Whisky Review: Mortlach 2006 Vintage Collection
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Mortlach distillery
Bottling: Carn Mor, Vintage Collection
What they say:
Carn Mor Vintage Collection Mortlach 2006 Single Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky
The Carn Mor Vintage Collection is a truly unique Single Malt Scotch Whisky anthology: Twenty four exceptional whiskies from 24 individual casks, from twenty four selected distilleries, from twenty four different vintages.
Distilled 2006, bottled 2012
Cask no. 9
Limited Edition of 720 bottles
20cl, 46% volume
What I say:
While perusing the Carn Mor vintage collection my eye was caught by this young (6 years old) Mortlach that had been bottled as part of it. Available as a 20cl and relatively inexpensive, I decided to select this as I am rather fond of Mortlach’s base spirit and quality and had been severely disappointed with official bottle offerings of late.
Pale straw gold (2/20), thick oily legs are accompanied by quick medium-sized tears
Quite meaty and robust, mealy, heavy, slightly sulphuric with masses of sweet gristy barley malt, honey-glazed ham, citrus zest, lime juice, key lime pie, grapefruit, a ‘big’ and ‘robust’ nose indeed for such a youngster1
Sweet barley grist, honey, fruit precede a big punch of mealy and meatiness with hints of condenser sulphur (i.e. not rubbery like candles/cask sulphur) more like Portugese custard tarts a hint of cinnamon and pepper then fruity melon, lemon, baked apples and pears, oily and mouthcoating.
Long, sweet cereals, honey or golden syrup flapjacks, a touch of black pepper and some sour oak wood / lime
Robust for its age – lovely!
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