Mortlach Speyside Festival 2013 48% NV
|Serie||Speyside Festival 2013|
|Bottled for||Speyside Festival 2013|
|Distilled date||Not Specified|
Serge Valentin (84)
Colour: full gold. Nose: the Orcines, only with much more cask influence. That would include vanilla, raisins, and dried coconut. What comes after that is very Mortlach, with matches, a meaty side that wasn’t quite in the 1999, some soot, some charcoal and some earth. A funny hint of volcanic scoria (perhaps). Some mad souls would even find a little botrytis in this – well, I certainly do. Mouth: there are ideas of the Flora and Fauna bottling, with a feeling of coal and roasted chestnuts, of earth, of roasted malt, of Guinness… Some bitter oranges join in the dancing after one minute, together with some sharp cinnamon mints and bitter herbs. I find quite some ginger too, as well as something drying (tea tannins, cinnamon). Finish: long, a little acrid and tannic, with unexpected raspberries. Or raspberry jelly, and maybe cranberries. That’s fun. Peppery aftertaste. Comments: excellent, I just find the wood’s influence a little heavy, with this tannic side.
Words Of Whisky:
Good, but not very good, let alone great. They achieved a nice balance, but it lacks the richness and full body of the Flora & Fauna.
Rum soaked raisins and lots of wood influence. Spices, plenty of oak, ripe banana and vanilla. Also some orange and chocolate. A bit on the weak side, not as rich as the 16yo.
More wood spices, cloves, cinnamon and black pepper. Very malty and some charred oak. Bitter oranges. It ends on a dry note.
Medium in length, drying with pepper and oak.