Whisky Butler’s September 2016 Box
Irish 14 yo 2001 Maltbarn 48.3%
Nose: Hints of banana, sour kiwis and green mangos. Somewhat dusty too, and brown paper. Fruit comes back in the form of jelly gummies. And celery. Also a little spirituous. Did not check but I’m quite sure this is a Single Malt and not Pure Pot Still.
Palate: Full of little sour-fruity buzzy notes mixed with a heaping of ginger powder and zingy heat. becomes drier and hot with spicy heat towards the finish. Very clean, a very uplifting style.
Finish: Rather long, rather fruity-aromatic but dry and the spicy heat continues.
Glen Elgin 20 yo 1995 Maltbarn 51.7%
Nose: Interesting. I imagined Glen Elgin as a light speysider but no. It’s got some earthiness and a particular fermented note that is like wet leather left wet. Dry branches and brown leaves. Cracked oak and dry spicy heat.
Palate: Much woodier on the tongue, also some really thick leather notes almost musty even. Still a bit hard to read, some bark and charcoal. Dry spices. Varnished cabinets.
Finish: Heat makes a comeback, along with oak and oaky tones.
Linkwood 16 yo 1998 Maltbarn 49.3%
Nose: A familiar profile, clean sharp lemony citric, just a bit of green herb notes, hot concrete. I believe this is what is referred to as an austere Linkwood. So, sharp, lemony and ‘pure’.
Palate: More of that clean, sharp, lemony-ness. Ground up stones or white clay – but also dry with aromatic esters. Crystalline clear. In terms of body, very much on the lighter side of the spectrum.
Finish: Medium, some malty notes, but rather dry and citric.
Glen Scotia 23 yo 1992 Maltbarn 53.3%
Nose: Dirty style. With a good balance of sweet wood and vanilla. Seems more phenolic than some other Glen Scotia’s I’ve had of late. Lots of phenolic notes, oily, smokey, a dampness that borders on musty, muddy estuary. Dirty rags, wet wood. I quite like this dirty style – very characterful.
Palate: More sweet wood, but also smoke, a ‘piney-ness’, phenolic dirtiness, a seeming good amount of smoke. Smoky engines, salty damp canvas and oil cans. Somewhat thinner and leaner on the mouth than the nose might have suggested. Quite some oaky tannins too. Something of a tequila in here too.
Finish: Rather long and more of the same.