Samaroli
Islay 2018 Ed.
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

$350.00

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This special bottling from Samaroli is the 2018 Edition of the Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Although the bottle has no age statement, Antonio Bleve tells me this is a bottle of a 2011 Caol Ila that went into Koval cask – 1st fill Four Grain. This adds to the richness and depth which is present.

Nose: Balanced and restrained on the nose – there is peat, but it’s not a powerhouse. A lovely nutty, buttery, nougat like quality underlines those higher toners.

Palate: Here we see some wonderful flavours unravel. Juicy fruits, hazelnut, marzipan and spice ripple thought the palate while smoke and peat add a nice backdrop. The salt and brine linger on the finish making for a very pleasurable dram.

Production: 354 bottles

ABV: 43%

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Samaroli is an Italian independent bottling company and the first outside the United Kingdom. Their focus is on bottling exceptional Scotch whisky and Caribbean rums. The name Samaroli has become synonymous to whisky enthusiasts due to rarity, legend and immense beauty, both organoleptic and aesthetic. The company – originally founded by Silvano S Samaroli – was one of the first dedicated bottlers to actively promote cask strength whisky, and is still one of the only ones to tout the beneficial effects of bottle ageing with the much-loved line on the rear labels: ‘Further matures in its bottle’.

Throughout its 1980s heyday Samaroli released dozens of bottlings which are now considered 'legends’ and are fought over tooth and nail whenever they appear at auction. The artistry of the labels has also proved influential over the years with numerous bottlers taking inspiration from Samaroli’s elegant and artistic style.

Founded in 1968 in Rome, Italy, Samaroli was first and foremost an importer for the first decade of its existence. The first series, a specially-labelled set of dumpy Cadenhead bottlings, was released in 1979, followed by the ‘Flowers’ series shortly after in 1981.

During the early 1980s Samaroli began to source more individual releases directly from Cadenhead. Bottlings at cask strength began to appear, early examples being the Glen Grant 1969 and the Glen Garioch 1971.

By the late 1980s the majority of bottlings were at cask strength. As the 1990s wore on Samaroli sourced its stocks from a more diverse range of sources and bottlings began to slow a little around the early 2000s as demand for aged stocks of whisky began to increase.

In 2008 the day-to-day running of the company was taken over from Silvan Samaroli by Antonio Bleve, although Samaroli maintained an active role in the business right up until his death in February 2017. The company continues to bottle artistically striking, exceptional quality whiskies and I am extremely proud to be offering these to you as the exclusive importer into Australia.

Description

Review

This special bottling from Samaroli is the 2018 Edition of the Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Although the bottle has no age statement, Antonio Bleve tells me this is a bottle of a 2011 Caol Ila that went into Koval cask – 1st fill Four Grain. This adds to the richness and depth which is present.

Nose: Balanced and restrained on the nose – there is peat, but it’s not a powerhouse. A lovely nutty, buttery, nougat like quality underlines those higher toners.

Palate: Here we see some wonderful flavours unravel. Juicy fruits, hazelnut, marzipan and spice ripple thought the palate while smoke and peat add a nice backdrop. The salt and brine linger on the finish making for a very pleasurable dram.

Production: 354 bottles

ABV: 43%

Sebastian Crowther MS