Independent Bottlers Island of Islay Scotland Whisky from 0 to 50 euros Wilson & Morgan

Wilson & Morgan House Malt 2013-2018

Review of the Islay 'house malt' from Italian bottlers Wilson&Morgan.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scozia)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Wilson & Morgan
Average price: € 35.00
Official website: www.wilsonandmorgan.com
Vote: 81/100

The Italian bottlers Wilson & Morgan are known for the high quality of their bottles, as well as for the great variety of their offer, which is truly for all budgets (and tastes).
Among their various series, since 2000 they have added the House Malt series, a semi-annual bottling made from casks taken from unspecified distilleries (for contractual reasons), but always from the same areas of Scotland: Islay and Speyside.

And it just so happens that the sample I chose is from an Islay distillery, with the whisky distilled in September 2013 and bottled in January 2018, producing 3,600 bottles in total at a price that is, as always, unbeatable.

Tasting notes

Light amber in the glass.
Herbaceous and humid peat on the nose, with an impression of sandalwood accompanied by chinotto, vanilla, cereals, panna cotta. Rather simple but pleasant and fresh. Very light smoke in the distance.
The citrus strengthens in the mouth, leaning on the peat which becomes more toasted while maintaining a strong vegetable component, keeping a substantially light and elusive profile with touches of hazelnuts, cereals, a hint of vanilla, tobacco. Sprinkle of black pepper on the dry wood.
Fairly long finish of burnt wood, citrus, pepper, salt.

Introductory and light malt, suitable, given the cost, to approach the scents of Islay but too quietly so. Easy to drink, but not to be despised.

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