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Nose: Big sherry, sweet tea and lemons, peppermint (specifically altoids), cinnamon, grapes, caramel.
Taste: Sherry, rum raisin cake, maple syrup. Elegant.
Finish: Sweet, spicy, and long. The very end of the finish gives me the feeling that I just finished a cigar. I've had tobacco notes turn up in whiskies before but this is especially noticeable.
This one seems older than 16 years. I would have guessed somewhere around 20-25 years old if asked blindly. It really is a great whisky that is very interesting. The undefinable "meatiness" that people talk about when referring to Mortlach is definitely present. Additionally, the tobacco note at the end is very distinct and great. Perhaps this is sulphur from the sherry casks? I'm not sure, but if it is, I don't find it to be unpleasant at all. On the contrary, I think it is very engaging and unique. Recommended.