By Roger Tan @maltcircle - I love the way the light dramatically changes at sunset....
Together with the low tide this gives way to contrast rich textures in the sea and the sand. I also caught the setting sun reflected in this bottle by independent bottler Morrison and Mackay.
And after all this setting up of the photo of course I also tried three good different drams of Morrisson&Mackay!
I had the opportunity to taste 3 different whiskies bottled by independent Morrison & Mackay. I admire independent bottlers, they can often really surprise you with nice bottles that are different from what the original distillery has to give.
My notes are here, I’m curious to hear what you think of them! Cheers! - Roger
If you’re not familiar with independents; they buy their casks with whisky from Scottish distilleries, sometimes let them mature even further or add an extra layer of flavour by maturing it in another type of cask. Then the whisky is bottled and marketed under their own name.
For these whiskies Morrison & Mackay has chosen the angle of letting you taste the characteristics of different regions of Scotland. My notes are here, I’m curious to hear what you think of them!
The Big Strand is a characteristic Islay whisky with an exceptionally light colour, like white wine. A bit young perhaps, with a strong peat on the nose. Insiders know the casks for this whisky stem from Caol Ila, and the taste profile matches this. It also reminds me of the Ardbeg 10, another whisky I really like.
Leave it in the glass for 15 minutes then the initial overwhelming peat is more subdued making more way for the other aroma’s, I get nice caramel sweetness and fresh lemon. The finish is smokey but a bit short.
I found this pale gold coloured whisky to be very pleasant. Nosing it I’m attacked by a sweet scent, like candy floss, maybe some maple syrup. Tasting this the sweetness is clearly continued, now more like milk chocolate.
Although bottled at 46% abv it is a very smooth dram with a lot of flavour, always a difficult balance to strike.
The finish is medium long, with some cacao notes lingering, nicely in line with the nosing and tasting.