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Tasting the Master of Malt Speyside 30 year old 3rd edition

16 November 2011 Written by:

After Tasting the 40 and 50 year olds, it’s high time to test the ‘middle aged’ 30 year old. This one again is a Secret Bottling and differs from the 2nd Edition by replacing the sherried notes with some fresh honey and malt (as quoted from the official tasting notes).master-of-malt-30-year-old-speyside-3rd-edition-whisky

Master of Malt 30 Year Old Speyside (3rd Edition) . 40% , £100

Nose: A very nice nose with a great balance of wood, malt, citrus and wood spices (cinnamon,ginger, cardamom), crisp and  lively for such an old malt.

palate: Juicy stuff. the wood and the malty notes combine gently, with some sugar and a whiff of smoke followed by some sultana & plum combo, not over sweet though.The body is not very full, at 40%, I suspect without diluting it would have been smacking!

Finish: Fruit, vanilla, and a distant memory of cereals.

All in all this is a very nice dram, which needs time, to appreciate it’s intricacies. As I’ve mentioned before,too bad it’s only 40%, since it could have been a real cracker with a bit more body and oomph at 46-48%. Not a bad price for a 30 year old also, so this is highly recommended.

As to which distillery it should come from, I would not bet my money on it . tough call. Any guesses? leave a comment if you have a clue.

Score: 88/100

Many thanks to the guys over at MoM for this official sample

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