Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry hogshead
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Morrison Distillers
Average price: € 100.00
Official website: www.morrisondistillers.com
Let’s return to the independent Morrison’s series of bottlings with another 2007 Mortlach, formally a year younger than its predecessor, again in the Strictly Limited series.
Two ex-Sherry casks that yielded 708 bottles in 2020, not cask strength, in an all classic version, or so it would seem.
The nose is rather rough, a background of wood and leather on which notes of dried figs with almonds, baked apple, dried apricot, gooseberry and a slight herbaceous, almost floral vein find a home. There is a light spiciness of cloves and aniseed, with an impression of caramel emerging along the length. Stiff.
On the palate it is full and warm without renouncing its gritty spirit which finds a certain satisfaction in the red fruits (currant, wild strawberry) and citric notes. At first glance there is caramel, cinnamon, chocolate and a touch of vanilla, but it soon turns to a slightly dirty herbaceous note with plenty of nuts, cloves, coffee and even a balsamic note with a hint of salt.
The finish is quite long with salty bits of leather, red fruits, spices, almonds and sweet liquorice.
A whisky with little inclination to compromise, varied and amusing, which even in its edges knows how to entertain and keep attention high. It may not meet the taste of many, but it certainly does not leave you indifferent.