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This specific bottling of Mortlach from First Editions was selected by Andrew and the whisky staff at Kensington Wine Market. Sadly, the full-sized bottles of this whisky have already sold out and only these mini bottles remain. 11 Years old, bottled at 52.1%.
This whisky was featured on Day 1 of our 2022 KWM Whisky Calendar.50ml ml
Andrew's Tasting Note
Nose: teriyaki beef jerky and bbq pork ribs with a side of brisket... this is so beefy; firm leather and earthy tobacco; as that element pulls back Jujubes, Strawberry Twizzlers, cooked raisins, and red berry fruits emerge; chocolate and a faint touch of gunpowder... but this is a Mortlach after all!
Palate: not what I was expecting, there is still a twinge of meatiness but the fruits are firmly in charge; strawberries dipped in chocolate, pureed raspberries, and dark fruits too: more cooked raisins, grilled dates, and Fig Newtons (before they ruined them by removing the trans fats); dark chocolate-coated marshmallows, Russian caramel, soft leather, and cigar tobacco; the Strawberry Twizzlers are still there, as are the Jujubes; subtle spices, a trace of gunpowder and more beef brisket.
Finish: medium in length, it is warming, coating, and smooth with fading dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, and a pleasant meatiness.
Comment: the nose suggests a wine cask, but the palate could easily be mistaken for that of a sherry cask matured whisky; this is rich, complex, and elegant; this whisky will please both Mortlach fans and anyone who likes sherry forward malts; and if you are one of those Anoraks who think wine cask whiskies are always rubbish, this will change your mind!
Evan’s Tasting Note
Nose: Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, marmalade, cherry tarts, Crispy Crunch bars, apple sauce, and a touch of beef soup stock with chives or green onions cooking in the background.
Palate: Fentimans or Fever Tree Ginger Beer, cinnamon sticks, graham crackers, apple cider, pistachio nuts, Cocoa Puffs cereal, chocolate brownies and Nanaimo Bars
Finish: Warming and rich with some toasted nutty notes and red fruits.
Comment: This is a red wine cask masquerading as a sherry cask – which is what I think many producers hope for in a cask finish. Maybe it is the rich and savoury Mortlach distillate that helps pull the effect off. Either way, this was a solid single cask that we were all surprised and excited to get our hands on. Too bad the big bottles of it are already sold out!
Producer Tasting Note
"An intense herbal, mineral nose with smoked ham and dried apricot notes. Red fruits appear on the palate along with white pepper, caramel, liquorice, and a suggestion of clove. The finish is medium length, peppery with a drying touch of oak.