This year’s Special Edition from Mortlach is a true rarity from the brand, finished in Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks and aged 21 years in total. Compare to 2019’s all-sherry-aged expression.
The nose is classically rich, not just exuding the essence of Mortlach but also that Pedro Ximenez casking, which gives it a distinctly leathery and nutty composition, with an oily but immersive and soulful complexity. Notes of overripe banana emerge with time in glass, but it takes a while to get there.
The palate follows suit with a bold and nut-heavy character that’s dominated again by the PX sherry cask. It’s like settling into an old leather chair that just wraps its arms around you and sucks you in, refusing to let go of your tongue except to showcase some notes of orange peel, cloves, and almond paste — all around the edges. The finish is lengthy, warming, and sultry as all get-out. A unique — and fantastic — expression of Mortlach.
A- / $755 / malts.com