1997 Mortlach 12 Year Old Chateau d' Yquem Cask Murray McDavid Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
Yet another masterful manipulation of Speyside underdog Mortlach by Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan. The last batch of Mortlach we had saw syrah casks on the finish and went down as one of the all time K&L greats (we still get calls every now and then from a desperate customer hoping to get one last bottle). This time around the red fruits are replaced with honey and stonefruit, with white wine aromatics blending into the luscious richness from the Sauternes influence. The malted barley comes out on the midpalate and the mouthfeel is nowhere near as viscous as you would expect. The sweetness is almost imperceptable until the finish comes roaring in with loads of caramel, honey, and Yquem's amazing buttery texture. A fantastic value that ranks among Murray McDavid's finest achievements.