Mortlach 22 Year Old Alchemist Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
We never see enough Mortlach stateside, and the few bottles we get aren't always the best they have to offer. One of the great sherried stalwarts of the Speyside, this 22 year old from the Alchemist bottlers is completely without sherry aging. Lean in mouthfeel, the entry starts off rather oily and herbal, but the vanilla richness really kicks in on the finish. Straw-colored despite its age, this Mortlach has obviously been aging in refill hogshead quite gracefully. A wonderful peek at what the whisky itself tastes like without the sherry-influenced barrel.