Day 6 dawns as we are almost a week into the 4th edition already. Time for us to taste something from one of my favorite independent bottlers on earth Samaroli. I have to at this stage share my sympathies for the Samaroli family at the passing of Silvano earlier this year. Silvano was a living legend in the Scotch Whisky industry and was widely regarded as having one of the best whisky palates in the world. I wish that I had the opportunity to meet Silvano and talk whisky with him as I know we would have been kindred spirits. The Samaroli legacy is in great hands with the Bleve family and Antonio who has been the passion behind keeping the Samaroli quality and name burning bright.
The distillery in question today is Glenallachie. Founded in 1967, closed in 1985 and reopened in 1989 it was sold in 2017 and is now owned by Glenallachie Distillers Company Limited. One of the new owners is Billy Walker formally owner of Benriach and Glenglassaugh distilleries. Glenallachie is in Speyside at the foot of Ben Nevis (Scotland’s highest peak).
Samaroli Glenallachie 8 Year Old – 43% ABV non chill filtered, natural colour and distilled in 2009. Cask number 900331 American oak hogshead.
Colour: Another light looking whisky that could easily be mistaken for Pinot Gris.
Nose: Pear Blossoms, Cotton Candy and a touch of marzipan.
Palate: Poached pear dusted with just a hint of chili and vanilla bean.
Finish: Delicate as is Samaroli’s way but lingering persistent ripe pear and vanilla.
This is a sensationally delicate dram from Samaroli for only 8 years old. Samaroli upon buying this cask re-racked it into new American Oak and the result is delicious. It can take a while for your palate to come full circle and really appreciate the delicate side of Scotch Whisky but believe me its worth it and Samaroli can help you get there. May Silvano’s legacy live on for generations to come.
On Day 6 in the third edition we had the Ainneamh 18 Year Old Speyside Single Malt.
Please head over to Scotch Trooper to see what those little guys are up to.
Tomorrow we are tasting something unique from the Ainneamh independent bottler (pronounced Any oov). If you like sherry casks then you will be a happy camper as you pop open your day 7 door.
As always if you are interested in any of these full sized bottles please email me and we will get you on the list.
Until tomorrow stay warm and drink hearty.