The idea of the Verdi Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels it was suggested by one of our old Swedish importer, in fact one day gave us a barrel of bourbon Swedish begging us to fill it with “La Verdi” and letting us promise that we would have bottled the contents with the name Black Jack (a project that also made with other well-known breweries in Europe), the result was sensational. The softness of beer and sumptuous roasts seemed to be just made for be harmonized by hints of vanilla and ethereal notes given by Whisky. After that we have often repeated the experience, but using barrels of whiskey from some famous distilleries in Scotland (Caol Ila, Laphroaig, Bowmore, Lagavullin, Ardbeg, Macallan, Caperdonich). Each barrel has a different character and leaves the beer its character and for some years we have bottled the Black Jack Verdi Imperial Stout solely by single cask, with the intent to exalt the uniqueness of each cask. However, with the passing of time and experience, I found it interesting to assemble different barrels to create unique blend of balance and harmony.
On each label are indicated region of origin of the distillery (we are not allowed to specify on the label the name) and the year of the barrel, all bottles are numbered.
In the glass, to the nose and in the mouth …
Version of Verdi Imperial Stout aged for at least 6 months in whiskey barrels from the best distilleries in Scotland. It has aromas of vanilla, licorice, dark chocolate and peat, alternating ethereal and alcoholic shades. In the mouth it is soft and warm, complex but balanced.