A 17-year-old single cask Mortlach, bottled by Adelphi.
A distillery that's become rarer amongst indie bottlers, this was distilled 2003 and bottled 2021.
Drawn from a refill sherry hogshead there are 228 bottles at 56.6%.
Nose: On the nose we have gentian root, green bark, granny smith apples, greengage, apple chewits, freshly broken rhubarb, wine gums and fresh meadows.
Palate: The palate takes a tropical turn with green banana, lemon curd, shaved coconut, fruit salad and brazil nuts.
Finish: Tangy, vibrant and zingy, an atypical Mortlach but a delight nonetheless.
One of Diageo's distilleries, Mortlach enjoys a cult status amongst whisky drinkers thanks to its thick, meaty texture often best highlighted in sherry cask maturations.
That unique spirit comes from a complex and unique distillation program, which sees the new make pass through a number of stills of varying shapes and sizes. In the end, it is said that Mortlach distill their spirit 2.81 times. The complex regime results in a thick, meaty spirit - one of Scotland's thickest - and has been prized by independent bottlers and drinkers since their vaunted 16-year-old Flora & Fauna release put it into the public psyche.
Adelphi is one of the world's top independent bottlers of whisky. They acquire casks already matured to bottle, as opposed to maturing them themselves, and the Adelphi brand has been synonymous with top quality whisky in the post-2000 era. The company also owns the Ardnamurchan distillery on Scotland's east coast, which distilled its first spirit in 2014.
- Single Malt