Master of Malt Speyside 60 year old 42.2% ABV
It’s not very often you get to try a 60 year old whisky. After seeing it was available for a ‘reasonable’ price (relatively speaking) I decided why not and ordered a sample. This is another edition to Master of Malt’s successful and critically acclaimed private bottling series.
I have previously sampled their 40 year old Speyside which was behind the Christmas Eve door of my 2013 Whisky Advent calendar. It’s a malt I hugely enjoyed; on the nose it had red berries and sherry. Lashings of rum and brandy. Really a Christmas pudding in a glass. It had a well balanced palate which was silky and luxurious with flamed Christmas pud notes.
Onto the 20 years senior dram. The oldest and priciest whisky I’ve had so far, a little intimidating. I poured it out and let it settle for a few minutes. The colour is a deep golden straw. Alcohol was quite present on first nosing so I added a tiny drop of water. Much better. The nose is sharp, slightly vinegar. Solventy with bags of sherry, warm Pedro Ximenez. I got a few sweets, palma violets and pear drops. A bit nutty, some walnuts. Candle smoke. Strawberries and a balsamic kind of vanilla extract. Wood chips. On the palate it’s very rich, mouth coating and thick. Quite spicy and loads of big woodyness.
Coffee beans and Marmite come along next with toasted wood. Medium dry sherry that has a stewed tea and tannins character with it. A very mature, complex and layered spirit. I then got sour apple and toasted malt porter. The palate goes dry/juicy/dry and sour. Subtle hint of Bourbon in the background moving onto Cognac. A well balanced bitterness then becomes apparent and a bit of aged Christmas pud.
A long and complex finish follows. I got rounded soft wood with a slightly salty edge to it, which then went onto paper muffin cases. It then goes tart and tangy, a really long and changing finish. Overall I did enjoy this whisky and appreciated it’s depth and complexity, it did though almost seem close to being too old. £999.95 is a lot (to me anyway) to be spending on a bottle so as an alternative I’d would recommend Master of Malt’s great 40 year old Speyside or a Glenfarclas 25 year old, which I’ll be blogging about in the near future.
(I have a feeling this 60 year old might be a Glenfarclas, and considering a bottle of Glenfarclas 60yr old goes for £14,495 this is really a bargain!)