Type: Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads and ex-Port first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Aceo Ltd.
Average price: € 65.00
Official website: www.murray-mcdavid.com
After a long time, I return to bottler Murray McDavid and its blends, which so far have always proved to be of the highest value.
Part of The Vatting series, made with the vatting of single malts from various parts of Scotland, this bottling is the result of a marriage of four ex-Bourbon hogshead casks and ex-first-fill Port casks, producing a total of two casks with which 786 bottles were filled.
Peated malts from 2011 bottled in 2019, for seven years of ageing in total using whiskies of undisclosed provenance.
Very young peated malts are a bit risky, but whisky can always provide surprises.
On the nose, the peat is vegetal with a distinct salty note, from grilled fish and fresh oysters, accompanied by olives in brine, fruit (pineapple, peach, dried apricot, raspberries), candied orange, liquorice, bergamot. Cinnamon and caramel complete the profile, with smoky notes softened by the sweetness of Port.
In the mouth the spicy, crisp and pungent charge increases, with a full body that presses on the fruity and sweet tones (caramel and candied fruit emerge strongly) to the detriment of the coastal part of the whisky. There’s a greater incidence of smoke, with woody tones, which carries a pleasant balsamic, almost mentholated note. The impression of cooked fruit, almost like compote (red fruits mainly), is dominant but well balanced by the peat.
The finish is quite long and dry, with light saline touches on caramel, cinnamon, red fruits and smoke.
A pleasant blend of Port and peat, where the fortified wine pushes with its exuberance at the risk of overwhelming the impressions, but manages to maintain a (precarious) balance that works and entertains. A longer ageing period would probably do it wonders, but you can’t really complain.