Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Sherry First Fill and Refill
Additional coloring: Yes
Average price: € 79,00
Official website: www.malts.com
Speaking of the 12 year old, I briefly told you about the history of this distillery, especially the hysterical commercial management of the brand by its owners.
For a long time it was a 16 year old that was the only official Mortlach bottling, part of the well-known Flora&Fauna series that many remember fondly, which is why the comparison was inevitable when the new (and cheaper) core range was introduced.
As always distilled 2.81 times, the nickname for this bottling is The Distiller’s Dram, so I’m glad the distiller decided not to drink it all by himself but leave some to market.
Initially the nose has a very caressing wax and wood core, accompanied by sour cherry and pear. Clear presence of malt, together with leather, caramel and a touch of orange. A sweet profile diluted by a slightly rough side.
In the mouth it is warm and enveloping, fruity (red fruits, peach, pear) and waxy, with still a strong presence of malt and wood. Orange peel, a light pinch of spices (cardamom, cinnamon), pistachios, all very harmonious and balanced.
Finish of pistachios, malt, wood and orange, which lingers on the palate for a long time.
Well-balanced and harmonious flavours and aromas, where the bursting sweetness of the sherry is tamed by less accommodating tones without clashing or clamouring, succeeding where many have failed.