The oldest cask strength Mortlach to date, made from closely-matched refill American Oak casks. Fresh for its age to begin with, then mellows out with never a trace of mustiness.
Pale amber with a green tinge. Good bead.
Complex, light and soft. Oiled wood and leather books at first, then green bananas and Demerara sugar, melted over vanilla ice cream. Some peaty smokiness. Also, a dusty and waxy note. With water the waxy note rises, now more perfumed – soft leather, make-up compact, Parma violets, silk.
Firm. Smooth mouth-feel.
A complex of primary tastes – perfume and spice notes (vanilla), a light, malty sweetness throughout (not cloying) with a little acidity, and then a woody, smoky dryness. A deft interplay persists - none of the flavours is willing to lose the initiative. The subtlety is lost if too much water is added.
Long, dry, with a hint of hard liquorice and late pepper. Fruity aftertaste.