Mortlach is a single malt that holds a special place in my heart. While my recent sensitivity to sulfur pretty much renders me unable to enjoy most sherry-influenced spirits these days, I can still remember the days when I first tried and enjoyed sherried Mortlachs bottled by independent bottlers
So just what is shochu? The easiest way to describe it is that it is probably Japan’s oldest spirit. Being a spirit, it is distilled. It can have many bases such as steamed rice, barley, sweet potato, kokuto, buckwheat, or even sesame. However, being a Japanese alcohol, it uses koji-kin.
It seems that the Irish whisky brands really took advantage of St. Patrick’s Day, with two consecutive weeks of virtual tastings with Irish whisky brands. The most recent one was with Teeling, hosted by Robert Caldwell.
Despite two duds in this review, R11.2 was enough of a bright spot. I’m going to repeat what I said in my SWMS C5 review: SMWS should put more focus on their Malternative releases to relieve some stress from the Scotch single malt releases.
Half of the Spot range from the New Midleton Distillery is finally in my local market. When the big boys decide to bring in a brand from their portfolio to the (usually very late) Philippines market, it means the brand is taking off in terms of allocation and popularity. Consequently, here I go with my first Irish whisky reviews on Malt.