The Maltman – Mortlach – 16 yo – Tasting Notes

Got a sample of this whisky soon to be released from The Maltman. A Mortlach expression, matured in a first fill bourbon hogshead for 16 year old. Distilled in October 1998 and bottled in June of 2015 at 50.8%

Nose
Sweet, honey, red pepper, fruit, creamy, vanilla, raisin, pineapple, hint of cocos, red apples, banana, white chocolate, lemon, pink grapefruit and gummibears. Dense sweet fruit notes topped with some rich flower notes. With some water added to this the nose gives me some more elderflower notes and the gummibears note mellows out a bit and enhances a note of grilled pineapple. 
Palate
A bit Greek yoghurt creamy feel to it, fruits, malt, cocos, banana, red pepper, sweet fresh and dried fruits mixed with the notes found before on the nose. Added some water to it in the hope to tone the high red pepper note a bit down. This it did and released some liquerish notes that were underlying mixed with sweet vanilla and raisins. Lovely fruit notes and it becomes a more creamy and sweet dram for sure. 
Finish
Medium length finish, with some citrus bitter mixed with the creamy vanilla feel and some red summer fruits with some honey. 
Score
Scoring this one a 7,5 out of 10. Finding this one very enjoyable. Thanks Andrew for sharing! Coming to the stores any time soon now, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. 
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