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White Horse ‘Soffiantino Import’ (1970s, OB, 43,5%)

The White Horse is an iconic symbol and it can be found on several bottles of 70s single malts: just think of Lagavulin 12, to quote the most famous, or Glen Elgin, even a ceramic from Rosebank had the logo with a white horse. We would have to write a full history book to tell the White Horse saga at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century; a thing that we won’t going to do now (for the curious: here it is) Today we just drink this blended whisky from the 70s, imported by the Genoese company Soffiantino, that became a real cult object among the whisky geeks. There is definitely Lagavulin inside, and it is plausible that inside the blend we have even the legendary Malt Mill. We can only thank Simone, who opened a bottle instead of selling it at a high price and even decided to bring us a sample. How lucky are we?!

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N: will we ever get back all the complexity that immediately overwhelms us in mass market products like this? Very lively, with deep and silky notes of wax, earth, beeswax, sea pebbles; hints of old and minerals stuffs, like old paper, antique furniture, tea leaves. Surely there is some peat, but there is also much more: first of all clean, an intense and nice malty note that is just a scent of good whisky. On top of that, there is also a lot of ripe fruit (especially orange, yellow fruits, overripe apricots). A hint of rhubarb here and there.

P: compared to the nose, it’s a little more naked and less exuberant: we loose all the luxurious fruity richness here. However, the profile is still smooth, all on barley, mineral and sapid influences (still stones, we would say: we are greedy for stones, don’t you?); then wood, dried fruit (hazelnut) and a few slightly bitter honey.

F: long, quite persistent, a little salty, then notes of citrus fruits, cereals.

It looks like an old Clynelish! And you know well that is a great compliment… The evaluation, 88/100, depends on the fact that it has a 90-point nose, while the palate appears a little weak, probably weakened by the offenses of time. The profile remains, however, first class, with those old, mineral and waxy notes that – in all our honesty – makes us lose our mind. Priceless, thank you so much to Simone for the sample!

Recommended soundtrack: America – A horse with no name.

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