Solid! Mortlach-y in its weight and meaty notes. It’s actually predominantly sweet and toffee-y, but the savoury flavours add balance and helps set it apart from other similar bottlings. Otherwise, it seems like a much, much nicer Chivas 12. I like that it doesn’t come off as too young at all. The sort of mixed cask influence from the hogshead is really nice. Overall, quite tasty. I’ll be passing this one around at get-togethers, and probably using it as a palate-primer once I run out of Glen Garioch 12.
Nose: A toffee monster!! Loads of the stuff. Dried apples, green grape, blackberries, a bit of cotton candy. Subtle oxidized sherry flavours: raisin challah dusted with cinnamon. Cream soda and ginger. Lightly floral. There’s a savouriness underneath – mustard and stewed beef. Earthy like wet clay.
Palate: Medium-rich body. Off-sweet at first. Arrives with toffee, bitter orange, dried apricot, milk chocolate, and ginger. Then the savoury flavours kick in again: molasses, toasted sesame seeds, dried meat, and mild oak. Dried fruit in the middle, but without much sweetness. Black pepper and mineral notes. A very small amount of smoke, closer to barrel char really.
Finish: Heavy and staying savoury. Toffee, honey, sesame, fig, and vanilla. Some lighter sweeter notes come through eventually: muscat grape, orange peel, pear, and icing sugar.