Secret Speyside 14 years (Maltman)

Review 2017-027 «Specifics» Single malt • The Maltman • Vintage 2002 • Bottled in 2017 • 55.2% Alcohol • Matured for 14 years in a first fill sherry cask (#007) • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from Undisclosed distillery (Speyside, Scotland) • Bottled by Meadowside Blending (MBI) • Glasgow • Scotland • Limited availability (378 bottles) • Not available anymore (price was €100) • Whiskybase #95013

STORY. Intriguing! A secret treasure from the chaps of Meadowside Blending. This release in the Maltman range is sourced from an undisclosed distillery. However, rumours have been flying around that point to a premium Speyside distillery. The colour is intense, dark and absolutely beautiful. Meadowside Blending is a Glasgow-based independent bottler that was founded by Donald and Andrew Hart and offers single casks of both malts (The Maltman) and grains (The Grainman). The Maltman range is considered as their crown jewel, aimed (and I quote) “to keep our whisky as natural as the day it left the cask, leaving all the goodness of mother earth’s oils, fats and proteins, offering you a dram with outstanding aroma, texture and most importantly, taste”. What more can we add to that, but just to taste a part of their jewellery.

TASTING NOTES

 

APPEARANCE. High class and premium design, colour of the contents is Bordeaux brown and is intensely coloured.

NOSE. In the front there are lots of spices, mulled wine (in particular port), cherries and plum concentrate. I find it nicely integrated, although it still has to open up to show its full potential. (water) It is still a bit restrained, but certainly elegant. There are lots of fresh and dried fruits with in particular golden raisins, along with some floral notes. A mix of all the excellent features of a good red wine, aged port, and madeira. Lovely smell of freshly prepared apricot jam, and baked dried apricots. The whole is very complex, without being able to put the finger (or tongue) on all the different notes in the nose.

TASTE. Woody, wood spices, lots of tannins, quite sharp with chilli and black peppers. Oh, needs lots of water. (water) Much smoother now, still punchy with spices, but also silky. Apricots covered with chilli, chocolate and strong coffee. Less complex compared to the nose.

VERDICT. The packaging and colour of the liquid are exquisite. There is lots of exquisite character in the whisky too. Never tasted a Macallan, but if only they all were like this nowadays. Well, I will keep on dreaming.

Recommended for the ones that are in for a mysherrysterie.

Thanks to Henri for the sample!

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MY SCORE
Nose
86 %
Taste
85.5 %
Balance
84 %
Depth
85 %
Price
83 %