Age Statement: 20 years old
Extra Info: Bottled by Cadenhead, aged in a Bourbon Hogshead, one of 768 bottles.
Like many whisky lovers I have a weak spot for Mortlach. The full, deep flavours and almost chewy quality to their whiskies, no matter if it’s aged in an ex-bourbon or ex-sherry cask, is unparalleled. Also, like many whisky lovers, I’m not a big fan of their 0.5 litre official releases that came out a few years ago. But that’s a different story altogether. More often than not, independent single cask Mortlach is simply yummy stuff. Hopefully that’s the case here as well, I’m confident that it is.
Nose: A light waxy note, big vanilla and something herbal, maybe mint or eucalyptus. Slightly grassy and creamy. Powdered sugar and cake icing.
Taste: Quite oaky and a spicy kick, but this doesn’t become too dominant. Grass and hay. Vanilla cream puff pastry. Chewy viscosity. Light fruit in the background with pineapple, lemon and slight green apple.
Finish: Warming, comforting. The spice and sweet notes work together very well now. Oak, herbs and fruit are all in the mix. Long lasting and yummy.
Overall: Nothing too complex here, but some good depth and balance in the flavours. I love the warmth as it goes down. Really quite delicious stuff.
4 stars (86-90 range)