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The Malt Affair: Michiel Wigman Masterclass tasting

Welcome Michiel and Jan to Singapore! We hope you’ve enjoyed our food and hospitality, and that you were never short of something to drink. Notes from the engaging Masterclass:

Ardbeg 28 yo 1965 – 1996 Cadenhead 54.4% Dried grass on fire, engine oil and working engines. Something here is very reedy. Reed mats, clean white minerals with a splash of mud just after the rain. Sea worn timbers, tarred rope and murky seawater. Old glue and flaking old books. This one has an element of phenolic dirtiness that isn’t quite dirty if you catch my meaning. And the antique peat is distinctive. 90 pts

Miltonduff 23 yo 1966 / 1990 Spinola 61.4% Chocolate, pu erh, graphite and juicy black plums plus blackberries. Expressive and full of easy charm. Cinnamon and allspice glazed walnuts, amaro and more weight than I imagined Miltonduff capable of. Hints of mint and bullion, but it remains totally juicy and sherry led, never straying into overly woody and tannic territories, which at this strength and in this cask, is something wondrous itself. 92 pts  

Springbank 32 yo Local Barley 1966 / 1998 #494 54.4% Outstanding. Broad shouldered yet multi hued. Resinous, barky, just slightly medicinal in a herbaceous way. But also engine oil, sea air, wisps of white smoke, dry clay, coal pits, smears of ash and dried peat. While not fruity per se, the zesty overtones of grapefruit and limes are apparent as are preserved melon rind and salted licorice. Easy peasy 93 pts

Longmorn 1977 / 1999 Scott’s 57.8%  Plenty of bursting reds and deep purple fruit. Maraschino cherries, plum sauce, cocoa, a drop of tar, hacks candy, bitter herbal remedies, thick black tea and a bit of soot. It’s all very good until the finish approaches and then it veers sideways into all sorts of bitter woody and overly tannic territories. Pity, would have been stellar otherwise. 88 pts

Linkwood 1969 – 1988 Moon Costumes #1693 46% Coffee powder, licorice, some soot and blackberry jam.  Dry on the tongue, with emergent dry spiciness like rye bread with a few drops of amaro. Cinnamon, firewood and black pepper, though taking a turning towards tannic black tea. Not a heavyweight but rather supple and lifting. 88 pts

Glenrothes 33 yo 1967 – 2000 VAMA 48.5% Warm waxes, a single sliver of dried citrus peel, mint and chamomile tea. Some gentle phenols like a drop of machine oil, with warm granite, sprinkled with ground angelica quinine and black pepper. Though it skirts bitter territories nervously. A precious little nugget – dense, coherently assembled and always rounded and soft. 89 pts

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