Asta Morris has finally released a new whisky, the first in 2021. It’s a belter! No less than 31 years of age and in new livery to boot. This Heritage is a Speyside malt from an undisclosed distillery. It can be found somewhat halfway between the Mackessack Park and the Rothes Golf Club. You do the math.
Despite the high age it is very fresh and lively on the nose with lots of banana, lemongrass, chamomile, Haribo bears and mint. Hint of mokatine. A tad floral and candy-like and very approachable. The oak, despite the fact having been host to the malt for over three decades, remains in the back and allows the distillate to shine.
Oh, this tastes very good indeed. Sweet fruit like banana and juicy peach with a bitterness as if from grapefruit. Soft vanilla and a whiff of pepper. Mint gives it a fresh lift and makes it somewhat playful. But totally devoid of wood, truly. Round, creamy, sweet, soft, approachable and simply delicious. A typical spring whisky, but top shelf to be sure. Note the subtle nuances, it has a lot to offer.
The medium long finish makes me long for another glass.
Bert strikes again, as usual. At first glance a very decent malt, but given the proper attention you’ll find it to be a veritable gem. Rothes heritage, if you know what I mean. Around 230 EUR.