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October 28, 2021


Particular Releases (and Halloween) Particular,

as we speak the Mortlach

The Beast of Dufftown and its Wee Witchie on the tasting desk once more! However let’s first discover a bit of apéritif al pure, should you do not thoughts…

Wee Witchie
Mortlach’s low wines nonetheless No.1 A.Ok.A. The Wee Witchie, the smallest spirit nonetheless amongst 3 of them, which takes the tails from wash stills No.1 and No. 2. A.F.A.I.Ok. (Diageo) ->

Mortlach 10 yo 2009/2019 (57.6%, Van Wees, The Ultimate, hogshead, cask #301453, 304 bottles)

Mortlach 10 yo 2009/2019 (57.6%, Van Wees, The Final, hogshead, cask #301453, 304 bottles) Three stars and a half

Color: pale white wine. Nostril: it’s a type of extraordinarily chalky Mortlachs, filled with ashes, chalk certainly, scoria, concrete mud, flints, gunpowder… Some porridge too. Reasonably for die-hard whisky lovers which are (additionally) into ascetism, I might say. With water: some paraffin, plasticine, carbon mud, sourdough, grass juice… Mouth (neat): unusually salty, ueber-grassy, peppery, austere. Lemon skins. In brief, extra ascetism. With water: sweeter and fruitier however relatively all on lemon drops and white peaches. All types of peppers roaring within the background. End: lengthy, sharp, peppery and grassy. A bit sugarcane syrup and limoncello within the aftertaste (hurray!) Feedback: jogs my memory a bit right here and there of the primary file by La Monte Younger that I ever purchased. The principle distinction being that so far as I can bear in mind, I by no means purchased every other file by La Monte Younger.

SGP:371 – 83 factors.

Mortlach 13 yo 'The Moonlit Beast' (55.9%, OB, Special Release 2021, Untold Legends)

Mortlach 13 yo ‘The Moonlit Beast’ (55.9%, OB, Particular Launch 2021, Untold Legends) Four stars

Ex-virgin and refill American oak. As a matter of reality, and you can’t make this up, I simply slept ‘with’ a pack of European gray wolves in a powerful lodge in Lorraine. Great animals however boy are they noisy at evening!  Color: white wine. Nostril: one other one which’s fairly sharp and austere at first, chalky, waxy, grassy, the primary distinction being that many extra fruits would then come out, mainly white and yellow peaches, then muesli and one thing like rhubarb jam. I might suppose it is the virgin oak that imparted extra ‘sweetness’. With water: porridge, damp oatcakes and plain sourdough. Uncooked wool. Gone are the fruits. Mouth (neat): as soon as once more, identical model as that of the Final, solely with extra fruitiness, on this very case extra lemons. With water: superb now, tight for positive however with a variety of lemon, gooseberries, inexperienced plums and rhubarb, plus a bit of muscovado sugar to spherical this off. Nonetheless, great tightness. End: lengthy, grassier, with notes of inexperienced tea and walnut skins. Loses part of its fruitiness. Chalky aftertaste. Feedback: showcase dry un-sherried and un-meaty Mortlach.

SGP:561 – 86 factors.

Let’s make this a trio, with an outdated sherried one…

Mortlach 31 yo 1987/2018 (54%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, refill sherry hogshead, batch #18/061, 200 bottles)

Mortlach 31 yo 1987/2018 (54%, Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Alternative, refill sherry hogshead, batch #18/061, 200 bottles) Five stars

Color: darkish amber. Nostril: Mortlach as most of us realize it, that’s to say with a bit of gunpowder and even struck matches, plus savoury notes, a fatness, some espresso and a few chocolate, a bit of glutamate, and one thing barely metallic, round outdated copper cash. Actually, appears like residence to many older whisky lovers – and the other of recent bourbonised malts. With water: marrow soup, dried porcinis, cigars, umami sauce, crude chocolate, prunes, hoisin sauce… I am positive you may quaff this with Peking duck. Mouth (neat): splendid old-skool sherried Mortlach, which is fairly old-G&M too, I might add. Gorgeous uncooked espresso beans and black chocolate, with a drop of Worcester sauce, Bovril, and simply bits of pipe tobacco. Very tertiary. With water: salt, bouillon, outdated walnuts, fino sherry, black pepper, correct espresso, extra chocolate, a wee spoonful of onion soup… End: lengthy and certainly splendid, with a number of increased notes, maybe wild strawberries, pomegranates, ganache… All that mingled with some excellent chocolate. Espresso-y aftertaste. Feedback: extraordinarily and authentically Jerezian. Gorgeous outdated Mortlach by a few of the greatest Mortlach specialists.

SGP:562 – 91 factors.








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