Whisky Review: Mortlach 2006 Vintage Collection

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Mortlach distillery

Bottling: Carn Mor,  Vintage Collection

ABV: 46%

Cost: £11.99

Carn-Mor-Vintage-Collection-Mortlach-2006

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.

 

Appearance:

Pale straw gold (2/20), thick oily legs are accompanied by quick medium-sized tears

Nose:

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

Taste:

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.

Finish:

Long, sweet cereals, honey or golden syrup flapjacks, a touch of black pepper and some sour oak wood / lime

Overall:

Robust for its age  – lovely!

Score: 86/100

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