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CASK NO. 70.48

Espresso romano

€931.80
  • ABV 62.3%
  • Age 33 years
  • DISTILLED DATE 28/11/1989
  • CASK TYPE refill ex-bourbon barrel
  • REGION Highland
Back Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

We were transported to the Amalfi coast in Italy, sitting at an outside café as we enjoyed the warm sunshine and an espresso romano, combining a coffee shot with a candied lemon slice and a teaspoon of sugar. On the palate we had ordered balsamic peppered strawberries with vanilla-scented ricotta and cinnamon apple Turkish delight. After a drop of water, we enjoyed the aroma of a grappa riserva which has matured over 10 years in French wine and sherry casks. The taste had a spicy, fruity richness, next to candied lemons, brioche and pastry, with vanilla and almond notes in the long finish.

About The Vaults Collection

The Vaults Collection is a selection of the finest and rarest single cask, single malt whisky, set aside from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s most remarkable stocks over the years. They have been released from the depths of our treasure trove of casks, after decades of slow maturation and careful nurturing. The Vaults Collection represents the whisky lover’s dream: A chance to journey back into whisky history, including the opportunity to experience styles or distilleries that no longer exist. The Collection takes its name from the Society’s historical home at The Vaults in Leith, Scotland’s oldest commercial building in continuous use whose connection with the drinks world dates back to the 12th century. Each bottle has a specially designed label and is offered in a beautiful wooden box.

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No. 70.48: Espresso Romano, we were immediately transported to the Amalfi coast. Inspired by the Tasting Panel’s notes, we decided to go for a literal interpretation pairing an Espresso Romano with the Vaults Collection whisky of the same name. Then we took it a step further. With June being all about shaking things up, what better time to show off this new Vaults Collection release than in a summer cocktail?

Sacrilege? Not really, but certainly a little maverick – and that’s the way we like it. Some might argue that a 33-year-old Vaults Collection whisky should never go into a cocktail.

We say, ‘Why not?’ Everyone experiences flavour differently. Enjoy your whisky the way you like it. Equally, quality ingredients make a difference and within this context, using cask strength Society whisky of any age in a cocktail makes perfect sense.

If you’re still not convinced, head here for a deep-dive from spirits blogger Inka Larissa on how Society malts can bring extra texture and flavours to the forefront. The key is to work with other spirits, liqueurs and ingredients that show off and elevate the diverse flavours in your whisky.

With this in mind, Society ambassador Francesco Ramella from our Members’ Room at 28 Queen Street has created two serves to bring out different aspects of Cask No. 70.48: Espresso Romano. The first pairing is inspired straight from the Tasting Note: an Espresso Romano cocktail served with a dram of its namesake, Cask No. 70.48: Espresso Romano. The second is a cocktail called the Aperitivo in Trastevere. This serve is a different take on the Rob Roy, inspired by the Italian pre-dinner tradition of aperitivo.

Both serves play with the Highland spirit from distillery 70 in different ways. The coffee serve elevates the light fruity, floral aspects of whisky that has spent 33 years in a refill ex-bourbon barrel, while the cocktail is a nod to the elegantly balanced darker notes in the whisky.

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