Diageo has released Mortlach Midnight Malt 30 Years Old for an RRP of £3,700 (US$4,500).Sitting at 49.1% ABV, Mortlach Midnight Malt was initially aged in refill American oak and European oak casks. The whisky was then split into three different seasoned casks: Bordeaux wine, Calvados and Guatemalan rum. Finally, the liquid was married in custom quarter casks. Dr Craig Wilson, Diageo master of malt, said: “There is an art and science to the creation of whisky, born of an unabating quest to wield flavour – a journey that is complex, evolving into unknown directions, only to finally reveal itself as the patient labour of visionary at work.” Tasting notes for the new expression include aromas of herbal top notes, suggesting pork crackling and dry sage. The palate is said to be ‘richly winey’, with apple, spicy intensity and black pepper. The finish is long, sweet and has a peppery spice. Water softens the whisky, while retaining its sweetness and bringing some mint chocolate. In other whisky news, this week SB revealed the medal winners from a trio of whisky blind tastings: The American Whiskey Masters, The Irish Whiskey Masters, and The World Whisky Masters. Furthermore, Brown-Forman revealed plans to invest more than £30 million in the GlenDronach distillery in Scotland.