I like Mortlach, both sherry and pure bourbon cask. This one ended up on my shelf for a reason.
I was looking for a bottling that was as pure as possible, not too old, in order to have the character of Mortlach as pure as possible in the glass.
The 20 yo from the 46% was already in the shopping cart when the 13 yo went with it.
Not even 40 euros back then.
And I was not disappointed, on the contrary, I don’t like to give the title "summer painting", I have no problem enjoying heavy sherry maturations in summer if I feel like it ????
But this one is indeed made for a warm summer evening;
The nose starts off tenderly, a fruit cocktail, quasi a bowl of oak, in it gooseberry, ripe cactus fruit (carambola) (when ripe it has a completely different aroma than unripe) and physalis (also known as cap gooseberry), over it a few drops of juicy lemon and am Edge still a few slices of green apple (very subtle)
Quasi a salad ????
This bowl is on a meadow with green grass, so a little further away from the glass I get it (not always)
A little vanilla (not much) to decorate, I have cararamel one time, the other not, and if very in the background.
The dominant is the sweet / sour, slightly exotic fruit character
This impression is essentially continued in the mouth, there is an interplay between the sour / sweet fruits and delicate but very pleasant barrel notes.
The vanilla is more tangible here, personally I've never had caramel in my mouth.
Instead, it has a slight mineral note, which rounds it off pleasantly.
Overall easy without being boring.
Not overly complex, but balanced and honest.
Kind of refreshing.
Fresh in the mouth, almost bitter, it then becomes calmer, then shows more balanced behavior, yes, ok, I'm young and crisp in character .... and then 13 years old ????
Now the finish turned out to be rather short to medium in comparison.
Well, where is it supposed to get the strength for an incredibly long finish, it is slow to take hold, has not experienced any smoke and no finish.
It ends pleasantly with delicate fruit and light herbs