Mortlach 16 Year Old
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
(£114.21 per litre, includes £10 for engraving)
Distiller's Dram Engraving
- Dark Chocolate
- Fruit Cake
by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
- Nose: Singed raisins and oozing apple pies – dark fruitcake slathered with rich apple sauce. Stewed apples sit at the core, surrounded by dried fruit, dark sugars and rich spice. Damp-oak rancio and fresh-oak cinnamon are joined by raisins, dates, chocolate and a touch of Dundee cake.
- Palate: Rich and thick, with brown sugar syrup stirred into a bowl of dried raisins and apples. The sticky sweetness is tempered and balanced by gentle barrel char and sharp orchard fruit – unripe apples and crunchy pears. Dark oloroso notes build – sweet and savoury dried fruit – and dark chocolate sauce pools underneath. Hints of menthol and clove hide at the back.
- Finish: Mint and menthol fade to chocolate raisins. A menthol tingle lingers.
- Comment: Not as meaty as the Flora & Fauna and, in my opinion, better for it. More balanced, with sweet and savoury fruit as well as a touch of the Mortlach weight.