"Taken from a single very special 1995 Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso seasoned European Oak butt, this 25-Year-Old tames the meaty, robust strength of Mortlach. Known as ‘The Lone Wolf’ for standing out from the pack, this whisky is exceptionally complex and rich.”
Bottled: 19.01.21 | Single PX/Oloroso Seasoned European Oak Butt
Number Bottled: 454 | Dufftown, Speyside
“This is a rare opportunity to glimpse a nobler, deeper side to the whisky famous as “The Beast of Dufftown”. It comes from a single very special 1995 Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso seasoned European Oak butt. Not merely the last of its kind, it was always marked for greatness during its time maturing in Warehouse No. 3 at Mortlach distillery. Known as ‘The Lone Wolf’ because it stood out from the pack as being exceptionally complex and richly individual in character.
As we have carefully watched over it, this cask has done a striking job of taming the meaty, robust muscularity of Mortlach, which can come to dominate older expressions. The result is deep in aroma and flavour, yet is even smoother and richer in texture. A remarkable dram that holds sweetness and spice in perfect balance, and gives away nothing to the years.
At natural strength, the aromas are rich and complex, with a succession of fruity and fragrant notes. The texture is creamy-smooth. A very sweet, fruity and luscious start leads into a malt that is deliciously rich and full flavoured, letting these traits shine; the whole impression is proud, rounded and balanced.
Lightly oaky and very lightly drying, it has well-controlled tannins. A drop of water evens it out, the sweetness still balanced by fruity acidity. It is, quite simply, delicious; a magnificent, many-layered mature malt with a character as individual as that of the uniquely complex distillery in which it was made.”
- Maureen Robinson, Master Blender