Antica Casa Marchesi Spinola raises question about Italian contribution to the current state of the Scotch whisky market.
Let’s bring the name of Silvano Samaroli, unquestionable pioneer of single malt whisky, who as early as 1968 started offering single cask expressions, often at natural strength, approach unknown those days even to Scottish bottlers such as Gordon & MacPhail or Douglas Laing & Co. Gradually more Italian companies would follow the path, just to mention Sestante, Silver Seal or Moon Import, setting the highest standards for barrels’ selection. If we look today at whisky auctions, Italian bottlings are scoring record high prices and are cherished by collectors. The Collection No.1 of Antica Casa Marchesi Spinola consists of six extremely rare single malts was launched in 1990. It is a true jewel in any collection, an investment grade whisky with a tremendous potential.
§ Glenlossie 1973 aged in sherry wood for 17 years, is a big chocolaty malt, full of raisins and dried fruits, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg;
§ Glen Gordon 1974, we strongly believe this one comes from the Macallan distillery, spent 15 years in sherry casks and offers sweet fruity notes of apples and pineapples balanced with dried herbs and oak tannins;
§ Tomatin 1968, a 21 years old whisky loaded with ripe berries, with hints of mint and aniseed and delicate oaky bitterness;
§ Longmorn 1971, a wonderful Speysider aged in sherry wood for 18 years, full of honey and nuts, raisins, with touch of dried porcinis and dash of mixed dried herbs;
§ Miltonduff 1966, another Speysider and the oldest whisky in the Collection, a sherry bomb full of dried fruits – apricots, pears, prunes and raisins, mixed herbs and beautifully integrated oaky bitterness;
§ Port Ellen 1974, 15 years old whisky from the legendary Islay distillery, which ceased operations in 1983, lovely combination of fruity sweetness, peat smoke and sea breeze.