By: David Othenin-Girard
K&L Staff Member
If someone is asking me which of the new Faultlines I'd jump on - I'm always going to point them to this outrageous butt. I'm not being glib when I say that all for casks are exceptional in their own right and you won't waste your money no matter which you pick, but if you have to only take one it might just be this one. It's not only because I FREAKING love the weirdo label. It's because this mortlach represents something that the old one doesn't - a heavily sherried malt that almost anyone can appreciate. The nose is filled with both sweet and savory elements - bold spices, sweet oak, nutty sherry, meaty Mortlach. I love that the spirit doesn't totally disappear behind the wood and the wine. A little bit of water brightens it all up significantly, bringing some orange liqueur, rancio fruit, fresh tanned hide. On the palate the entry is borderline sweet with tons of texture and dark flavors of cacao and exotic woods to balance the stewed fruit at the front. With water we lighten up to find a little bit more citrus, some rounder malt and a touch of herbal earthiness on the mid palate. You can't NOT love this.