Quite possible the best Sherry cask release of the year....
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We are delighted that we have some more stock of this exceptional dram from Woodrow's of Edinburgh, one of our newest independent bottlers.
The Mortlach 12 Year Old has been bottled at 57.6% ABV after more than 2 years in first filled Oloroso Sherry American Hogshead from Bodegas Sanchez Romate.
Upon opening, the whisky exudes dry sherry notes, with roasted peanuts, malty biscuit notes and orange peel, developing into sweeter sherry notes of marzipan and Christmas pudding, lathered in brandy.
The palate follows suit, initially quite drying, with orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg coming to the fore amongst the drier, more bitter side of dark chocolate cocoa. Underneath it all is a savoury note of salted ham, with hints of honey.
After around half an hour in the glass, this converts into an iconic sherry monster, and one that is quite possible the best Sherry cask release of the year for me. Loads of sweet notes emerge, with juicy cherries, cloves and raisins coming out. The chocolate note sweetens into a hot chocolate note that fills the mouth. The mainstay overall is that wonderfully intriguing savoury note.
The finish is long, oily and full. Chocolate plays the main part but is accompanied by spices, and the orange peel returns for a cameo appearance.
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