A peated, cask strength, single malt Islay whisky from an undisclosed Islay distillery bottled under the Mac-Talla label from Morrison.
"Mac-Talla" trasnlates to "echo" in Scottish Gaelic and this 58.2% expression is an intense and muscular experience.
Matured in American oak, non-chill filtered and no added colour.
Oak Barrel Thoughts:
A touch more subdued, initially, than the 46% expression, the smoke is thick and brooding and takes a moment to open up from the neck-pour. Meaty and smouldering. Palate is mouth-coating and very approachable given the strength, the ABV shows as thickness rather than heat. Long and lingering on the finish, coastal but not salty, this will keep out the cold.
Official Tasting Notes:
Nose: Intense bonfire smoke with hints of citrus zest.
Palate: Smoked barbecue meat, charred oak and a long powerful finish. Intense and smoky for those adventurous palates.
Nose: Naked, raw, kilny. Visiting a malting plant while they're doing heavy peat. That's all this far. I mean, it's unusual to stumble upon a wee whisky that noses exactly like a handful of peated malted barley. With water: new tyres and plasticine for a wee while, then williams pears.
Mouth: (Neat) This is crystal. Lemon, brine and raw peat. With water: pears chiming in yet again. So lemon, pear, brine and raw peat.
Finish: Ashes, sardines, lemon curd, passion fruits (bingo) and oysters. Mezcal in the aftertaste. Comments: immaculate and brilliant, very impressive. What's more, given that this ought to be very young, all batches should be pretty similar. A no-brainer, I'm almost floored. Almost.
Morrison is a well-established house in Scotch whisky and are home to the Carn Mor single cask series, Mac-Talla Islay single malt, Old Perth sherry-cask blended malt and Bruadar whisky liqueur.
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