50cl // 43.4% ABV
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 (Jammy Dodgers?). 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.