Diageo is set to launch the final bottling in its limited edition Game of Thrones Single Malt Collection, a 15-year-old Mortlach whisky. The new whisky, called Six Kingdoms – Mortlach Single Malt Scotch Whisky Aged 15 Years, is the ninth (twelfth?) and final bottling to join the Game of Thrones-inspired range.
What’s in the bottle with this one? 15 year old Mortlach that has been matured in first-fill sherry-seasoned casks and finished in American Oak ex-bourbon casks, an odd spin on the more expected method of aging in bourbon barrels and finishing in sherry.
Let’s venture back into Westeros for one last drink, shall we?
On the nose, it’s all bourbon-soaked Speyside, heavy on the wood. Notes of camphor, when combined with the wood, give this a certain austere and subdued aromatic profile. On the palate, the whisky comes fully alive. The old Mortlach vibe kicks in — thanks to the sherry influence — and pours on the flavor. Classic citrus and roasted nut notes pave the way to an iconic blend of nougat, lemon peel, salted caramel, and a hint of green herbs. Fresh as a daisy, it finishes with some heat and a reprise of orange peel and some Christmas spice.