It should be a crime to make whisky this good (that was a joke, suck it prohibition). The Mortlach 12, as its name suggests is a 12-year-old single malt scotch whisky produced in the Mortlach distillery of Scotland’s Speyside region.
This expression was first launched in 2018 as part of a trio (alongside a 16 Year Old and 20 Year Old expression). Etched onto the bottle’s frontal design is a subtext which reads ‘The Wee Witchie’ in honour of the tiny still that distils a portion of this whisky.
Matured in both bourbon and sherry casks, this heaven-sent whisky is a ballad of malts and fruit. Even more so with its notes of toffee and vanilla. Despite being the entry point of the Mortlach range, this expression could easily stand toe-to-toe with the best whiskies.
The combination of the aforementioned cask types are meant to balance the Mortlach’s traditionally thick, dried fruit-infused character with some fresh fruit and vanilla notes. God bless the mind who came up with the idea to do so because this whisky is beyond amazing.
- Nose: Nutty fruit cake, juicy sultanas, candied ginger, bittersweet marmalade, fruity dark chocolate, baked apples, nutmeg, walnuts, hazelnuts, a touch of woodiness. Overtime, more fruit appears (eg: dried apple rings).
- Palate: Rich toffee, brown sugar, spiced sponge cake, cinnamon, clove, baked apples dusted with caster sugar. Notes of pear will also develop, hints of caramel sauce and apple jelly.
- Finish: Charred raisins, sharp apples, sweet, dry, slightly ashy, oak.
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