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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Monday, 4 February 2013


I mentioned the Spirit of Speyside Festival in one of the previous posts and the festival is one of the only opportunities you have to get in and visit the iconic Mortlach Distillery in Dufftown.

Granted, getting souvenir pictures with you from there is now impossible since Diageo enforced at strict no cellphone/camera zone inside their distilleries (since 2011) - because 'it may cause sparks !!!' Other distilleries like and even a gas fired one like Glenfarclas don't care about pics being taken, although they do kindly ask you to keep your flash off...

Anyway, back in the spring 2010 where the below picture was taken, no such ban was in effect during the 7 Stills tour of Dufftown, which included several Diageo distilleries, but when I was back in 2011 things had changed... Diageo claims its an insurance issue, but maybe they just don't want people to wander off on their own photo shoot during tours.

I was also told 'no pictures' at the Benromach Distillery in August 2012 when on tour there... although our tour guide did look a bit embarrassed when the manager entered the still room with a pro photographer, just as we were leaving...

Anyway, my guess is that we probably will get to take photos in fewer and fewer places from now on...

Mortlach still house - Spirit of Speyside Spring Festival 2010 © The Malt Desk
Mortlach 1986 76.94 (24.04.1986) 26yo 'Totally flavoursome' 59,4% refill ex-bourbon hogshead, 249 bottles, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Colour is full straw

Tropical fruits, honey, mild oak and creamy vanilla, heavy bourbon notes and loads of oily barley thickness.

Wow this is malty to the degree of musty ale notes appearing, spices, mild (chili?) pepper, fruits galore. A very balanced and beautiful Mortlach this one!


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