The Mac-Talla series of Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers is still relatively new. But the range of Islay single malts has since grown to 4 different editions, namely the Terra, Mara (which I have reviewed before), Strata, and the most recent addition: a limited edition that has matured in red wine casks. However, today we will focus solely on the Mac-Talla Strata.
There are some differences compared to the other two in the standard range, as the Strata is the only one with an age statement. It is, in fact, 15 years old and, therefore, (well, probably) significantly older than Mara and Terra. In addition, it’s not fully matured in bourbon casks but also contains about 10% – 15% from Oloroso casks. I’m very curious how this compares to the Mac-Talla Mara. So let’s see what this one has to offer.
This Mac-Talla is bottled at 46% ABV.
Mac-Talla Strata tasting notes:
Nose: a nice bonfire smoke. A touch of brine and seaweed, but also a hint of seashells. This is followed by a light citrus note. Later also blueberries and a drop of acacia honey.
Taste: a rather creamy mouthfeel, which goes towards creme brulee and milk chocolate at first. Then bonfire smoke again. A salty note. Honey and that very same citrus note but more into the back. It’s a little herbal too, reminding me of thyme.
Finish: lingering with warming spices such as black pepper and nutmeg. The bonfire smoke is here as well, but also that herbal note with a bit of thyme and licorice.
Tasty is the word that first comes to mind. It is less rough than Mara and creamier too. There is some sherry influence. Nothing too much, but well balanced with the bourbon casks. The creamy mouthfeel finishes it off nicely—all in all, a rather pleasant Islay single malt.
Bottle provided by Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.