Part of the 2021 Diageo Special Releases; a cask strength 13-year-old Mortlach matured in virgin and refill American oak casks and bottled at 55.9% abv.
The annual Diageo Special Releases have been a hotly anticipated part of the whisky calendar for the past 20 years. The series sees Diageo take full advantage of the dozens of Scotch whisky distilleries in their portfolio. The Special Releases series sees Diageo showcase rare, ghosted and workhorse distilleries, such as Brora, Royal Lochnagar, Teaninich and Benrinnes, that are otherwise never seen as single malt expressions. It also allows for experimentation with the maturation and delivery of some of their classic malts, such as Cragganmore, Lagavulin and Talisker.
For this year, each of the eight whiskies in the collection express an individual character, inspired by mythical Scottish creatures that, according to legend, inhabit the lands surrounding the distilleries. This is brought to life with stunning bottle art, that was designed by renowned, Australian, digital illustrator Ken Taylor.
Offical Tasting Notes
Nose: Mellow and rounded, as savoury and meaty notes hint at the beast within yet carry a sweet tartness, suggesting roast pheasant with redcurrant jelly. These pitch-perfect aromas sit on a deeper moorland base, with heather pollen and crushed herbs. Water brings out a sweet, fruity hint of lime.
Palate: A big, super-smooth texture and an intense taste: vanilla-sweet while embracing a savoury finish, with a surprising kick of chilli-pepper. Magnificently full of life, these flavours race across the tongue.
Finish: Long and deeply impressive, with power, fruit, spicy oak-dryness and a peppery glow. Water brings up a floral-herbal note.
Part of Diageo's stable, Mortlach enjoys a cult status amongst whisky drinkers thanks to its thick, meaty texture. 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 the vaunted 16-year-old Flora & Fauna release put it into the public psyche.
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