Origin: Isle of Mull (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Average price: € 229.00
Official website: www.valinchandmallet.com
Here I am with another new 2021 release from Anglo-Italian Valinch & Mallet, this time a bottle from the Lost Drams series with a particularly important ageing period.
The name on the label is Ledaig because that’s how it was indicated by the person who sold the cask to the two bottlers, but they themselves specify that, philologically, this whisky should be indicated as Tobermory, the “unpeated arm” of the same distillery, given also the clearly different profile from what one would expect given the name.
But in the end, does it really matter when you drink it?
A quarter of a century spent in this cask, with a 1995 distillate put into 236 bottles in 2020, as always cask strength and all natural.
Light gold in the glass.
It starts off fresh and herbaceous on the nose, with a crisp sea air blowing through the nostrils on a delicate profile of peach, pear, pecans, marzipan, orange peel, honey, lemon juice. A sweet and salty profile with a certain underlying waxy quality.
Dry and oily, the palate still reveals considerable strength despite its age, with a consistent pepperiness on a savoury and spicy profile (nutmeg, aniseed) that turns to tones of nuts, bitter orange, liquorice, lime with light balsamic hints. A drop of honey softens the flavours, over which a trickle of sea water continues to descend.
Long, dry finish that leaves the taste of salt on the lips, accompanied by hot wax, orange, lime, liquorice and balsamic touches.
A nice bitter-sweet balance, with that hint of marine freshness that stimulates the palate and promotes tasting. Solid and elegant, a fine example of an excellent (indeed) Tobermory.