Last week I was part of an interesting Whisky Wire Twitter tasting with new releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. For me this Mortlach 18 Year Old (Batch #3) was not the winner of the evening, but the biggest positive surprise nonetheless.
Mortlach 18 yo (48,9%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2016, Batch #3, 50 cl, 363 btl.)
Nose: starts impeccably fresh and fragrant, with something of lemongrass and verbena, then perhaps a little silver polish, green apples, a little carambola. Floral notes. Fennel seeds. Tangerine. There’s an underlying weighty layer, but not meaty for me.
Mouth: oily and a bit wackier now, still full-bodied. Red apples, citrus, hints of vanilla. Dusty oak, still some floral touches and ginger. Salty touches, a mossy note. Cinnamon. Certainly weighty, people kept talking about the meaty character, but I wouldn’t call this meaty.
Finish: quite long, spicy, with lingering citrus.
For me this was certainly on the fresh and clean side of Mortlach. As I said, a nice surprise. Available from Master of Malt for around € 110.