Blended malt Scotch whisky – 43% ABV
My dirty little not-so-secret secret is that of all the independent bottlers out there, Samaroli is my favorite (albeit a bit on the expensive side here in the US). Everything they do is quite intentional, and as an independent bottler myself, I find them to be inspiring.
When I saw this blended malt bottled at 43% I was intrigued to say the least. Usually, I’m am turned right off at 43%, especially when it comes to independently bottled whiskies. However, this is Samaroli. I love them. Plus, the combination of Glentauchers & BenRiach is quite intriguing.
The age is listed at 19 years old which will be the youngest whisky in the mix. I am not sure which one is 19 years old, and how old the other malt is.
Let’s just dive right in:
On the nose — Oh, wow. Ok. So, how do I jam my nose event further into the glass? Seriously, this one, dram # 3 in the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar, has the best nose yet. I’m not sure where to begin. (at the beginning maybe?) Sweet diluted honey, baklava, gobs and gobs of malt, a fresh spring morning, rain on sarsaparilla leaves, a clear spring, honeycomb. Oak is present for sure and it gives you that “I’m an older whisky” note. Sweet chamomile tea. Lovely, simply elegant and loverly.
In the mouth — The mouth is an exact replica of what I go on the nose with the addition of spice on the side of the tongue. I will say, the entry was a bit weak and would likely benefit from being 46%…
Finish — The finish is where it’s at. The building of spice combined with the honey and oak make for a great and lengthy crescendo.
In sum — If the ABV were slightly higher, this one could have qualified for being in my top ten drams of 2015. It was that good. ‘Nuff said.