Review: Mortlach Midnight Malt 30 Years Old
Mortlach‘s famous 2.81-times distilled whiskey takes one of its oldest and most exotic forms in the bottling of the new Midnight Malt, a 30 year old whisky finished in Bordeaux wine, Calvados, and Guatemalan rum seasoned casks, then blended and married in custom quarter-sized casks before bottling. The annual release will see just 350 bottles released each year.
We were lucky to receive a small sample. Thoughts follow.
Classic Mortlach elements kick the experience off, featuring sultry roasted grains, sherry-like notes of oxidized wines, gentle sandalwood, and — with ample swirling — a spicy cinnamon apple character. Inviting and enveloping, the whisky features an immediate dark chocolate character on the tongue, fruity notes bouncing from apple to raisin and back again. Clove and nutmeg are surprisingly lengthy as the finish builds, though as they fade a wood-infused sweetness begins to take hold. Touches of rum-driven molasses are most evident here, with a pinch of black pepper giving the whisky some grip.
If you’ve got a spare 5 Gs I highly recommend picking up a bottle.
A / $5000 (700ml) / mortlach.com
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