Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Deactivated Member » Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:53 am

Well done toeveryone for a good evening / afternoon.

Sorry I left early, but I have just re-read all the notes and yes, you managed to find a lot of different bottlings and, so it seems, not a single bad one.

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:49 pm

Hi folks, looks like you had a great time, sorry I missed it but will be back soon with a few of my own tasting notes, Cheers Steve

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby orangedogofglory » Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:29 am

quite a bit late here - ended up having a dentist appt at the "official" start time - then caught up with other matters. sorry to all! but, here are my notes, nonetheless.

Signatory Vintage Mortlach
Distilled: 10/5/1991
Bottled: 25/9/2006
Matured in: Hogshead
Cask No: 4164
Bottle No: 91 of 366
ABV: 43%

very very mild. almost too drinkable. the alcohol burn is non-existent, and this is one of the few sherry malts where the sherry isn't overpowering. there is a light hint of peat, definitely some spice - maybe pepper, some bready fruity notes - like fruitcake, also seems to be a light hint of cane sugar. the finish highlights spicy and grassy notes. wow, a different take on speyside for me.

The next, courtesy of ryguy:
Mortlach 10 YR, SMWS 76.50, 59.8% ABV

initial aroma and taste of burnt wood, a sweet note of vanilla, strong spice - I added some water and the sweet aromas burst out - strong fruits, a decent amount of oak and some mild grassy notes

very pleased with my samples from this distillery, and thanks again to ryguy!

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:09 pm

Ok favorites, hmmmm....here goes. :mrgreen:

I really enjoyed the 12yo Murray McDavid Syrah. Very sweet and extremely drinkable!

The 16yo Andreas Jacobs bottling blew my mind, I really liked this one. Lots of flavor and very powerful!

The SMWS 76.37 really stood out as having the biggest sherry influence, especially for only 13yo. An extremely tasty dram!

The 15yo OB, Sig 15yo, and 16yo F&F were all very enjoyable, and really drinkable. All could easily be everyday drams for me. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

The other two I tasted were my bottles, so I won't comment on those. :oops:

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby orangedogofglory » Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:32 pm

both of my samples were quite enjoyable - Mortlach is certainly on my radar. But being I had a selection of two, I don't think I'm qualified to name a favorite.

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby lohssanami » Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:55 am

I'm bummed I didn't get to a computer on the 23rd as my day got more booked than I realized. A car show (Alameda County) in the AM, followed by a BBQ that lasted into the evening, topped off by picking my parents up at the airport at 11:30PM.

Somewhere along the line, I got sick, but I will take advantage of the sample orangedog sent me and put in my notes tomorrow or Thursday when I imbibe.

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Wave » Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:12 am

My favorite of the night was Mortlach 17yo 1989 Signatory Vintage Cask Strength, the Binny's hand-picked. I've been getting into Refill sherry cask matured Speysides lately and that one emphasizes the reason of why I'm getting to love this style of single malt above all.

Cheers!

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:42 am

Sorry for not making the official tasting evening and for the delay. Here are my brief Mortlach tasting notes. They are brief because I started writing them out on the Post Reply page. When I was ready to post, they had vanished into thin air (a bit like the whisky I have been drinking)

G&M 15 years old 43%

I enjoyed the nose on this whisky but found the taste and finish too dry and astringent for my liking

Flora and Fauna 16 years old 43%

Very enjoyable. A touch of the cough medicine about this one (in a pleasant way). I have found variations in this bottling from batch to batch. This bottling is one I have to be in the mood for (almost finished).

G&M 1970 43% (no bottling date but probably over 30 years old)

The best of the evening. Similar in profile to the Flora and Fauna but the extra age adds depth, finesse, complexity and smoothness.

Duncan Taylor & Co, 1993, 14 years old, 46% abv (special bottling for the Grill pub in Aberdeen)

Oh dear oh dear. Awful. I have 30 ml left if anyone is brave enough to try the most evil Mortlach ever.

Berry Bros & Reid, 15 years old, 56.4%

Like the G&M 15 year old, I enjoyed the nose on this whisky but found the taste and finish too dry and astringent for my liking

Overall - There are undoubtedly good and bad Mortlachs out there. I found it wanting with the bottlings I chose. I would recommend trying the G&M 1970.


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