Mar 6, 2013

Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive Mortlach 21yo...

Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive Mortlach 21yo (46.0%): This whisky is a very limited Mortlach expression from G&M bottled exclusively for World of Whiskies to be sold in their UK travel retail stores only. As you will guess it is a single cask distilled in June 1990 and bottled in August 2012. It spent its entire life in a refill sherry butt numbered 4396 which yielded 684 bottles. Cannot wait to taste... So, here we go, drum rolls please... Color: Clear orange blossom honey color with visible thick slow moving legs. Nose: Quince jam with cloves and warm apple compote. Sweet crunchy malted barley, milk chocolate and lavender. Very distant peat smoke blended with damp rich black garden humus. Palate: Incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Syrupy with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Greek baklava, Christmas cake, flamed orange zest, over-brewed sweet black tea and wet tobacco. I feel like I just walked in an old Scottish pub out in the country when it's pouring outside. There is a roaring fire place across the bar and an empty old leather couch in front of it. What else could I dream of? Finish: Goes on and on and on with white pepper and cinnamon. Overall: When I was tasting this dram I remembered Chris Hoban's post on Edinburgh Whisky Blog titled "Is Mortlach another style?" and read it again. Definitely true... Mortlach is a beast of its own and I am a big fan of it. After so many years I still didn't come across a disappointing expression. Many many thanks to Teresa Hartmann for the best house warming gift ever..!