Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Additional coloring: Yes
Average price: € 200.00
Official website: www.malts.com
While today Mortlach has (rightly) earned a respectable position in the whisky world and in the Diageo portfolio, until 2014 only one original bottling was produced, this 16-year-old in the well-known Flora&Fauna series, as the rest of the production ended up in the multinational giant’s blends.
Today it’s not so easy to find, and certainly not at human prices, but it’s nevertheless a piece of a distillery’s history that shows how the tastes of enthusiasts can push a producer to change his strategies.
The prospect of greater earnings probably has something to do with it, but let’s not be so dry, come on…
Acetous and herbaceous notes emerge from the glass, filled with nutmeg, cinnamon, wild strawberries, pears, almonds, sultanas, chocolate, liquorice, muscovado sugar. Soy sauce. A sweet and pungent flow at the same time. In length, toasted wood.
More distinctly sherried on the palate, with winey influences evident on an aniseed and clove note, opening onto an oily and sweet profile that follows the score of the nose with softer tones, with a greater influence of dried fruit (dates, sultanas) and nuts (walnuts, almonds). Herbaceous scents return, with mentholated background touches and tobacco.
The finish is fairly brief, with dried fruit, aniseed and tobacco.
A whisky that is not very incisive but fairly drinkable, rather basic but instructive in its nuances and promise of the Mortlach to come.