Amazingly fresh, the distillery character actually comes through, sweet, a certain malty note and distinctive fruit. Morlach likes to remind me of gooseberries from bourbon barrels, because bourbon and sherry barrels were married here and very finely adjusted, I can agree with the official notes, can find the cherry, but rather less ripe sweet cherries. Can't find the gooseberry note, but an additional red apple comes along.
Slightly unripe sweet cherries plus Gala royal .... yeah ..... with dark chocolate, the mild 70s from lindt ....
Very, very soft, very soft, pleasing, no edges, a spiciness, herbal mixture, very light orange zest, alcohol well integrated, is getting lighter, could like a few% more because of me ????
Essentially, the nose is underlined, slightly oily, a little more spicy but less fruity than the nose, barrel comes into play more, chocolate a little stronger, minimal, more herbs, top alcohol, no stinging, bitterness, soft, tasty, less sweet than in the nose
Medium, has a spicy and slightly fruity finish
They played it safe with the 12er, very smooth for the fact that it is from the beast of dufftown ???? but fulfilled with its own character, difficult balancing act for me. The only question I ask myself is, 46% wouldn't have been even better ......
But all in all, a successful, well-rounded introduction.
Price with typical Mortlach surcharge If you compare the Mortlach 12 OA with other 12 yo of the other distilleries, you will notice a great equipment (high-quality bottle, large, beautiful cork, box that is relatively stable and high-quality printed).