Second and third were close enough to be a tie. The boys at Duncan Taylor brought along an 18yr old Jura Single Malt that was incredible. Loads of baking spice and honey with just the right amount of smoke and sea air to make it interesting and not take away from the malt. Last but certainly not least is a newcomer to the US market. Samaroli is an Italian independent bottler of Single malt whisky that recently launched a line of incredibly pure and memorable malts. The flagship is a blend of 18 different single malt whiskies called “Evolution 2011.” This vatted malt is composed of single malts from as far back as 1957 to 1989 and from distilleries such as Bowmore, Glenlivet and Bunnahabhain. The result is a rich concentrated nose of barrel age, baked apple and fig compote. Intense but delicate, spicy and slightly smoky. I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot more “great stuff” from these guys.
Sales Director / Spirits Buyer