First Impression: Three Rivers Tokyo Mortlach Aged 19 Years “The Dance”

[56.4%・19 Years Old・Distilled in 1995・Bottled in 2015・Three Rivers Tokyo Bottling・Single Cask Release of 242 Bottles]

Nose:

Nash pears coated in toffee sauce.  It has a creamy velvety vibe.  There is a hint of savoury note, partly from the wee smoke and a cooper coin note on the back end.

Palate & Finish:

The malty entry makes quite an impression, the natural sweetness from ripe tropical fruits oozes out in time with a sprinkle of hot chilli spices and the wood chiming in.  The delivery is elongated and it grows even sweeter in time with the creaminess from the barley supplementing.

The floral and malty notes provide for a finish that’s rich in barley sugar and dried apricots.  Just a lace of smoke to wrap things to a close.

Thoughts:

I am not used to a Mortlach being so elegant, it’s on the sweet side yet it still captures the distillery’s characters and they are well integrated to the dram.

-Nicholas