Mortlach Special Strength
I really wanted to dislike this dram due to the reduction to 50cl and the price point in Travel Retail (£75 for 50cl in travel retail would equate to around £125 for a 70cl in normal retail) but i really enjoyed this dram.
I still don't think it's as good as the 16 Year Flora and Fauna which this range is replacing in the specialist market (and which can still be purchased for around £95 at places like The Whisky Exchange ) but it is a different animal al-together.
It's sweet and meaty, sugary (molasses) vanilla and dates which all work for me and make it a very drinkable dram, I'd have to have a good debate with myself over the price point and value for money, but as a dram it is very drinkable.
Available in Travel Retail such as World of Whiskies for approx £75
The nose starts off quite meaty, like a medium rare steak then sweet dried fruits come in with Dates coming through strongly before molasses and vanilla round off the nose
the palate is sweet meaty and thick, an oily viscous mouthfeel with hints of spice, sweet peppers and ground black pepper with sweet molasses
sweet dates covered in molasses with a hint of black pepper
Read others opinions on this dram here:-
Mortlach 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlachs New Bottles Revealed
Mortlach 1971-1996 (Gordon and MacPhail)