A delightfully received Xmas gift - although much suggestive psychology, aka nagging, was employed - was this little beauty. I've been enjoying Mortlach lots, of late, and this was a big ticket item so hopes were high.
Been open five months with just under half left. Review is with a few drops of water and sat a good forty minutes or more, and then a fresh splash on top to freshen her up :)
Nose - glorious! Savoury, sweet, herbal, spicy and fruity, but superbly balanced. Red jams, lots of umami like Bovril, miso and oyster sauce, sweet spices, touches of oak, dark chocolate and bonfire toffees (treacle).
Taste - sweet, savoury and slightly sour arrival that kind of bursts on one's tongue and then fizzes across the palate. Starts to dry as it develops with tart berry sweetness and more savoury notes. Extremely silky mouthfeel and, even neat, this baby purrs on the tongue - not a hint of sharpness.
Finish - long with pleasingly drying tannins that build as you sip. Rich, savoury notes and muted sweetness linger.
It has to be noted that, when first opened, the sherry was definitely leading the show. Still, at 19 months - post hogsheads - in a fresh oloroso butt, it's a decent amount of time to get acquainted with the malt, and air and time have worked wonders. I love this style of savoury and sweet and this pulls it off to a tee! My only quibble would be the dryness of the finish that, after a while, starts to become almost tongue nipping with its tannins. Still, a very slight complaint that is momentarily, at least, relieved by another sip. Never goes too far in any direction but always seems to slightly tug towards that savoury heart.
If only every whisky was as enjoyable as this one ...