Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon first fill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Morisco Spirits
Price: € 95.00 on Morisco Spirits
Official website: moriscospirits.com
Andrea Morisco returns with a new bottling, presented at the last Roma Whisky Festival, and inaugurates a new series, the Marble Collection, where the labels are inspired by the marble floors of some Italian medieval churches: in this case, the choice fell on Salerno Cathedral.
The bottler’s artistic background has never failed to influence his aesthetic choices, which are never banal and always refined, and this theme promises great wonders.
But we care about what’s in the bottle, right?
A single cask at cask strength from a distillery that is not exactly well known, a bold choice by Morisco to open a new collection, and only 90 bottles produced.
A triumph of fruit on the nose, with peach, green melon, pear, pineapple and lychees playing in a pool of sweetened lemon juice. A lifebelt of cereal and nut bread floats by, with vanilla berries to cling to and a faint hint of honey to rub in to protect from the sun. The water metaphor got a little out of hand, but overall it is fresh and inviting.
In the mouth it becomes softer and warmer, oily, in the form of a creamy white chocolate spread, vanilla, honey, green tea, with fruit in the background and an almost vinous streak of acidity. A light touch of aniseed and a grassy background complete the picture.
The finish is quite long with herbaceous and floral traits, alternating sweetness and bitter tones.
A straightforward whisky, never boring and quite drinkable, not exactly a monster of complexity but perhaps precisely for this reason lovable and ready to drink. Because even in simplicity one needs skilful care.