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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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Thursday, 13 February 2014


The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles some great whisky... and often a style of whisky that's not normally seen from the distillers themselves. Actually, its more the rule than the exception with the SMWS, like with this Mortlach from a refill bourbon hogshead - and a well aged one too... something we do not often see from the distillers.

Mortlach owners, Diageo is planning a major expansion of the site. Actually they're going to double the capacity. They will be doing a copy/paste of the existing facilities, Wee Witchie still and wormtubs included as soon as the planning permissions goes through. It will also be interesting to see what this does to the small Dufftown community, if anything... exciting times ahead!

Now onto the review...

Mortlach Warehouses, May 1st 2010 © The Malt Desk
Mortlach 1988 76.104 (05.10.1988/xx.xx.2013) 'Lucious, delicious and summery' 24yo, 48,5%, refill hogshead, 258 bottles, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Colour is straw

Vanilla, thick malt, light honey notes and after a while more mashy notes appear along with some overripe fruit notes, mainly apple and banana.

There's the tropical fruit and the vanilla from before. This is mouth coating with malt and cranberries, soft and non invasive - just mouth pleasing. Finish is long on ginger and sugared fruit gums and hints of orange.

A cracker!


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