Today on the menu: The Mortlach Rare Old. This is the entry-level bottling of the core range of Mortlach single malts.

For years Mortlach wasn’t a very known whisky to the big audience; most of its production went straight to blends, like Johnnie Walker for example. But a couple of years ago, owner Diageo announced the release of four new single malts: The Rare Old, Special Strength (a travel retail only version of the Rare old), an 18 year old, and a 25 year old.

So, let’s taste the Mortlach Rare Old.

This non age statement whisky is matured in both sherry and bourbon casks. Bottled at 43,4% abv.

Mortlach Rare Old tasting notes:

Nose: The nose is very light, but sweet. It’s a bit watery. It’s got hints of caramel, vanilla, a very sweet orange of mandarine and a faint hint of citrus.

Taste: Very creamy and smooth, orange or Pim’s orange cookies, raisins, milk chocolate and a bit of fudge.

Finish: The finish is short and has a bit of caramel flavour.

What do I think about it? It does taste well, but it doesn’t have much depth or any complexity. Very easy to drink, but way too expensive for what you get.