Mac-Talla Terra and Mara - Two new Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

Morrison presents a new product line


With the two bottlings Mac-Talla Terra and Mac-Talla Mara, the Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers company introduces a new whisky brand. It is a peated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky that is neither coloured nor chill filtered.

Until October 2020 Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers operated as Morrison & Mackay. They are known for their Carn Mor whiskys and the Old Perth. The name Morrison has been synonymous with whisky in Scotland for five generations and is also well known on Islay. It is closely linked to a distillery there. However, it is not communicated at what distillery the Mac-Talla Single Malt Whisky is produced.

Mac-Talla stands for “echo” in Gaelic and is intended to reflect the close connection between the Morrison family and Islay, the press release reports. The names Terra (earth) and Mara (sea) refer to the formative elements of the island. The whisky for both bottlings was matured in ex-Bourbon barrels. Terra was bottled at 46% ABV, Mara at 58.2% ABV. Both don’t show an age statement.

Official tasting notes of the Ma-Talla Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

Terra Classic Islay

A lot of peat on the nose, freshly burned campfire, with light citrus notes, the sweetness of quince and a bit of pepper. A lot of smoke and peat on the palate, then a nice malty sweetness and some fresh oak notes. Alcohol hardly noticeable. Medium finish, peat, malt candy and oak.

Mara Cask Strength

Heavy peat and the smell of campfire embers fill your nose. Fresh notes of citrus and freshly ground black pepper. On the palate a flood of peat and salty smoke, which meets a malty sweetness. The alcohol is very well integrated, the finish is clearly long with a strong peaty note and spicy oak.

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