Whisky Review: Cadenhead Small Batch Mortlach Aged 20 Years



The journey begins with delightful waxy honeycomb and caramel notes. Juicy oranges meshes with light vanilla cream, tropical fruits and violets humming softly from behind. Summer Piña Colada. Not exactly heavy on the nose but the sweet fragrance is pleasantly robust.


The palate starts from liquid floral honey and proceeds to the fragrance of dried barley shell, some milkiness along the way plus a touch of orange peel and tropical fruits. Soft oak gets in touch for a moment and left behind a lovely buttery texture to enjoy.


An elusive finishing – it is there then it is not there but it is there… Mirages of tropical fruits, spice malt and vanilla blinks in and out, but the salivating sweetness is very real and persistent. Found the most delicate oak and malt in here, indulging finish.


Really, really enjoyable dram. More so when I sat down seriously, taste and jolt down notes. Delicate and sweet notes which are crafted to punch and unleashed in such a powerful style. Clean and unique flavours presented with good strength. I have done this review earlier than I have planned because guys from the Oak Barrel wanted to know how does this go. This Cadenhead delivered just the right stuff. Top dram!

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

[53.4% • 2015 • Independent Bottling • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Strength]