Provenance: Isle of Mull (Scotl
and)Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whi
0.7%Aging barrel: Ex bourbon hogshead Co
ld filtered: No Add
itional coloring: NoProp
erties: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Price: € 229.00 on Whisky Italy
O official website: http://www.valinchandmallet.com/
Here I am with another new release of 2021 for the Anglo-Italian Valinch & Mallet, this time a bottle belonging to the lost drams series with a particularly important aging.
The name on the label is Ledaig because this is how it was indicated by those who sold the barrel to the two bottlers, but they themselves point out that, philologically, this whisky should be referred to as Tobermory, the “un peat arm” of the same distillery, given also the distinctly different profile from what you would expect given the name.
But in the end, does it really matter to know when you drink?
A quarter of a century spent in this barrel, with a 1995 distillate put in 236 bottles in 2020, as always at full degree and all natural.
Light gold in the glass.
It begins fresh and herbaceous on the nose, with a sparkling sea air that blows between the nostrils on a delicate profile of peach, pecan, pecans, marzipan, orange peel, honey, lemon juice. A sweet and salty profile with a certain background patchiness.
Dry and oily, on the palate it still reveals a remarkable strength despite age, with a consistent peppering on a savory and spicy profile (nutmeg, anise) that turns on shades of nuts, bitter orange, licorice, lime with light balsamic scents. Drop of honey to soften the flavors, on which a stream of seawater continues to descend.
Long and dry finish that leaves on the lips the taste of salt, accompanied by hot wax, orange, lime, licorice, balsamic touches.
A beautiful sweet/bitter balance, with that hint of marine freshness that stimulates the palate and promotes tasting. Solid and elegant, a nice example of great (actually) Tobermory.
More from Valinch & Mallet in the blog:
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 19yo
Valinch & Mallet Caol Ila 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Caperdonich 20yo
Valinch & Mallet Highland Malt 24yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Longmorn 12yo
Valinch & Mallet Macduff 14yo