Samaroli No Age Declared, Cuvée 2006 /45%/ –
For most of us the Samaroli label guarantees whisky of the finest quality. Silvano Samaroli entered whisky business in 1968 and focused on bottling exceptional single casks of single malts. Pretty often, after selecting a cask, the company transfered its content to a different type of wood to shift the style of whisky further away from any officially bottled expressions. Here we have a rare example of Samaroli blended malt whisky, Cuvée 2006 No Age Declared. It comprises whiskies aged between 15 and 48 years in carefully selected ex-sherry casks. Only 774 bottles were produced.
Nose: very complex, forest floor, pine resin, moist hay, dried herbs, dark chocolate, prunes, baked plantains, oak, hints of leather and peat.
Palate: elegant and perfectly balanced, prunes, red currants, pomegranate, licorice, pepper, touch of aniseed, nutmeg, tobacco, leather and very pleasant oaky bitterness.
Finish: long and pleasantly bitter, with strong oaky and herbal notes, dried fruit and dash of pepper.