Much like Kirkland, Master of Malt gets its hand on single malt whisky from time to time, which it bottles with an age statement… but without revealing the distiller. This Speyside malt is MoM’s fifth installment of its 30 year old whisky, now featuring a new bottle and label design.
This whisky is heavily sherried, a deep amber, with lots of orange on the nose. It’s still surprisingly young — fresh grain notes abound — and the wood influence is far less than you’d expect. Like any good 30 year old, it has a certain austerity to it, but here this comes across with more of an oatmeal character, flavored with some flamed orange peel.
There’s not a whole lot beneath it — touches of banana and wisps of smoke pay homage to age — but that’s no matter. It’s gone before you know it.
B+ / $206