Wemyss Malts Stem Ginger Preserve (distilled at Mortlach) 1995, 46%

Price: $133 Issue: Fall 2015 Reviewer: Dave Broom

This is Mortlach in musing mode. An aroma that initially brings to mind a woolen mill, then opens into sweet spice, light syrup, with the sense of the distillery's weight always present. A rippling kind of muscularity with some rapeseed oil. With water the palate starts lighter and more fruity than you'd expect, then comes rooty weight with, yes, a distinctly gingery slant. Water shows more beeswax/honeycomb. Substantial and spicy.£85