With a name that could have been that of the cantankerous, long-lost second cousin of Albus Dumbledore, this whisky is a piece of interesting, if not impressive, alchemy: on the nose, aromas of apricots and manchego cheese penetrate deep into the sinuses, as if via an enchanted neti pot. The mouth is smooth and very balanced, with flavors of lemon tea and oak sawdust, alongside the distinct sensation of a team of house elves taking an orbital auto buffer to the inside of your mouth—as they smoke tiny amaretto cigarillos. The finish is long and extremely pleasant, like the aftertaste of an apricot-flavored version of Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction taken upon finalizing a most welcome divorce. And as the potion takes full effect, you can’t help but feel your mind moved to happier pastures, filled with manchego ewes, apricot gnus, poietikos nous and pathetikos nous, and stunning views.
On the scale of great names for wizards—
The Mortlach 15 from Gordon & MacPhail is Tim—the hilarity of the brevity of his name is surpassed only by the centrality of his role in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: if it weren’t for him, the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog might have taken out the entire Round Table.
—Thanks to our good friends at Loch Fyne for their support in getting us this dram!