The semi-official Mortlach botting has a fantastic old-fashioned sherry nose. On the palate it displays prominent tannins but the richness of other flavours keeps it in balance. Not quite as “meaty” as other expressions – Rating: 86/100
This sherried Glenlivet needs some water to calm it down. Quite richly flavoured overall, but the nose is a bit pungent and the palate lacks an aromatic counterpart to the spices. Good, but not great. – Rating: 82/100
Just before Christmas I was enjoying a celebratory dram or three with my old friend Keith Wood of Whisky-Emporium.com and as often happens after a few Drams and when the night draws in, we set about putting the world, or at least whisky world, to rights.