Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-SherryOloroso first fill
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Average price: € 62.00
Official website: www.valinchandmallet.com
I continue this rapid excursion into the latest bottlings produced by the award-winning Ermoli & Romano company, the very Italian minds behind Valinch & Mallet, with a bottle containing whisky distilled from the little-known Dufftown.
Part of The Young Masters Edition and distilled in 2008, this whisky was bottled cask strength, limited to 215 bottles from a single hogshead Sherry cask and, like the others, is already difficult or almost impossible to find on the Italian market.
Gold with amber highlights in the glass.
The nose is sherried and biscuity, with a certain pleasant freshness in the background. Together with Catalan cream, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate and a light touch of liquorice, it carries a bit of cereal and a floral aspect that lightens the wave of warm sweetness in the nostrils. Ripe orange and hazelnuts enrich the bouquet, which over time also expresses polished wood. Very deep and layered.
It’s liqueur-like on the palate, warm and spicy like a papepato, together with prunes and dried apricots, chocolate, lots of citrus (orange but also chinotto), lots of walnut, liquorice more incisive than on the nose, and more wood. With time it also reveals a saline component and a bitter touch, like rhubarb, which makes it three (but also four) dimensional. It can be enjoyed calmly, perceiving all the small variations that intertwine without ever losing the basic theme.
The finish is very long, of chocolate, walnuts, fortified sultanas and spicy wood.
Certainly a whisky that doesn’t bore, far removed from the experiences of many others aged in sherry while remaining well recognisable in the category, and at a price (if you’re lucky enough to find it!) that is truly unbeatable.
I rarely dwell on the purely economic issue, but Valinch & Mallet must be credited with maintaining a more than affordable pricing policy on unique and top-notch productions, something very rare in the world of independent bottlers.
Other bottlings in the blog:
A&G Rare Cask Selection Dufftown 11yo
The Singleton of Dufftown 15yo
The Singleton of Dufftown 17yo Special Release 2020
The Singleton of Glendullan Select Game of Thrones – House Tully
More from Valinch & Mallet in the blog:
Valinch & Mallet Aultmore 9yo
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 15yo Madeira Cask
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 19yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Valinch & Mallet Caol Ila 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Caperdonich 20yo
Valinch & Mallet Dufftown 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Heaven Hill 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Highland Malt 24yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 25yo
Valinch & Mallet Longmorn 12yo
Valinch & Mallet Macduff 14yo
Valinch & Mallet Royal Brackla 13yo