A bottle made even sweeter due to circumstance. A mate of mine and I laid down a bet at the start of last year’s NFL season: who could pick the most division winners. Do note…this guy is a junkie for the game and knows waaaaay more than I do. I got two right (out of eight). He got one. For two huge football fans, obviously a pretty pathetic outing. Goes to show, I suppose, that on any given Sunday…
Anyway, the stakes were a bottle. No other real parameters. And this Mortlach single cask was his ‘settling up’ offering. Hell of a generous dude. And a Scot to boot. Known to be ‘frugal’ and all that, right? I prefer ‘smart with money’. 😉
Said lad presented this one to me at the tail end of a Dram Initiative club tasting a couple months back. I immediately cracked it and poured out most of it for a roomful of eager malters. Needless to say it went over like gangbusters. I kept back a wee bit to be able to write this up and offer public thanks. So…thanks, Stu!
Bottled exclusively for Co-op Wines & Spirits (and still available at the time of writing!), this is a typical meaty Mortlach. Seems most Mortlach I’ve drunk of late has been heavier on florals than bovine, but this one takes me back into familiar territory. Good outing. And a hell of a lot more exciting than the standard range of generic (aside from the odd bottling strength), overpriced distillery bottlings.
Nose: Moderate beef note at the fore. Quite spicy too. Tea and toast. Salted meat. Very dry, overripe berry notes. Neat nose, if slightly ‘flawed’. I like it though. Very, very faintly hints at sulphur. Big nose, all told. And yes…there are some sweet fruity notes, but they are ridiculously hard to pin down. Monk’s Blend tea.
Palate: Still meaty, but rich and soooo much more than the nose gives us. Great bold and juicy arrival. Barley is clear and rich. Still a slight Bovril meatiness to it, but tempered with chewy dark fruits. Leathery, with notes of very dry cinnamon and ginger. Something green and weedy here. Big barley finish.
Thoughts: This one stutter-steps into my ‘oddball winners’ category. Not without its bumps, but its merits make it worthwhile.
– Images & Words: Curt