Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Morrison & Distillers
Average price: € 180.00
Official website: www.morrisondistillers.com
Let’s add an independent bottler to the already large group covered in this blog, Morrison & MacKay, active since 2008 but with roots going back a few decades.
In fact, it was founded as John Murray & Co. on the Isle of Mull in 1982 by the Bartholomew family to produce whisky liqueurs.
In 1996 they moved to Perth, founding the Scottish Liqueur Centre to continue production, but it was in 2005 that the turning point came, when the business was bought by Kenny MacKay, Rob Starling, Brian Morrison and Jamie Morrison (all coming by different routes from Bowmore) who, three years later, began bottling single malts under the Celebration of the Cask label.
In 2014 the company took its current name.
Several lines are produced by Morrison & MacKay, one in continuity with the origins (Bruadar), one of gin and others of actual single malts, namely Old Perth and Càrn Mòr, which in turn is divided into three series: Strictly Limited Edition, Celebration of the Cask Black Gold Edition and Celebration of the Cask.
It’s from the latter that today bottle comes, containing a single cask cask strength like all whiskies under this name, distilled on 8 December 2004 and bottled on 6 January 2020, so a fifteen year old.
Gold with copper highlights.
Very mineral and iron peat on the nose, a mixture of earth and ocean with quince jam, cedar, plums, honey, pistachio, chocolate. Leavened bread. Background of anise and white yoghurt. Very rich and varied, moving from sweet to sour to salty, changing at (almost) every olfactory approach.
Oily on the palate, with a compact and chewy smoke full of salt accompanying a compote of red fruits, honey, plums and cooked apples, nutmeg, anise, orange, a touch of ginger. Dry wood and leather. More stable than on the nose, with an aromatic palette that is nevertheless rich and varied.
The finish is quite long, of orange, wood, anise, leather.
An amusing and in some ways disconcerting nose is the prelude to a more coherent and compact but no less involving drink, a digression on the theme of the Islay distillery that satisfies and encourages one to ask for more.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Bunnahabhain 2007 French Brandy Finish
Bunnahabhain Fèis Ìle 2020
Bunnahabhain The Coterie Esclusive
Claxton’s Single Cask Bunnahabhain 16yo
Morisco Spirits Bunnahabhain Staoisha 7yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Wilson & Morgan Bunnahabhain 2014
More from Càrn Mòr in the blog:
Càrn Mòr Imperial 1989