"Unfamiliar territory for me with this Glen Scotia from Samaroli, which has interesting notes in the nose and palate that I have not encountered so far"
Samaroli has quite a legendary status among whisky enthusiasts with rare (often expensive) bottlings that more than often belong to a high class of whisky. The Italian independent bottler was founded by Silvano Samaroli, who unfortunatley died last year at an age of 77, in 1968 and was among the first to release cask strength versions of single malts in the 1980s. The greatly artistic bottle labels also had a great influence on many of the current label designers. Moreover, Samaroli believed in further aging of the whisky in the bottle, which is also stated on the back of each bottle. We were lucky to have one of his bottling during the blind tasting competition, which was from the Campbeltown distillery of Glen Scotia. I think I never tasted anything both from Samaroli or Glen Scotia, so this could be double interesting (of course I didn’t know that during the tasting itself).
There is sherry, which is accompanied by plastic. Very weird stuff, this!? The alcohol is also very penetrant. Leather, Oloroso sherry, old magazines, clear notes of liquorice, salt liquorice, because there is something coastal hanging around. The alcohol becomes better, so let this benefits from letting it breathe for a while. Salty raisins, interior of a new car, you know a fancy one, and many other notes I cannot directly put my finger on. This is very funky, and reminds me of some of the independently bottled rums, you the funkiness. I can also imagine this is not for everyone. All kinds of liquors or bitters that I never tasted, cough sirup, strong herbal tea, mint chocolate. I must say at first I didn’t like it, probably because I am not really used to this style, but now I think this has really got class. Really good choice for the blind tasting competition!
Sherry, kinda dirty, nuts, sherry concentrate, reduced fig sauce, plums-on-armagnac. I must say the palate is way better than the nose. I think this could really be old-school. The alcohol also feel much less here. Licking a old leather seat, really good Oloroso sherry (well I never had that really), a mix of sweet and salty Dutch liquorice. If you give this a chance, it pays you back, for sure. After a while, I get all kinds of herbs (rosemary, sage, dragon, mint), maybe even some chicken soup. Finish is quite long with in particular Ricola herbal tea, Anta Flu cough sweets and again mint chocolate. Brings back memories.
I think this is one of the most interesting samples that I tasted so far. Probably not the best, although it is very good, but these particular unfamiliar notes bring a welcome expansion of my whisky universe. I had no idea where to look, so I finally went for something from Edradour, because of the weird notes. Well, thanks for the experience Norbert!
This sample was part of the
• these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •