Origin: Isle of Mull (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Wilson & Morgan
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: www.wilsonandmorgan.com
Here we are at the first independent bottler in our blog, and we start with an all-Italian company, despite the name.
Wilson & Morgan was set up in 1992 (a year that marked several new developments in Italy for which a lot of drinking was actually required!), on the initiative of Fabio Rossi and his family.
They select casks carefully chosen from the various Scottish distilleries, with bottlings divided into various lines including the Barrel Selection of which this one is a part, with a preference for Scotch from Islay.
Here we are on the Isle of Mull, with a cask of Ledaig, the peat distillery of Tobermory (which used to be called Ledaig: in Scotland you never get bored), owned by the South African Distell Group Limited.
This is a 10-year-old, distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2018, of which there is an extra strength version at 50% in the same line.
It’s the latter that is more easily found on the web, both in terms of purchases and reviews, while the bottle in my hands seems to be snubbed by most: I admit that I bought it mainly attracted by the price (really cheap), we have to see if it was worth it anyway.
A beautiful straw yellow welcomes us as we pour the whisky into the glass, almost like a white wine.
But it’s enough to bring the nose closer to understand that no, it’s definitely not a wine: maritime peat, with a lot of bacon and a medicinal touch. It’s almost as if you’re on Islay, and I’d certainly fall for smelling it in the dark. The alcohol content is not noticeable, but if you let it breathe you get a slight lemony, slightly astringent hint.
On the palate, the alcohol remembers it’s 48 degrees and greets you cheerfully, pushing the peat even more fleshy. The medicinal touch becomes tinier and tinier, giving way to a salty, vegetal one, with the smoke always being the master. Not aggressive but decisive, with a full and flowing body, without flashes but neither does it give in. On the length, the lemon returns, along with a hint of sweetness (but just a hint: there is nothing pandering here).
The finish is medium, salty and smoky, ashy, a bit dry but pleasant.
Intriguing malt, not very complex but a pleasant island digression, which given the very low price is well worth the purchase.
I couldn’t find any reviews about this bottling, so you’ll just have to trust me…