N: Beautiful colouring, helped in the main by E150a here, but there seems to be maturity too as well as the young guns. This isn’t at all far away from the Dufftown 8yo WB with its old style presentation of ripe apples, dense sherry notes and hammy maltiness - very similar indeed, although theres more of a dirty mineral edge to this Mortlach. Whiffs if smokey/oily fumes, matches [burned and otherwise], garden furniture polish/treatment, iron and more Osmo Polyx oil compliment the more dominant bitter<sweet, vanilla/caramel, sherried, maltiness. There are seeds here too - sesame, pumpkin and linseeds.
T: More body than id imagined, compared with the Dufftown that is. Rather peppery at first but mellowing all the time, becoming bitter<sweet and sappy with burned matches and malty/caramel going into the finish. Theres more of an oily development with water, bordering on eucalyptus/sweet caramel with touches of furniture polish and tin - maybe from the [tin] lid? All rather pleasing with a neat shape.
F: Not a huge finish or clarity but its more of the same - bitter=sweet smoky<oily, sappy, caramelled malt. Serge befittingly calls it, ‘resinous and waxy’.
C: Rather enjoyable.
Scores a C+