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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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Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Not long ago, I reviewed a Mortlach from one of my favourite bottlers, Cadenhead. This time, I'll be reviewing one from another favourite bottler of mine, Adelphi...

This expression, I tried at the whisky fair in Dufftown during the Spirit of Speyside Festival in May 2014 and it made me want go buy at bottle immediately, even if it carried a hefty price tag of around £125...

The famous cooling wormtubs of Mortlach - and also a not so pretty angle of the distillery
May 4th 2014 © The Malt Desk

Mortlach 1987 26yo 56,8%, Refill ex-sherry American oak hogshead#3103, 200 bottles, Adelphi

Colour is light amber

Very easy going to begin with a slight fruity, earthy and hint of yeasty note... but after a short while it start to take off, showing multi fruit juice, vanilla, pineapple, oranges and honey'ed notes. It carries that thick Mortlach less-than-subtlety through to your nose in a very civilised manner.... very nice :-)

Huge on tropical fruits, thick mouth feel, oranges, more pineapple, mango, passion fruits, ginger, bit of grass and then a spicy oak rush to make sure the whole thing doesn't get too sweet. Finishes on a fruity/floral burst with ginger shortbread and hint of coconut and salt licorice.

Just delicious!


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