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Review: Mortlach 26 Years Old Limited Edition 2019

With a 26 year old Mortlach — “the Beast of Dufftown,” you know — aged in first-fill sherry casks, the 2019 Diageo Special Releases series hits its high water mark, at least in terms of price. At $2000 a bottle, it’s more than twice as expensive as the next priciest whisky in the collection.

Let’s try it out.

The nose is instantly aggressive with sherry character — boldly nutty, almost overpowering as it nearly obliterates some well-roasted cereal notes underneath. The bold sherry attack continues to the palate, where some hints of coal and ash — iconic elements of well-aged Mortlach — come to the fore. Hazelnut and walnut notes take over from there, with an edge of raisin and plum evolving in time. The finish is long and soothing, with a very light smoky edge that balances out a stronger sweetness on the back end. Nicely balanced, though quite a bit less complex than I was expecting.

It may not be my unilateral favorite whisky in the 2019 lineup, but it is the one I polished off the quickest.

106.6 proof.

A- / $2000 / malts.com [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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