Friday, March 14, 2014

New shipment of Samaroli has arrived

SAMAROLI - very rare scotches

"This was the first time independent bottler Samaroli was at WhiskyFest. Indeed, they are only now being imported to the U.S. I tasted a few of their offerings and really enjoyed them. I look forward to tasting more of their whiskies in the future....People will discover Samaroli here in the U.S. And next year, that table will be more crowded for sure." -- What does John Know? The Malt Advocate

Info about Silvano Samaroli

Born in Bologna seventy years ago, Silvano Samaroli, has been selecting and bottling the world’s greatest whiskies since 1968. At that time he was the only non-British or non-Scottish person doing this type of work. His story is based on the gamble he took, a chance taken rather recklessly but with great determination and almost maniacal perfectionism. Selecting great malts means drinking sample after sample, a thing that is anything but easy to do. Many whiskies are cask strength, so can easily exceed 50° abv and, above all, in-depth knowledge of the very complicated world of Scottish malt distilleries is indispensable. Silvano Samaroli is now famous and esteemed and selects samples sent to him from all the most important distilleries; small bottles, each of which comes from a specific cask; Samaroli chooses the cask and has it bottled with his own labels.

We sold through 30 bottles of the 2011, the 2013 just arrived -
Only 610 bottles made of this one!

12 bottles in stock now!
2013 Samaroli Evolution Multi Vintage Pure Malt Top Class...$279.99
90 proof
Notes: A harmonious vatting of whiskies aged from ten to over forty years in special sherry and oak casks, produced exclusively by Scotland’s last artisan distilleries, which still use the same procedure as a hundred years ago. NoAge is the only whisky for which the reduction of original alcohol lasts for no less than twelve months, as was the custom in the 19th century. All the batches are re-blended every two-three months. A small percentage of water is added to it, so that it is gradually absorbed by the whisky’s various organoleptic components. This practice has been abandoned by everyone else, as it was too expensive. NoAge does not undergo artificial colouring, nor is it submitted to chill filtration, which could remove its original components and natural aromas.

Samaroli Bunnahabhain 1990....$189.99
80 poof
Duration And Aging Method: Very penetrating refined bouquet. Impetuous but at the same time clear. Mature but lively. Hard and also smooth, clean and at the same time ample. Has great character.As deep as the oceanPowerful - doesn’t pass unnoticed.

Bunnahabhain stands on the shores of the Sound of Islay, which separates Islay from Jura on the east. The ship that seems to be waiting to unload malt has been there since 1974, when it ran aground on the rocks. Tourists once bought Bunnahabhain (‘Boon-a-havn’) almost by mistake. For a certain period it was the top selling brand at the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre in Edinburgh. It is one of the soft Islay malts, founded in 1881 – the same year as Bruichladdich – and for the same reason: to meet the rising demand for whisky for the blending industry. Due to the isolated nature of the zone, the first owners had to build roads, houses and grocery shops for the distillery workers, as well as a school for their children. Bunnahabhain became an example of a self-sufficient community. The malt whiskies produced on the isle of Islay are generally phenolic, pungent and salty; since 1883, Bunnahabhain has contradicted this commonplace, having always produced a smooth almost winey whisky, with an impressive constancy and regularity. A few years after the construction of Bunnahabhain, the owners joined up with two other distilleries, forming Highland Distilleries. Closed for a short period in the early eighties and re-opened almost immediately, since 1963 has two pairs of stills.

Samaroli Linkwood Top Class 1983....$299.99
90 proof
Notes: Elegant but with character. Harmonically complex bouquet with the typical elements of Speyside malts, such as honey, ether, pears and vanilla at the finish. Well balanced. A whisky of days gone by.

Built in 1821 by Peter Brown when whisky was still more or less illegal, began actual production in 1825. The records show that Peter Brown ran the distillery until his death in 1868. The distillery was entirely rebuilt in 1873 and again in 1963, with the refurbishment keeping part of the water-powered machinery. It is now owned by Diageo and runs two distilleries alongside each other. It has always had unusually large stills. Its magnificent spirit stills produce one of the most fragrant Speyside single malts. 

Samaroli Caol Ila Top Class 1980....$319.99
90 proof
Fermentation Method: Caol Ila matured for 31 years in casks: a truly selection. Predominant medicinal and iodine nose, but nevertheless well amalgamated in an overall aromatic structure that supports and accompanies it. Medicinal herbs, vanilla, leather and liquorice in the background complete the expression. Remarkably persistent on the palate, where the typical Islay saltiness predominates.

Caol Ila (Gaelic for “Sound of Islay” and pronounced Cool EELA) was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. The distillery was not successful and in 1854 changed hands, when it was bought by Norman Buchanan, owner of the Isle of Jura Distillery. In 1863 the company was bought by Bulloch Lade & Co. of Glasgow and since 1880 over 147,000 litres of whisky have been produced every year. After various other changes in ownership, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. purchased 100% of the company in 1930. Closed during World War II, production continued afterwards until 1972, when the entire distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the original architectural style and production began again in 1974.

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