Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Sherry Hogshead
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Average price: € 179.00
Official website: www.valinchandmallet.com
I take up the refined The Spirit of Art Limited Edition collection of the two Italian bottlers, with a bottle that will surely attract the attention of many enthusiasts, given the interest that the Islay distillery captures among them.
Single barrel ex-Sherry, which produced 312 bottles, made with a distillate of 2001 bottled in 2020.
The magnificent picture of a turbulent landscape, granted by the Craig Gallery of Turin, is the work of Oscar Isaias Contreras Rojas.
Dark amber in the glass.
Elegantly dry and silky, the nose is presented with dried fruit (figs, plums) and tobacco, candied orange, raisins, nutmeg, licorice, wood chips, coffee, bitter cocoa powder. Rich and compact, over time it increases spicy tones, becoming even more enveloping and warm.
On the palate it’s an infusion of cigars, a triumph of bright tobacco and berries, licorice root, touch of anise, red orange, pine needles. It evokes a walk in a pine forest, savoring a good Italian cigar.
Long finish that continues the impression of cigar with wooded scents, licorice, spices, coffee.
For a non-smoker it may be difficult to fully appreciate its nuances, but there is such a richness and fullness of flavors that a peat lover can only delight in it for long. Three-dimensional and complete, very fulfilling.
Other bottlings in the blog:
Bruichladdich 10yo (1980’s)
Cadenhead’s Bruichladdich 22yo
Chorlton Whisky Lochindaal 12yo
Octomore 10yo 3rd Edition
Port Charlotte 10yo Heavily Peated
Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2011
Port Charlotte MC: 01 2009
Port Charlotte OLC:01 2010
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
More from Valinch & Mallet in the blog:
Valinch & Mallet Aultmore 9yo
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 15yo Madeira Cask
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Valinch & Mallet Caol Ila 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Caperdonich 20yo
Valinch & Mallet Dufftown 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Heaven Hill 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Highland Malt 24yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 25yo
Valinch & Mallet Longmorn 12yo
Valinch & Mallet Macduff 14yo
Valinch & Mallet Royal Brackla 13yo