Mortlach Special Strength 500ml
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A big, friendly and warming special strength Mortlach, best enjoyed straight, that is at once complex and delicious.
This expression brings previously hidden nuances of flavour to the fore, revealing the sweet traits of American oak and delicate tropical fruit from the complex character of Mortlach, best enjoyed straight.A big, friendly and warming special strength Mortlach, best enjoyed straight, that is 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.
“Nose: 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 with a savoury aroma like that of roasting meat. As the nose opens further there’s more sweetness, as if rich vanilla cream was being poured over a trio of ice creams: rich rum-and-raisin (plenty of alcohol), chocolate and vanilla. In time there are more drying scents, now of roasting coffee beans, christmas pudding mix, dried raspberry, allspice and dry-roasted coriander seed.
Palate: Full blooded with great impact, beginning with bitter chocolate and black cherry fruit then sweet, honeyed and smooth; rounded and cooling, with light eucalyptus. 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. Late notes suggest oak shavings in a furniture restorer’s workroom.
Finish: 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.”