What does a colour taste like?
It wasn’t until after Mannie Monaghan won our international bartender programme The Circle in 2019, and we began working on a whisky together, that we learned he is synaesthetic. Mannie wanted his whisky to evoke a particular colour – coral – and so began a unique whiskymaking project.
Affecting roughly 4% of the population, those with synaesthesia* often experience a blending of their senses – for Mannie, aromas and flavours reveal a spectrum of colour. Not being synaesthetic ourselves, Mannie spent two lengthy sessions in the Blending Rooms, scouring sample boxes for whiskies that matched the warmth and powerful positivity of Living Coral.
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Bottled at 46% ABV
Number of release: 3,113
Lead Whiskymakers: Mannie Monaghan & James Saxon
Weeks of tweaking led us to this combination of tropically fruity malt whiskies from the Glen Elgin and Speyburn distilleries, together with whiskies influenced by Oloroso Sherry casks. Single malt from the Ardmore Distillery lends a herbal Highland peat note.
This is sure to delight fans of warm and vibrant whiskies, whether synaesthetic or not. Though 2019 feels a very long time ago, we are delighted to finally share Mannie’s vision of delicious whisky with the world.
This incredible phenomenon means ‘joined or coupled sensation’. It involves hearing shapes, tasting days of the week, or smelling colours. Synaesthesia is as varied in its forms and intensities as the people who experience it; they are known as synaesthetes. Discover more.
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