SMWS 76.135 Moment of serenity

Posted 30 November 2017 / In Mortlach
The Dramble's tasting notes for SMWS 76.135 Moment of serenity

Bottle Name: 76.135 Moment of serenity

ABV: 55.1%
Distillery: Mortlach
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Speyside

A 15 year old Mortlach that’s spent 14 years in a ex-Bourbon hogshead before being reracked into 1st fill Pedro Ximenez for an additional year of finishing. One of 223 bottles. Sweet, Fruity & Mellow profile.

Nose: Sweet and savoury. Sherbet zing, orange segments and an assortment of sugar-coated fruits meet an underlying meatiness – think prosciutto ham – sprinkled with the lightest touch of white pepper. Water reduces the definition of this whisky, but does add in some spicing in the form of cloves.

Taste: Sweet & savoury and 100% delivering the meaty ham favour as promised on the bottle label. Sharp fresh sugar-coated berries come together with citrus and some dusty dunnage warehouse like qualities – I’m not quite convinced that these marry up perfectly to the meatiness but the overall combination is certainly interesting. The addition of water makes for a much more syrupy mouthfeel and enhanced earthiness, but at the same time reduces the sharpness and zing of the fruit.

Finish: Long with an aspirin-like chalkiness.

A really interesting Mortlach that delivers both sweet fruit and umami flavours (mostly successfully), but has a strange mineral/calcium-tinged finish – if you’ve ever chewed an antacid tablet you’ll understand. Mortlach is often seemingly meaty, and this is no exception, though it’s lighter than some I’ve tasted. I did not find water to be particular kind to this whisky - it quickly drowned out the sweeter top end fruitiness.

Score: 80/100


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