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Master of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside (1st Edition)

(70cl, 40%)

Master of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside (1st Edition)

40 YO Speyside 1st Ed. Bottling Note

From our Secret Bottlings Series

Whiskies of this age are incredibly rare, particularly those that display such deft balance and poise, this bottling is from a well-known Speyside distillery. This was also awarded a Silver Medal at the 2011 Malt Maniacs awards!

Tasting Note by Jim Murray (Whisky Bible 2009)

Nose: 22/25 dates and walnuts – a style lovers of Glenfarclas might appreciate; the oak is pretty full on but the grapes hold it in check;

Taste: 21.5/25 silky at first then astringent oak;

Finish: 22/25 settles back down to that date and walnut cake feel, even if a little burned. The mouthfeel remains sensuous;

Balance: 22/25 as the whisky changed in the glass – after 40 years in cask it deserves the longest outing it can possibly get – I was completely bemused by this one. At times it went through phases when it would struggle to get 77, while sometimes it peered into the possibilities of 90s. But that was fleeting, and this is perhaps a mean score; to some in both senses…

Score: 87.5

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User Reviews of the Master of Malt 40 Year Old Speyside (1st Edition)

Light, smells good, taste soso!

Highland 30 year old, after sample taste, i thought about it all night and end up bought a bottle. This I would not pay 200 something dollars for it. For a 40 year old I'm not impressed! This smells good, taste young, like light summer day abit sweet, abit smoke, abit dry but watery fininsh. I don't know maybe i thought too highly of its age..

21st May 2012


A slightly astringent nose of dried fruit and green nuts. If I was to hazard a guess I would say it’s a refill-Oloroso Glen Grant. Deep and unctuous with plenty of mature honey and a touch of sawdust.

The palate is soft and succulent, a touch on the tannic side but lovely and gentle. There’s plenty of mature honey and a hard, peppery middle, which leads me to believe that it’s not Glen Grant. Slightly astringent on the finish with a hint of violets and still pretty peppery.

That peppery character is perplexing and making the guessing quiet difficult as I can’t say that I’ve every found that in an old Spey before. Talisker maybe but not a Spey. Of the Speyside malts that that a) age for that long and b) that are often sherry casked, I don’t think it is Macallan, Glen Grant Glenfarclas or Caperdonich….. So I’m going to plump for Strathisla, mainly because of the violety note which I have found in other bottlings from that distillery. I’m sure someone will tell me if I’m right or wrong!

8th July 2010

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