Maltbarn is a German independent bottler from Stadland that releases single casks at cask strength on a very regular basis. This is a Glen Elgin from 1995 at cask strength.
Deliciously fruity nose on apricots and peach, dark honey, smoldering wood and popcorn. Granny Smith apples and lemono kick in. Hint of cookie dough. Nuts. This is a liquid muesli. Some mineral notes as well, as if I have some wet stones in my glass. And a drop of olive oil. This is very good!
Oily and softer than expected on the palate. Immediately some pepper and ginger, sure, but also liquorice before the fruit takes the reigns once more. Lots of citrus (grapefruit!), then pineapple and lemons. Some melon. The apples return. Apricot pastry. Becomes somewhat drying because of the oak, but remains sweet enough. There is even a touch of waxiness. I’m a fan!
The finish is wonderfully long, pretty spicy with an oak bitterness. At the death I get some lemon juice over a slice of melon. Nice!
Superbly summery Glen Elgin. Well, I could have done a lot worse for my 25th encounter with this distillery.