A new Secret Speyside by the Maltman aka Donald Hart? Of course, I am intrigued. After the very nice 2017 release, I had to see for myself if the new one is any good. Rumors are always around to what the destillery behind this actually is, but let’s just nose and taste 😉
The Maltman Secret Speyside 10yo 10900 / 55.2 % Vol.
A ruff arsed sherry hit to the nostrils! Nutella! Seriously, this reeks of nougat and Fererro Rocher, a clear M*callan marker for me. The alcohol feels a bit. Its even a bit rough to be honest, but not unpleasantly so. Is that a hint of peat or just the oakchar? A few drops of water and we’re almost hitting Mac12 territories. Okay, this is too obvious now guys. Pears, white grapes, overripe banana and nougat again.
Salty chocolate and hazelnuts, brown sugar and a tiny hint of peat. Develops on caramel, cocoa powder and tinned pears. Gets meaty and pleasantly bitter in the medium long finish. The alcohol still feels a bit, and the roughness is definetly there. It’s quite a character!
This is a beast that needs to be tamed with water. Reminds me of some of the younger G&M Speymalt Macs that I’ve tried in the past. The provenance of this cask is quite obvious. Fair price tag! /86
A while back, I wrote some notes for last years release, which I really liked. Here they are:
The Maltman Secret Speyside 14yo 007 / 55.2 % Vol.
Oak & sherry, oak & sherry, oak & sherry…. Raisins, figs, various herbs and spices, dark chocolate, walnuts, maggi, beef stock, old armagnac, grandpa’s leather armchair, polished mahogani wood, rancio, damp wine cellar, cigar box, cough syrup, embrocation and menthol.
Very oily, dense and spicy arrival. Stewed plumes and sweet soysauce come to mind. Like a plumsauce that has been boiled down and reduced for hours. Aachener Pflümli! Finish: Very long – quite herbal and a little bitter, but nicely so. Licorice and dark chocolate. This needs a few drops of water to open up. … With water and a bit of time, it’s still really dense and thick, but also a bit more aproachable. Still no easy sipper, more of a big late night dram.
I guess this one would perfectly pair with a cigar or dark chocolate. For some people this might be too much, because it’s definetly far away from being a balanced dram. I just love those kind of “over the top” malts from time to time. It obviously has spent its time in a very active cask and tastes more like a 30yo to 40yo malt. An absolute belter if you’re into this style. My guess is Glenfarclas or Tamdhu. /89