COMPASS BOX - THE CIRCLE #2.
WHAT DOES COLOUR TASTE LIKE? It wasn’t until after Mannie Monaghan won the international bartender programme The Circle in 2019, and they began working on a whisky together, that they 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 themselves, Mannie spent two lengthy sessions in the Blending Rooms, scouring sample boxes for whiskies that matched the warmth and powerful positivity of Living Coral.
Weeks of tweaking led them to a 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.
FLAVOUR PROFILE (FOR NON-SYNAESTHETES): We love the bright pineapple and stewed peach aromas that leap out of the glass. The flavour is of vanilla, honey and sultanas soaked in Cognac.
SERVING RECOMMENDATIONS: Mannie created this as an outdoor whisky to be enjoyed with friends, lounging on a patio or terrace as the sun sets.
SYNAESTHESIA* : 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.