Some cocoa with bits of candied ginger as well.
Nicely aromatic drinking whisky, from active wood. Around € 120, sold out from Maltbarn direct but still available from Whiskybase for instance.