Never heard of Mortlach? It’s OK, it’s never been sold directly in the US before. Mortlach use whisky matured mostly in refill American oak casks, aged for a quarter of a century before bottling the whisky into these remarkably designed bottles. Along with the Rare Old, the 18 Year Old and the travel retail exclusive Special Strength, there’s now a handsome selection of Mortlach single malts to enjoy – quite a contrast to years previous, when official bottlings were few and far between.
Nose: Vanilla pods, pineapple, lemon zest and a warming hint of tobacco. Touches of crushed almond. Wafts of light oak develop and grow gloriously rich.
Palate: Dark chocolate, oak spice and dried fruits. Baking spices grow on the mid palate, building a rich core alongside the fragrant oak. Subtly herbal further on.
Finish: Sweet, drying notes, highlighted by cocoa and oak spice.
Price: $950/bottle. Yea.