A 22 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery, bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. I was pleasantly surprised by Batch #3 which was 18 years old – this is the new Batch #4.
Mortlach 22 yo (52,6%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company 2017, Batch #4, 200 btl.)
Nose: similar freshness as Batch #3. Pine needles, green bananas and green apples. Some wet limestone and mineral notes in the distance. Unripe peaches. Almonds. A little varnished oak and a subtle metallic edge. The Beast of Dufftown, they say?
Mouth: creamy and fruity, with (pine)apple, sweet lemon, a little vanilla. A fresh Mortlach again. Light grapefruit bitterness, as well as a chalky note and charred oak.
Finish: long, quite zesty now. Rubbed lemons, light minerals, pepper and a bit of a Springbank twist.
Chiselled, with zesty fruits and a lot of weight but never the meaty profile that we’ve come to expect from Mortlach. Traces of Campbeltown in a sense. I like. Not exactly cheap though, available from Master of Malt.
ps/ In case you hadn’t noticed, there is a specific That Boutique-y Whisky Co. Advent Calendar which contains 24 samples of their bottlings, including a 35 years old Bunnahabhain and a 50 years old blended grain. No Mortlach though.