Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry
Additional coloring: No
Owner: My Name Is Whisky
Price: € 600.00 on My Name Is Whisky
Official website: www.mynameiswhisky.com
The passion for whisky is difficult to explain to those who don’t share it, who often look on with scepticism, if not open mockery, at those who spend large sums of money on a single bottle or even a single dram.
But like all passions, this one knows no bounds, and above all it drives you to spread (a bit like a virus!) this unconditional love: sometimes by writing down your impressions, sometimes by becoming actor on the proscenium.
This is how Simon Paul Murat, whose roots are firmly planted in the world of art, decided to transpose his passion for whisky into a book that celebrates its history through the men who built it: a luxurious and elegant edition, with a format that recalls volumes of art (and it couldn’t be otherwise!), with interviews and images that will make the faint-hearted quiver.
But a book isn’t enough, and a couple of years later, in 2019, he launched the first bottling of the Capsule Collection series, dedicated to the faces that have made the history of whisky, starting with Giorgio D’Ambrosio, who is a true pillar of Italian whisky.
The arrival of Murat’s daughter, Francesca, and the release of the second bottling (dedicated to Mark Watt) in the summer of 2021, see the relaunch of the website and the whole project.
Let’s see this first bottling, a single cask of Mortlach from January 1997 bottled in October 2019 in 221 bottles, cask strength and au naturel.
It has an elegant, full-bodied nose, supported by notes of sultanas, nutmeg, cinnamon, apricot compote, candied orange peel, liquorice root and a touch of wood wax. It evokes the impression of antique fabrics and wood, between dusty and lived-in, like sitting on a sofa in the living room of a stately home and finding its vibrations in the glass. Slight sulphurous caress along its length.
It shakes off the dust on the palate, very dense, with a good whiff of chilli and cinnamon that introduces silky tones of blueberry, plum, dried apricot, bitter orange marmalade, liquorice root. Dry and with a slight salty trail in the background, where the alcohol content emerges in length with the reminiscence of a brandy. Almonds and walnuts on leather.
The finish is quite long and warm, slightly spicy, with nuts, chocolate, red fruits and leather.
If the My Name Is Whisky project aims to exalt the elegance of the distillate, the choice of this first bottling fully captures its spirit: persuasive, elegant, devoid of smears and with a restrained but pressing energy.
I’d just make a remark about the price, which is decidedly elitist but reflects the spirit of the entire project.