Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery Bottling, 70cl/57.8%
This 2022 Special Release is The Lure of the Blood Moon has been given the embarrassing soubriquet “The Lure of the Blood Moon,” perhaps as a tenuous reference to the Tawny Port, virgin oak, and Red Muscat wine casks in which it was finished. But really, your guess is as good as ours.
On the plus side, it does have a pretty cool owl on the label.
Official Tasting Notes OF Mortlach Special Releases 2022
Appearance: gleaming gold with ruby lights. Nose: Robust, savoury, rich notes evoke a hearty cassoulet with haricots, tomatoes, spicy sausage, and crisp pork belly. Intriguing aromas of grape and red wine entwine with this meatiness and then, as the nose develops, become more mineral.
A little water changes the picture again, lowering the spiciness and bringing up more rounded, wine-accented sweet red fruit.
Body: Medium to full.
Rich and smoothly mouth-filling in texture, while the deep and intense taste is sweetly fruity rather than meaty, and spicy-dry, as the virgin oak makes its presence felt. incredibly lively, with a richly layered taste in which hints of ginger lead a spicy dance. A dash of water fashions a delicious, harmonious, and strong marriage between fruitiness and black pepper spiciness.
Finish: long and deeply impressive, with power, fruit and black pepper in perfect harmony, a spicy kick as it goes down and a warming glow spreading across the palate. Finally, the palate is left dry, bathed in a glorious afterglow. A drop of water adds a dash of acidity.
|Series||Special Releases 2022|
|Cask Type||Refill American Oak then in virgin, Tawny Port and Red Muscat-seasoned casks|