Maltbarn is a bit of a blind-spot for me, in regards to bottlers. I know they are often well received, and are at the top end of what money buys in regards to value for money, if I’m not mistaken.
The problem with the brand, however, is that it’s only available at Whiskybase (AFAIK), and they often sell out before I’ve made up my mind about wanting a bottle or not. This Inchgower, though, came from an auction and was one of these random things that I put a fairly low bid on, but won anyway. It doesn’t happen often, but also not never.
Let’s see where this one ends up!
A strangely dry type of sherry with quite some yeasty notes (nothing too strange, so far). There are also some rather grassy, and plant like notes. Spiced cake, almonds and raisin bread crust. Some burnt caramel, dates and figs too.
The palate brings some bite, but isn’t too strong. Some dried fruits like on the nose, and the slightly bitter note of almonds is there too. Strangely, there’s also a hint of moss and autumn leaves which I didn’t expect.
The finish continues with the combination of almonds and raisinbread. Even slightly buttery, like almond paste. A little of the autumn leaves.
I’m not entirely sure where this one sits in regards to ‘typical’ Inchgower, but the sherry cask doesn’t feel too overpowering. It’s nicely fruity with some other notes of forests and caramel too. A good combination of flavors!
It’s available still, in the secondary market, but prices are getting rather high.