Dense, elegant & intriguing. Dried fruit, cedar wood, leather and tobacco.
Robust and rich. Palate clinging
Robust palate with a coating of oiliness. Aromatic citrus. Hints of wood spice opening into a dark, meatiness of barbecue pork crackling. Berries, jam & cocoa nibs add brightness
Deep and complex, with gingerbread, raisin and a hint of liquorice.
Age: 20 years old
Strength: 43.4% ABV
Place of Origin: Dufftown
in brief… A very compelling, moreish and appetising Mortlach for those who like their whiskies robust; best enjoyed straight.
in a sentence… Astonishingly complex throughout and characterised by a fine interplay of meaty notes, malty sweetness and balancing acidity.
Super dense and rich, with touches of floor polish and much more of the waxy, earthy, meaty element seen in the previous examples. This has real elegance and complexity - and no little intrigue. There is an added oiliness which you only get from mature whiskies. This in turn moves into varnish, leather oil, wood resins and even a touch of dubbin. The sensation is like being in some ancient, mysterious, library. There are dried fruits, a touch of scented wood, fir trees, cedar, Moroccan leather, slightly foxed books, floor polish, and some ink. It grows in the glass, moving towards chanterelle mushroom/cep mushroom even some of the wax crayon also seen on the 12 year old. There’s a concentrated, and slightly peppery, meatiness and then the characteristic burnt, sooty, chimney-like background note that adds a hint of crackling logs. Huge, highly complex and contemplative.
The mature depth seen on the nose comes immediately into focus, but before it goes towards the dark there’s a refreshing lift of aromatic and overripe fruits (quince especially) and a touch of spiciness. It then expands as the fruits dry and the oils start to coat the tongue. The meaty element comes in quickly here, full-on grunt with animalic edges, cured leather and light bitter notes that bring to mid nutshell, espresso crema, damson jam, cacaoa nibs all balnaced with some hedgerow berry fruits meaning that the back palate has a brighter lift than you might expect from something which is so dense and meaty (think of a berry sauce with venison). As it develops so this back palate shows more roasting tin elements, some bark. It continues to extend into dried fruits.
Coating, with a sparkling bitter-sweetness as found in a traditional cloudy lemonade or perfectly ripe raspberries. Ultimately drying and warming, with wood smoke or dried lavender and re-emerging cocoa nibs.