This week I was invited to an exclusive tasting with Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky at TT Liquor/Shoreditch. The tasting took place in their amazing rooftop bar. We tasted 3 expressions from the distillery as well as some cocktails prepared with Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky and delicious BBQ bites paired with the line up. Before move on the my tasting note, first let’s briefly take a look at Morris brand.
About Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky:
Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky is owned by The Morris Family Winery which is located in the small town of Rutherglen in northeast Victoria, Australia. The family’s history goes back all the way back to 1859. The distillery however was built quite recently, in 2016 around an original copper still built in the 1930s and installed at the winery in 1941.
Morris is truly an Australian whisky, using local grain, local barley, local water and most importantly their very own barrels that use in their winery, they claim to be some of the oldest barrels in Australia. They aim to create a definition of what an Australian whisky by producing a true single malt for the whisky drinkers everywhere.
Now let’s see how their whiskies taste like…
Morris Signature Australian Single Malt (40%)
The Signature expression of the distillery, Morris Signature Australian Single Malt made with 100% local barley and distilled in traditional copper pot stills before aged approximately 3-4 years in Morris Winery’s fortified wine barrels.
Nose: Starts quite fruity and floral with apples, pears, cherries and biscuity notes. Followed by honey, cereal and chocolate. Quite approachable.
Palate: Dark cherry, dried fruit, caramel, chocolate and marmalade jam. Followed by some wood spices and orange zest. Balanced and well rounded.
Finish: A medium long finish with dried fruit, oak and spices.
A very approachable, well rounded and fruity Single Malt from the distillery. In a blind tasting it would be impossible to predict this one is a 3-4 years old whisky, just incredible.
Price at the time of tasting: £53.25 – Available on Whisky Exchange
Morris Australian Single Malt Muscat Barrel (46%)
Morris Australian Single Malt Muscat Barrel is aged in a combination of French and American oak ex-wine barrels and finished in Morris Muscat barrels before bottled at 46% abv.
Nose: Notes of rich dark fruits, caramel, dark chocolate, malt and Coca-Cola jellies with some spiciness. Quite sweet and aromatic.
Palate: Dark fruits and dried fruits with vanilla, malt and sweet spices. Followed by strong woody notes and dryness. There is a little spice kick at the end.
Finish: A short-medium long finish with sweet spices, oak and malt.
Morris Australian Single Malt Muscat Barrel offers some strong and aromatic aromas thanks to Morris’s delicious Muscat barrels. I quite enjoyed the nose, however I found it a little sharp and young at the palate and finish.
Price at the time of tasting: £76.25 – Available on Whisky Exchange
Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel (48%)
Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel is aged in predominately French oak ex-red wine casks and finished in barrels that have held winery’s award-winning 15 year old Morris Cellar Reserve Grand Topaque (Tokay).
which displays intense flavours of toffee, mocha, and soft caramel with a generous mid palate.
Nose: Start sweet and fresh with notes banana, apple and pear. Followed by malt, caramel and toasted oak. Well-balanced and soft.
Palate: Similar with the nose, palate offers some fresh fruits packed with malt, chocolate, toffee and oak. Aromatic and creamy.
Finish: A medium long finish with orchard fruits and malt.
Morris Australian Single Malt Whisky Tokay Barrel is an enjoyable whisky, packed with malty, creamy and fruity flavours. I especially enjoyed the beautiful smell on the nose and the texture on the palate.
Price at the time of tasting: £74.70 – Available on Whisky Exchange