Overall rating
Single Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 108
Stated Age
21 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
50.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Oct 2018 1:55 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130,00

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Whisky Reviews for Aultmore 1997 MBa

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.35 points

  1. Syleo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    There are bottles in which, even though they were supposed to be partitions, you are not mad at all, if the FT does not work very well - there's more for your own enjoyment ... So I had a candidate in the glass today: The 21-year-old Aultmore from Maltbarn. The number 108 in the series of own issues of the small North German bottler at the Jade Bay, which I had previously not even actively met and on which a good friend has kindly drawn my attention.

    21 years are quite a proud age for independent bottlings and especially for Aultmore, apart from some big houses like Signatory or Adelphi, which already have such old barrels up to 35 years on offer. Nevertheless, the interest in the bottle division was moderate - is not just a hyper-distillery and also a pure ex-Bourbon Cask without fancy finish. ;-)

    Impressive I think that the Maltbarn manages as a single cask to bring the otherwise defined in elaborate Vatting Aultmore character impressively on the point - a beautiful autumn whisky, great barrel selection and clear buy recommendation (even more, since the Maltbarn No. 108 clearly below the Price of the original bottling ranked)!

    And how does the Maltbarn 21 with its 50.7% compare to the 46% barely lighter 21er OA, which I personally consider to be heavily undervalued in the base and has been extensively scrutinized elsewhere? Basically, both are very close in character. Reduced to a word, I would say that the original bottlings is a bit more restrained, or with a much more appropriate English term "more mellow". The mandarins of the maltbarn are oranges in the OA, menthol corresponds in the OA rather spruce needle extract, vanilla rather vanilla pods, the French herbs express themselves in the OA more than tobacco or tea, flowers in Maltbarn are more fruits in OA.

    For me, both are very nice ex-Bourbon bearings, where I can determine my favorite at most on the daily form.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A beautifully dense cloud Bourbon Cask-typical fruit sweetenings float creamy and vanilla from the straw-yellow malt over the rim of the glass: pear compote with vanilla sauce, a whole can of pickled peaches with whipped cream, a freshly fried pineapple and sesame balls from the china buffet, with some tangerine and a cocktail cherry. Flowery accents, fresh grass, geranium and clove, all the way to spring white, white Haribo gummy bears or - to make up for the surreptitious advertising - bright Katjes Jogger Gums with foam rubber mix into this intense fruit. The barrel makes a pleasant impression with autumn forest soil, French herbs and even a clear hint of methol, white chocolate and a hint of marzipan, the barley complements the beautifully complex impression of shortbread fingers, vanilla crisps with powdered sugar and a slice of toast with honey. Very nice!
    • Taste
      93 93
      A large part of the accentuated nose also makes it to the tasting. Flowery and grassy, at the same time sweet and soft again the canned pears and peaches along with their juice and gummy, creamy and oily. Honey and vanilla biscuits and a pleasantly tarty touch of tangerine citrus refresh the exuberant fruitiness. Even after the 21-year maturation period, the oak has managed not to turn over in bitter notes, but to anchor itself mainly nutty and malty with some tea leaves in the taste.
    • Finish
      88 88
      In the finish, marzipan in white chocolate, malt bread, short crust pastry and chewed pear peels hit the French herbs and the slight menthol kick from the nose and burn for a long time with a note that already reminds of a fruity white wine. Top!

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      a delicate but very delicious exotic fruity nose (pineapple, melon, gooseberry, yellow kiwi), vanilla, cream, later Fanta orange, effervescent powder, bright juicy fresh wood, very subtle herbal notes, crystalline, autumn leaves
    • Taste
      90 90
      very fruity, the exotic fruits from the nose are all on the palate, chocolate, coffee, tobacco provide a harsh counterweight, the exotic fruit cocktail but retains the upper hand
    • Finish
      89 89
      some floral, geranium leaves, light pleasant soapiness, lavender, fine woody notes, still pleasant fruitiness

  3. toklian scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N22 P23 F22 B23

    Still astonishing!

  4. Kensay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose - sweet dried fruit, some herbs, fresh, but rather dull
    The taste is also quite simple, delicate creamy, some spices.
    Finish uninteresting, the continuation of taste and a little bitterness
    uninteresting, but quite drinkable molt

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      A rather good nose, but not unique. A sharp sweetness (not exactly fruity) mixed with some sourish components. Wet stones, lemons,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sharp, spicy, waxy, but it is a bit spirity, feels more than 50% ABV. Lemons, pears. Bready. Again, a hint of sour.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The weakest part. Grainy, flat, and cardboardy.

  6. toklian scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N22 P23 F22 B23

  7. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22 23 22 22 89

    great summer dram

  8. zzs0529 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A fruit bomb early in the morning~~~
    • Nose
      Smell: Sweet vanilla cream ice cream, of course, is a malt version, some ripe peaches and pears, accompanied by the smell of mud after the rain. Add water: more vanilla cream! Even some caramel.
    • Taste
      Entrance: Supple peaches, pears, 50-degree Boben bucket power burst out after swallowing a mouth, there are some bitterness of almonds. Add water: fruit candy! Explosive fruit jelly ~~
    • Finish
      The rhyme: long, accompanied by the bitterness of the smoked nuts, or the bitterness of the cocoa powder behind the creamy chocolate. (Is it too sweet?)


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