Mortlach 16- They call it the “Beast of Dufftown”, but that seems like a misnomer…..The decanter should be your first clue that character and quality are in store. I found a complex mixture of caramel and vanilla with a good whack of welcome power. Waves of nutmeg and sweet fruit surfaced mid taste along with some subtle pepper. As the “ Distillers Dram” would suggest, this is a top shelf whisky with a pedigree to boot. Deep amber with a delicate nose from sherry aging is just about perfect in your glass. When all is said and done however, “the beast” is docile and delish. The rich mouth feel and lingering finish are right up my alley and the whiff of smoke is transcendent. Highly recommended as your next special keeper and rated a solid 8 on the snob scale.