A 14-year-old Glen Moray, single malt Scotch whisky, from legendary Italian, independent bottler, Samaroli. Ex-bourbon cask #5857 was filled in 2007 and bottled in 2021, yielding just 310 bottles.
Samaroli say of this release, “The expression celebrates time – We can only say that in our profession time is the fundamental ingredient; as the sand flows in an hourglass, the elements and substances of our whiskey pass through the pores of the wood entering and exiting, the result of the interaction with the microclimate of Elgin County".
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: Classic, fresh, clean, straightforward, fragrant, mineral. Cereals, yeasts, salt, graphite, honey, grapes in alcohol.
Palate: In the mouth it explodes intense, persistent, snappy, muscular, young, caressing, savoury. The taste is surprising, since on the nose its character appeared less impetuous, less multifaceted, more silent, more reserved, more difficult to conquer and instead, now, it is given unexpected and generous.
Build in 1897, during the whisky boom, Glen Moray produces a soft spirit that works incredibly well with American oak. Under previous owner, Glenmorangie (subsequently LVMH), Glen Moray served as the group's budget malt; a function it continues to serve today for new owners La Martiniquaise, as well as being used heavily in their Label Five blend. However, it is in the world of IBs that Glen Moray really shines. Here, so often, Glen Moray's spirit is showcased, providing malty, fruity, buttery delights.
Samaroli is Italy's most revered independent bottler; indeed they are one of the most revered bottlers in the world. The company was founded in 1968 by Silvano S. Samaroli who initially was a spirits importer. However, within a decade Samaroli had become the first independent bottler of Scotch whisky, outside of the UK, in the world. In the 1980s Samaroli released a slate of whiskies that, due to their quality, whisky connoisseurs worldwide clamoured to procure. These 80s releases have since become truly legendary, fetching enormous sums of money when they pop up at auction. Some of the releases from this era are heralded as the best iterations of certain distilleries ever produced. Beyond just his phenomenal palate, Silvano was a pioneer in the world of whisky. He was one of the first bottlers to embrace the notion of cask strength whisky and was also one of the first in the industry to recognise the need for no-age statement (NAS) whiskies.
Silvano retained ownership of Samaroli until 2008, at which time Antonio Bleve took the reigns; however he remained closely connected to the business until his death in 2017. Today, Samaroli produce, in total, only 12,000 to 14,000 bottles of whisky annually.
- Single Malt