This 16-year-old Speyside single malt comes from the new Mortlach range, launched in 2018. Known as 'the Beast of Dufftown', Mortlach is distilled 2.81 times in a complicated process referred to simply as 'The Way'. This single malt, dubbed the 'Distiller's Dram', is matured in a mixture of refill and first-fill American and European oak sherry casks.
Rich and thick, with brown sugar syrup stirred into a bowl of dried raisins and apples. The sticky sweetness is tempered and balanced by gentle barrel char and sharp orchard fruit – unripe apples and crunchy pears. Dark oloroso notes build – sweet and savoury dried fruit – and dark chocolate sauce pools underneath. Hints of menthol and clove hide at the back.
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