Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry Oloroso hogshead
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Average price: € 100.00
Official website: www.valinchandmallet.com
The last bottle in the fourth series of The Spirit of Art, where the whimsical labels created by the artist Laurina Paperina fully illustrate the spirit of this The Peat(y)ful Pack Madness, an unconventional project that has offered us a journey into peat declined in clearly different profiles.
And we conclude by arriving in the Highlands (or more precisely in Speyside) with one of the few distilleries in the area to produce peated whiskies, Ardmore, whose independent versions have so far given us great satisfaction.
A single cask ex-Sherry from 2009 that in 2021 produced 338 bottles at cask strength, with the illustration showing a red cat, the incarnation of Davide Romano. The cask is from Faraon sherry, already known from other V&M bottlings.
The first impression on the nose is of smoked blue cheese, an intense aroma of mould and burnt hay, and a little of Gorgonzola and walnuts, with vinous veins which, remaining in the dairy mood, recall certain drunken cheeses. Undertones of milk chocolate, sultanas, very ripe red fruits (cherries, blueberries). Stinky with style.
In the mouth the Sherry takes over the palate with a profusion of sultanas, sour cherries, ripe figs and a certain tannic astringency, with a pronounced presence of alcohol together with spicy touches of nutmeg. Smoke evident on the length, on the back, on a rather full and oily body, sweet and rough at the same time, of very ripe fruit, dry wood and a memory of sacher torte.
Quite long and dry finish, of mellow smoke, red fruits, chocolate.
Magnificent nose in full accord with the distillery’s tradition, a pity not to find it completely on the palate, which reveals itself to be less disruptive and more monotonous, while remaining interesting and pleasant.