The tasty trio: New Master of Malt Single Cask Series whiskies revealed!

They say good things come in threes and today’s dose of deliciousness is a trio of Malt Single Cask Series expressions – incredible single cask Scotch whisky bottlings from some of Scotland’s most exciting distilleries. And yes, that includes a Port Ellen!

We love independently-bottled spirits. Someone – in this case, our ace buying team – has gone out of their way to pick out and purchase each cask because it’s got a real point of difference. Want to experience a whole different aspect of a distillery’s character? Check out independently bottled single casks. They act as a snapshot in time – quirks and eccentricities blended out in a brand’s usual vatting and marrying processes shine through. Each is unique – and in the case of these three, our latest Master of Malt Single Cask Series releases, downright delicious.

Some of the more eagle-eyed readers will note that not all of these are strictly brand new – our brilliant Bruichladdich expression actually hit the virtual Master of Malt shelves in July. But the group sits so pleasingly together that it would be a crying shame to not give them a turn in the spotlight. Can you tell we’re just a little bit fired up about these beauties? Feast your eyes and tease your taste buds with these delectable drams!

Master of Malt Single Cask Series Bruichladdich
Bruichladdich 15 Year Old November 2001 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) – 58.0%

Tasting notes for Bruichladdich 15 Year Old November 2001 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) 

Nose: Nutty nougat, cherries, applewood smoke, pine resin and Lilt. Subtle salinity.
Palate: Oily hop and toasted teacake notes arrive first, before a slow rumble of charred oak-y spices appear. Tobacco leaf, tangy gooseberry and milk chocolate appear after a few minutes in the glass.
Finish: Rich tobacco again, now with cedar and a whisper of pineapple.

Master of Malt Single Cask Series Springbank
Springbank 25 Year Old December 1991 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) – 53.2%

Tasting notes for Springbank 25 Year Old December 1991 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) 

Nose: Opens with a buttery, slightly burnt caramel note. Then it’s all about the honeycomb, cranberry and breakfast tea leaves, and a gentle aromatic menthol.
Palate: This one’s more about a toasty vibe than the gentle peat: think slightly burned olive bread followed by the menthol vibe. Then a woodworking quality comes through, with orange oil furniture polish prominent. Cracked black peppercorns with a toffee and Christmas cake sweetness develops after a few minutes in the glass.
Finish: Long, with a trail of spice, dark fruits and toffee.

Master of Malt Single Cask Series Port Ellen
Port Ellen 33 Year Old March 1983 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) – 57.4%

Tasting note for Port Ellen 33 Year Old March 1983 – Single Cask (Master of Malt) 

Nose: An amazing combination of red fruits and baked goods – pain au chocolat with red cherry. Also, toffee, remarkably fresh orange notes, buttery leather, a sage, herbal quality, and an earthy, warming peatiness that underpins everything without overpowering.
Palate: An opulent, velvety mouthfeel that’s bursting with rich toffee and shortbread, stewed strawberry and raspberry notes. Christmas cake elements also sneak in – and then the remarkable swoosh of bonfire ember peat. There’s a dark, high-cocoa percentage chocolate bitterness to it, too.
Finish: Long, lingering and luxurious. The vibrant cooked dessert quality goes on and on, and then there’s the comforting sense of just-blown-out birthday candles. A celebration in a glass.

 

For even more tastiness, check out the full Master of Malt Single Cask Series range.

Categories : Scotch Whisky, Whisky

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