1995 Mortlach 22 Year Old Faultline First Fill Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1344018


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Tasting Notes

We almost never see Mortlach available for sale by the cask in Scotland. If we do it's almost certainly in a third or fourth fill barrel and almost certainly young and expensive. Even the underwhelming NAS bottling from the distillery still costs $100. Why is it so expensive and hard to get? That answer starts with a J and ends with a Walker. There's just too much money in that special blend to let these casks out of the system. When they do make it out, there's usually a reason. On the rarest of occasions, likely the result some fortuitous clerical error or bad bets by a London executive, we might happen across something like this. Two decades old Mortlach always raise eyebrows around here. Tell me it's been aged in a fresh sherry butt, can be sold for around $100, and tastes amazing? I'm looking like a Vince McMahon Reaction meme -almost a wrestling reference. Even more exciting is that it truly is Mortlach for the masses. Sometimes the beefy gnarly quality of the distillery, the result of an unusual multi-still distillation process, can overwhelm the uninitiated. This cask, however, is so fun and forgiving with all that wonderful Mortlach meat playing second fiddle to the dense sherry and dark malt flavors. There's no question that this is going to be the cask, among all our recent Faultline releases to consider stocking deep. It's very unlikely that we'll ever see value and quality converging quite like this again. Let's all pray that we can keep pulling casks this good.

Staff Reviews

  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This Speyside distillery, owned by Diageo, usually goes into blends like Johnny Walker, so finding a single cask of the single malt is very exciting! On the nose it has bright, expressive fruit flavors of stone fruit, caramel and a hint of banana. It is incredibly smooth on the palate with the perfect balance between fresh, bright fruit flavors and warm, creamy caramel and malt. Another knockout single cask for a VERY reasonable price...enjoy it while it lasts!
  • David Othenin-Girard
    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.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    It's all about the Sherry baby, that is what this bottling of Mortlach sings all the way through. On the nose, there are hints of that smoked meat/savory thing that Mortlach is famous for, although here it almost comes through as a roasted corn note to me. However, once you get into the bottle it is all about that rich smooth Sherry life. Warm nutty layers with marzipan and a touch of cocoa overlay everything with the meaty, woody quality hiding behind. Soft and short on the finish this is an amazingly fun and rich bottle from a distillery that is near impossible to get these days.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Mortlach distillery produces exceptional and delicious single malts. This single cask contenues this trend. It is rich and round with the sherry aging showing. It is full and sweet with hints of sweet dried fruits. With the addtion of a little water it becomes a glass of soft sweetness. Fans of mature and lively sherry barrel aged single malts should love this selection.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Twenty-two year old Mortlach, aged in a first-fill Sherry butt, and under $120?! What more can you ask for? The classic grassy flavors of the distillery blast through the sweet, nutty center so well to create an incredibly well balanced juice that can be enjoyed by novice and seasoned scotch drinkers alike. A great cigar drink.


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