Mortlach’s prestige has rocketed in the last decade, as its very particular style allowed it to quickly gain fame as a single malt, rather than a constituent of a blend.
This cask has only just had its 4th birthday, which would be young for any Scotch whisky. Age feels like it is of extra importance to Mortlach, due to the famous ‘meatiness’ of its character. Rich, heavy and quite oily at the new make stage; heavier whiskies like this tend to find their maturity later, and we would recommend bottling a Mortlach sometime after its 10th birthday, at least. Naturally, every whisky is unique, so a different judgement call can be made, depending on how a sample of the whisky feels.
Official Mortlach releases have tended to be matured in ex-sherry casks. Mortlach’s weight partners extremely well with these richer casks – so if re-racking is planned, then this is an option that should be seriously considered.
Auction estimate: £11,000 – £13,000