Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Average price: € 180.00
Official website: www.valinchandmallet.com
Another independent bottler that, despite its name and headquarters in London, is all of Italian origin.
In fact, Davide Romano and Fabio Ermoli are the founders of this very young company, set up in 2015 but which has built up a leading position in the world of whisky (and rum) with passion and dedication, thanks also to a very precise choice: only bottles from single casks.
This means creating a distillate with a marked personality and, above all, unique in the world, the result of the intuition and knowledge of the two selectors.
But nothing can describe the spirit of these bottlers better than the words of one of them, Davide Romano, taken directly from their website:
“We decided to go back to those times were things were bespoken and each object was unique for his own imperfections like a hand-blown crystal: behind each detail or ink smear of our labels, behind a different shade of oxidation of our metallic plaques there is the work of someone of us. Was it a sunny or a rainy day when the ink was let to dry? Was a plaque left a couple of instants more into the acid bath to oxidise leading to a deeper scar in the metal? And the sealing wax: how many seconds was left upside down before letting it dry? Perhaps that day one of our craftsmen was distracted for a moment by something: a joke shared with a friend, a particular thought that passed in his head..
We have come to cherish this marvellous inconsistencies: when you hold one of our bottles in your hands you can appreciate that not only the nectar inside is unique but all of it is.”
In the glass, a beautiful caramel colour of this whisky distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2018 in 256 examples.
The nose is soft and enveloping, with sultanas, marzipan, sponge cake, white chocolate, ripe peach and a floral caress, carried by a saline underpinning. Were it not for the latter, the gluttonous, pastry-like profile would not suggest its island provenance.
The opening is almost marsalate, the sweetness soars, sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon, being courted by lemon and finally yielding to the marine profile, which asserts itself boldly and proudly, fading into salted butter. Standing by, fruit and lemon, joined by a light touch of spice on a fresh grassy carpet. The flavours blend without annihilating each other, giving life to a central body that spreads across the palate with the various scents, with the alcoholic tip well balanced and ready to enhance them.
The finish is not very long, of cinnamon, yellow fruit, lemon and ocean.
A very pleasant and layered bottle, fresh and with a very appealing sweet/salty balance. I look forward to tasting more of Ermoli&Romano’s magic…