Mortlach 12 years Wee Witchie ReviewEdit Post
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I picked up this Mortlach 12 years Wee Witchie for two reasons. The first being I thought it would be a good whisky for the House Bolton Game Of Thrones Whisky. When the SCWC tasted through the whole lineup we wanted to have a bonus whisky with a custom label from Michael Ries Design. So we chose House Bolton and I chose Mortlach 12 to go in the bottle. Why? Because why not?
The second reason I picked it up was curiosity: I wanted to see what Diageo was doing with Mortlach these days besides dumping it into Johnny Walker. I’ve had some stellar Mortlach in my time, mostly ex-sherry, and I was hoping they tried to capture some of that past glory here. Details in the Scotch review below.
Mortlach 12 yo Wee Witchie Review: Details and Tasting Notes
“An ode to our smallest yet most essential still, the “Wee Witchie”, this 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been double cask matured in both European and American oak to enhance the distinctively rich and robust character that makes Mortlach whiskies legendary.”
Details (price, mash bill, cask type, ABV, etc.)
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry
Age: 12 Years
Honey, dried orchard fruit, spice, malt, yellow raisins and bits of pear juice, cocoa and cinnamon.
Toffee, dried orchard fruit, spice, malt, yellow raisins and a bit of vanilla, cocoa and buttery nuts.
Med-short -> Malt, dried orchard fruit and spice.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Ok balance, medium body and a light “smooth” feel.
Mortlach 12 Years Wee Witchie Review: Overall and Score
The aroma is sweet and malty, but not very complex; Palate is a near copy and remains sweet and malty, but not very complex or overly interesting; Finish toes the line. All in all, it’s a light basic witch whisky.
Especially for an OB expression the Mortlach 12 years Wee Witchie is not terrible, I was expecting far worse, It’s just a bit weak and underwhelming. I’d like more sherry, I’d like more oomph, I’d like more of that heavy Mortlach character that, when it’s on display, hits you like a velvet sledgehammer. This hits like an inflatable reflex hammer.
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Mortlach 12 Years Wee Witchie Review Summary
It’s a bit underwhelming and understated, but not at all terrible; boring, but not bad.