This is a 20 year Mortlach aged in ex-bourbon casks and bottled by Cadenhead’s at 51.4% ABV.
Nose: Strong vanilla and cherry cordial notes with graham crackers, tangerine, wet grass, and lemon juice. Overall very bright and sweet.
Palate: Much drier here as the oak turns heavy/bitter and those super sweet cherry notes disappear. Some damp straw and bitter herbs.
Finish: Bitter oak and faint vanilla with a relatively short finish.
Rating: 81/100 – The nose was great but so much about what made it great disappeared immediately on palate/finish. Overall, a fairly standard/decent Mortlach.
Value for the money: I think these retailed around $100 which is an ok price – would like to see this one closer to $75-80.