Mortlach Rare Old 50cl, 43.4%
Mortlach distillery is a distiller of Scotch whisky in Dufftown, Moray, Scotland. Founded in 1823-1824, the distillery is currently owned by Diageo. The whisky is a key component in several Johnnie Walker bottlings.
The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and Fauna release might know Mortlach as a bit of a Sherry monster, but this new bottling brings to light a complex, warming and spicy side of Mortlach’s personality.
Nose….Sugary biscuits (maybe Nice biscuits), baked apple and crushed nuts. Fudge and herbal, leafy notes persist.
Palate…. Rich and full of palate entry, with spicy notes of cinnamon sticks and oak. Then there’s vanilla, raisin and biscuit-y notes paired with dark jam . That leafy, earthy note from the nose continues on the palate too
Finish… Warm and drying with cinnamon, pepper and vanilla.
Overall: A top start to the new range of Mortlach single malts.