Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Laphroaig
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: Atlas Company
Price: € 70.00 on Atlas Whisky Shop
Official website: atlascompany.it
Lorenzo Lutti and his club are currently celebrating two years in business (minus a two-month lockdown for Covid).
Like any self-respecting whisky aficionado, one of the dreams to be fulfilled is to bottle your own whisky, and Atlas has already done this several times.
This year he decided to offer an ‘ignorant’ whisky (Lorenzo’s words), an 11 year old Ardmore aged in a cask which contained Laphroaig, the result of a collaboration with an Italian bottler who has brought so many delights to the world.
Lorenzo says he was initially aiming for a Ledaig cask (he knows his way around an ignorant whisky), but when he had the chance to try this cask, he immediately fell in love with it.
The style of this bottling is immediately clear from its name and the communication chosen for its launch, underlining the lightness that the world of whisky sometimes lacks and which, especially in this period, is perhaps even more necessary,
Having been able to obtain a generous sample directly from the hands of its ‘daddy’, I can’t help but pour it straight away and try it!
Pale yellow in the glass.
The aroma is acrid and pungent, with a touch of disinfectant that immediately reveals the origin of the cask. Marine veins emerge from this rather thick blanket, with notes of liquorice, dried fruit, caramel and aniseed. Not exactly inviting for those who are new to whisky…
On the palate, it’s immediately explosive, a wave of brutal and burning smoke, thanks to the alcohol content which is not exactly for schoolgirls, which soon reveals oily layers suspended between sweet and salty, with spices (ginger and cardamom) on Catalan cream, cooked apples, plums, citrus scents, more liquorice and aniseed, sea… on the one hand, rough and grumpy, almost brutal, on the other it reveals a deeper and more layered soul, like embers lit under the ashes. Leather and tobacco follow in the background, acting as a counterpoint to the aromas.
The finish is long, of ash, spices, leather, citrus and liquorice.
There is very little ignorance here: carnal and spontaneous, with little inclination to compromise, but not for this reason crude and approximate, on the contrary. A multi-layered tasting experience that satisfies the casual drinker as well as the more experienced one, leaving both satisfied.
Review of Atlas whisky in the blog:
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