Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Added coloring: No
Owner: Milano Whisky Company
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: www.milanowhiskycompany.com
Today we have the opportunity to welcome two new arrivals to the blog: the Longmorn distillery and the young Italian bottler, Milano Whisky Company.
Longmorn was founded in 1893 by Charles Shirres, George Thomson and John Duff: the latter came from managing the GlenDronach and Bon Accord distilleries in Aberdeen, and already had the foundation of Glenlossie in his CV.
Distillation began the following year, and the construction shortly after of BenRiach nearby seemed to mark a good step for Duff and his partners, until they were overwhelmed by the failure of a large distributor at the end of the 19th century.
Hence the decline and the beginning of several changes of hands, until they reached Chivas Brothers in 1978 (becoming part of their blend) and, subsequently, Pernod Ricard with the 2001 acquisition.
Very few bottlings are produced by the distillery, while independent bottlings are more widespread.
And so we come to Milano Whisky Company, born from the love of whisky of three partners (Matteo, Enrico and Fabrizio) who, although coming from different backgrounds, decided to join forces to realise what is, after all, the dream of many whisky lovers: bottling their own whisky.
The choice of this cask “was decided basically on two reasons: the desire to begin, and because the product was already very satisfying, giving us the stimulus to go ahead and grow, in level and quality”.
In fact, as you can imagine, this is only the first of several bottlings to come, which in the trio’s intentions will follow at intervals of a few months, preferring individual releases to group ones (assuming that Brexit doesn’t get in the way).
And so let’s taste this youngster, an all-natural, high-alcohol product.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Soft profile on the nose, which on notes of cereals, peach, ripe apples, vanilla and honey grafts young wood and a subtle floral bouquet. In time, lemon cream and a slight acidic background presence. Very pleasant.
Youthful and lively on the palate, a hint of pepper teases a sweet and accepting spirit of yellow fruit (peach, apple, apricot), vanilla, marzipan, candyfloss, warm bread, drop of honey. Impression of pecans.
In the fairly long finish, the hint of freshly baked bread lingers in the mouth along with a touch of wood spice, honey, fruit and vanilla.
To expect complexity and layering from such a young whisky would be unfair, it does its job of entertaining very well creating a solid and enjoyable dram, well structured and with enough personality to get noticed.
Not a bad debut!
Reviews of whisky from Longmorn in the blog:
Valinch & Mallet Longmorn 12yo
Reviews of whisky from Milano Whisky Company in the blog:
Milano Whisky Company Glenrothes 11yo