Secret Speyside 10yo and 14yo by The Maltman

Secret Speyside 10yo and 14yo by The Maltman

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.

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Nose:

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.

Mouth:

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!

Comments:

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.

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Nose:

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.

Mouth:

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.

Comments:

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

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