It’s a tenuous link, but is one bovered? Here are three malts i tried recently that are associated by rarity, scarcity and unfamiliarity. I’ve only previously had two St Magdalene, only two single cask expressions of Macallan and only one Allt-a-Bhainne. Let’s change all that.
Allt-a-Bhainne 1995/2013 17yo SV cask #147084 & 147085 [btl #241/729] 43% WB84
- N: Mackmyra [Bruks] like with pear drops and pineapples. Very like [light] new-make in aroma but the wood (maybe on it’s last fill) has done its part merely to soften without imparting. That makes it creamy barley spirit.
- T: Hearty, creamy, sweet-sour, straight ahead spirit finish.
- F: Spirity yet flavoursome. Never harsh, more rough and ready, a tad.
- C: Totally distillate led. It’s ok, really but oh for better casks – the distillate deserves them.
Scores 79 points
- N: Oily, buttery, briney, rubber sherry
- T: Lots of boing, the phenol and more the ethanol strength are formidable.
- F: More boing!
- C: Not much SMWS Macallan around anymore, and this was only one of 191 bottles.
Scores 82 points
- N: Fatty, oily, firm yet fluffy malt distillate with water melon and goats cheese
- T: Squidgy & grassy mouthfeel, a little oily and oozing of barley water with a light fruitiness. Has a soft richness, with a peak of [joyous] intensity going into the finish
- F: Simply lovely as it finishes with more barley, a tad austere but altogether desirable.
- C: A treat, not least in context of its rarity.
Scores 85 points