Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon hogshead
Added coloring: No
Owner: Dream Whisky
Average price: € 100.00
Official website: dreamwhisky.com
I continue the tasting of the new collection from the Milanese bottlers, with the second of the “seasonal” bottles of Metamorfosi, which has spent 14 years in a hogshead ex-Bourbon cask.
If you look at the labels, you will notice that the front label doesnt show the distillery of origin, which is only indicated on the back label for the sake of transparency: this is a precise choice to present their whiskies by highlighting their evocative capacities (represented in the beautiful illustrations) rather than the technical-informative aspect.
Straw yellow in the glass.
The nose is very fresh and light (so much for the alcohol content), rich in fruit (peach, pear, pineapple) and citrus notes (orange, grapefruit) with a hint of lemon, barley, sugar paste and a hint of vanilla. Hint of acetone in the background. To be obvious, I would say Spring-like.
A nice peppery hint greets the palate, enlivening a sweeter and more vanilla-like profile than on the nose with yellow fruit, melon, almonds and again a massive presence of lemon and grapefruit to sharpen the profile. A slight roughness of wood and leather is perceived at a distance.
The finish is long and astringent, with a sprinkling of white pepper on lemon, rhubarb and almond.
The name chosen is particularly apt, a whisky as fresh and crisp as a spring day with a few edges that make you turn up your collar. If whisky is evocation, this one is very much to the point.