07 March 2014
retailer and independent bottler Master of Malt have added a 60 year old
expression to their Secret Bottlings series of Speyside Single Malt Scotch
Malt's Secret Bottlings series already contains multi-award-winning 30, 40 and
50 year old expressions of extraordinary single malts, each from secret
Speyside distilleries. These will soon to be joined by Master of Malt 60 Year
Old Speyside, an astonishingly well-aged whisky that’s not only Master of
Malt’s oldest ever bottling, but amongst the oldest whiskies ever released,
which will retail at a price of just £999.95!
series has already received considerable recognition with the 30 Year Old
Speyside (5th Ed.) receiving a Gold Outstanding medal at the International Wine
& Spirit Competition and the 40 Year Old (2nd Ed.) being named Best In
Class at the International Spirits Challenge in 2013. The 50 Year Old (3rd
Ed.), meanwhile, received a quite remarkable score of 96.5 in Jim Murray’s
Whisky Bible 2014.
revealing the names of the distilleries where these whiskies were distilled,
Master of Malt are able to offer single malts of unbelievable quality at a
fraction of the price that would otherwise be possible. In a world where of
five-figure price tags on whiskies that are 50 years old and younger, and
anything from £8,000 to £100,000 for the small number of 60 year-old-plus
releases, it’s seemingly unthinkable that customers will soon be able to get
their hands on a whisky of such extraordinary age for under £1,000 a bottle. In
this instance, the £1000 is spent on truly exquisite, exceptionally well-aged
whisky, not on branding and advertising.
extraordinary sixty year old single malt represents an incredible piece of
history. The world was a very different place 60 years ago, after all. Back in
1954, people spent a lot more time reading things called books, for example,
with The Lord of The Rings and Lord of the Flies both having first been
published that year. It would be another 4 whole years before the blouse-wearing
tycoon Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) was born though, a man who would go
on to roundly trounce both titles in the hot topic of ‘who is the best lord’.
Note for Master of Malt 60 Year Old Speyside (1st Edition):
Beautiful malt to the fore, with a sublime backing of nutmeg, cocoa butter and
raisin. Gentle waves of soft white grapes, custard apples and golden syrup.
Astonishingly refined oaken notes.
mouth-filling palate entry delivering a touch of chocolate and ground allspice.
Quite tropical too - there’s a note of coconut, perhaps mango. An ethereal
high-note akin to tomato stems. With time, it becomes quite herbal, with a
potpourri-like character, sitting very nicely atop a solid core of rich, thick malt.
Finish: A long,
elegant finish, trailing off gracefully with pipe tobacco, molasses and dried
herbs. A slice of tangy green apple lingers.
of Malt 60 Year Old Speyside (1st Edition)
of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside (5th Edition)
of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside (2nd Edition)
of Malt 50 Year Old Speyside (4th Edition)
Master of Malt:
- Established in 1985
- Master of Malt is one of the UK's leading Online Spirits
Merchants, with a huge range of whiskies, rum, brandies, gins, cocktails and
many other fine spirits.
- UK Next Day Delivery from £6.95
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