Born of innovation, rich in character and tradition. Beloved of connoisseurs, from a Speyside few know. Re-born as a family of four fine, rare expressions. Every malt whisky has its time. For one, that time is now. Mortlach. Malt Whisky. Made Magnificent.
Complex and bold with an exquisite balance of sweetness and dryness. A superbly structured whisky in which stylish fruit and floral notes on the nose introduce a rich, complex, energetic palate and a magnificent finish.
Reserved and discreet, first showing a ripe fruity tang of red plum, peach and blackberry. A dryer note in the smooth, nutty layer underneath reveals complexity and depth. In time there’s the baked sweetness of a buttery Madeira cake. The oak is restrained and natural, recalling a dry, sunny autumn day in the woods.
Stunning. Sweet, tongue-coating and fiery, then chewy on the mid-palate; gingery and tangy now too, ranging dense orchard fruits alongside a light gaminess. Growing sweeter, the flavours move from red fruit to liquorice to toffee, set off by a rich, supple and muscular structure. Becoming dryer, it’s still all beautifully pervasive and comforting.
Soft, coating and surprisingly sweet with blackcurrant and drying, yet silky-smooth tannins. Later, spicy with black pepper, as with chilli-accented dark chocolate.
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A big, friendly and warming special strength Mortlach, at once complex and delicious. Very grown up, with a complicated yet harmonious mix of young vanilla and mature oak underscored by roasted aromatics and a long and deeply affecting finish.
Confident, complex and strong, with an instant full-bodied aroma that somehow successfully mixes sweet, ripe red apples and moist fruit cake or plum pudding. As the nose opens further there’s more sweetness, as if rich vanilla-cream was being poured over rum & raisin ice cream. In time there are more drying scents, now of roasting coffee beans, Christmas pudding mix, dried raspberry, allspice and dry roasted coriander seed.
Full blooded with great impact, beginning with bitter chocolate and black cherry fruit then sweet, honeyed and smooth. After this more assertive and warming, growing earthier and drying to reveal a fine savoury bite reminiscent of charred pepper steak, as the distillery character rises to the challenge of the strength.
Long, highly pervasive and surprisingly sweet with smooth, violet-edged dark- chocolate laced tannins to the fore, and behind this a dry char that leaves the palate sweet and just faintly smoky, as with a treacle tart. Splendidly warming and comforting, with late orange zest.
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A very compelling, moreish and appetising Mortlach for those who like their whisky robust. Astonishingly complex throughout and characterised by a fine interplay of meaty notes, malty sweetness and balancing citrus.
Light, well balanced and nuanced throughout. Delicate at first with the light fruity aroma of fresh green apples. This soon disappears in a well-paced development to reveal a supple and savoury Mortlach core suffused with candied sweetness: a heady mix of blackcurrant, roast chestnut and treacle toffee. With water, it opens slowly with spicy notes of cedar and caramelised fruit sugars.
Medium to rich-bodied. Cooling, thick and smooth overall. Cautious and creamy at first, with flashes of intense sweetness before an espresso coffee note develops. This is Mortlach at its most robust; rich and muscular, with a mid-palate in which tannins bring out cocoa, damson and a real earthiness to compete with a rich honey sweetness. Later, faint notes of balsam introduce a growing sandalwood spiciness.
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.
A multi-faceted Mortlach that is all full-strength, full-on impact, with an intriguing mix of elegance and power. Complex throughout: a big and chewy dram with high complexity, mixing roasting spices with dense layers of decadent sweetness.
Elegant and mature with tropical fruits and an initial, enigmatic sweet-savouriness. Quickly develops ripe fruits: soft plums, bruised red apples and hedgerow berries, then more sweetness like Christmas pudding and vanilla-rich white chocolate. Well-balanced, complex and deep, with smoky, waxy hints of chestnut purée and venison.
Softly coating with a smooth and delicate texture, then a burst of plummy fruit fools you into thinking it will get sweeter. But this massive barley-sugar richness instead develops into deep, rich, darkly malty notes then grows herbal. This is a big and chewy dram with high complexity, mixing roasting spices and a muscular, meaty nature with layers of dense sweetness.
Smooth, sweet, warming and tongue-tingling. Develops a vanilla creaminess before an aromatic, liquorice root complexity asserts itself, leading to a gently drying and appetisingly pithy conclusion.