For the second release in MMM’s Artist Series Manny and I returned to Orkney. You may remember our Orkney 2002 that we released two years ago in our Antarctica Series. Well, we found a cask that, in our not so humble opinion, is even better! So we could not just leave it. On the label you’ll find another beautiful painting from Nathalie Pien with the resounding title ‘Deadly Valentine, Destructive Seduction’.
Wonderful nose on toffee apples, vanilla, apricots, papaya, mango and candied orange peel. Sounds like a tropical island, but no… we are on Orkney. Lovely notes of heather and soft peat in the background. Discrete and elegant, contrary to the lady on the label. She is extravert and sexy. We gladly forgive her. Furthermore, some dunnage warehouse with earthen floor. Lightly burnt caramel. Top nose!
Lovely oily on the palate, almost creamy. Nicely sweet on yellow fruit – mostly apricots and peach – and immediately spic on nutmeg an ginger… But then the peat explodes. Delicious smokiness. No holds barred. Valentine seduces the taste buds and there is no escape. This is marvellous.
The irresistible, sweet, warm and spicy finish lingers for a very long time!
There is two sides to this coin. On the one hand, it’s one of the best whisky’s we’ve bottled so far, on the other that is raising the bar, innit? But we are head over heels for this malt.