Welcome back whisky pilgrims.
Day 3 and we are still riding the Speyside train.
Today’s offering is from Italian Independent bottlers Samaroli. Rarely bottling at cask strength Samaroli prefer to define their take on the perfect balance for any cask.
Whisky: “Samaroli Spey” 1993 21 yo single malt
*Single Cask Number 1974 – American Oak – 45% non chill-filtered*
Cragganmore is a Speyside Distillery established in 1869. The site had a plentiful supply of fresh water flowing down nearby Craggan Mor.
Seen as part of the Classic Malts range as the Speyside expression, Cragganmore has become a standard for many Single Malt enthusiasts.
Samaroli 1993 Spey 21yo
Colour: Polished 14 carat gold
Nose: Full floral character, like sticking your face into a big bouquet of lavender and orange blossom
Taste: Sweet wildflower honey with a palate freshening spearmint and a touch of salted butter.
Finish: Delicate yet complex this is one lovely whisky and continues to gently evolve on the palate weaving continued sweet floral flourishes (say that 5 times fast).
21 years in American Oak have molded this whisky into a balanced beauty. What other drink can marry sweet floral notes with time induced complexities and still retain fresh and sparkling flavors.
Water: Seemed perfect as is…
**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.
After 3 days of Speyside we have already seen a huge diversity of flavors across different barrel choices, distilleries and alcohol volume influences. Speyside is the largest whisky region in terms of distillery count for a good reason. If you are not already convinced about why whisky is truly amazing we still have 21 more days to break you down.
I don’t want to spoil any surprises but tomorrow the Scotland whisky tour moves on from Speyside. Grab your lifejacket as we jump on the ferry and head to ………
For those that absolutely adored this delicate and lovely Cragganmore from Samaroli the following retailers will be happy to help you out with one of the 30 bottles available.
See you all on day 4 …