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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mortlach 22 yo (1989/2012), Mackillop´s Choice, 54,9 %

Review #361
This whisky is called Cask Strength Sherry Wood, and comes from cask number 3926. A boost of marzipan sweetness in the smell at first. It definitely needs time to open up, but even though it is called Sherry Wood, no heavy dried fruits appear. It is more like fresh fruits.

The taste is malty, but in an old kind of way (if that makes sense…). The oak is there, but aint dominating, and just leaves a layer of oil in the mouth. The finish is long and warm. Some toffee, burned caramel and nuts. It gets a bit spicy in the end. Definitely black pepper!

This must be a refill sherry cask or a finish. Not much typical sherry influenced whisky about this, so why try to push it as that? Because even though it isn’t typical sherry-like, it is still fantastic! I will rate this 88/100 (21/22/23/22).

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