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I will put my cards on the table. Mortlach is in my top 5 whiskies (perhaps not this bottling though).
Ok lets start...On the nose. Fruity, dark chocolate (Belguim type not the cheap stuff), very slight hint of heather smoke. When I worked abroad two things stopped me from being overly home sick. The first was seeing a bottle of Glenfiddich and secondly was smelling a good dram of Mortlach. The first was easy to come by but the second was a lot harder to find.
The pallette on this dram was harsh, almost medical and a little oily.
The finish was long, like sandpaper on the back of the throat and alas like gargling with napam.
Now then I'm not a scientist and cannot explain the reason for this but I dropped a little water into this glass (about 10% of the volume) then some sort of magic occured....
The nose freshened up..Lovely.
The pallette came alive. Your mouth is coated with sublime chocolate covered raisons, honey dribbled over christmas cake, vanilla icecream on the side (writing this is making me feel hungry).
The finish is long lasting, lip smacking, moreish. Napalm and sandpaper is replaced by Warm, smooth, sherried and have I mentioned smooth.
This bottling is not chill filtered or coloured so do not be alarmed when you put the water in, it will turn very cloudy. This could put some people off but on the up side of that is all the more for us real whisky lovers.
This whisky has an amazing split personality. From a good dram to heaven in a glass. Very reasonable price. Check out their website www.whiskyshopdufftown.co.uk