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Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:37 am

Mortlach 10yo ( 59.8%, SMWS, Cask #76.50, Sept-1996 )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Flowers, some honey and also vanilla.

Palate: Sweet with more floral notes, some citrus fruits and still a bit of dryness.

Finish: Medium to long, sweet and citrusy.

A peculiar Mortlach, nice, but after tasting several earlier, I def prefer the sherried ones over the bourbon.
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:38 am

Good evening Wave, glad to have you back! :smoke:
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Wave » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:39 am

ryguy wrote:Good evening Wave, glad to have you back! :smoke:

Good to be back m8!

Cheers!
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Wave » Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:52 am

mikeymad wrote:Welcome back Wave... nice HB addition there

Cheers,

My second HB of the day, it's younger 'brother' was nice too. :D

Cheers!
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:01 am

Mortlach 15yo ( 43%, Signatory Vintage, 5.10.91/9.25.06, Sherry Hogshead Cask #4164, 91/366 )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Very dried hay, almost burnt-like, also with some floral notes.

Palate: Dry, more grassiness, malty. Not much of the sherry coming through.

Finish: Medium finish with some lemons and a tad of spice.

Another interesting and completely different Morty, still very enjoyable! Looks like Ras may have tried this same one earlier. Many thanks again to Orangedog for this sample!!
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:15 am

Mortlach 16yo 1988 ( 59.8%, Andreas Jacobs, Edition 1 - 2004 Raritaten )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Sweet candied oranges.

Palate: This just explodes on the palate! Very powerful mix of dried fruits, some vanilla/toffee. A couple drops of water makes this even more wonderfully sweet and tasty.

Finish: Lonnng and just really really good! Loads of fruits mixing it up and more vanilla.

Thanks to Mikeymad for this sample!!
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Wave » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:59 am

Mortlach 17yo 1989 Signatory Vintage Cask Strength 56.9%
Refill Sherry (A Binny's hand-picked cask)
Glass: (as has been all day) A Caol Ila Glencairn (that's Ok isn't it? :mrgreen: )

C: Bronze
N: Caramel apples and some sherry overtones. Sprightly.
P: Very creamy and mouth-coating, baked cinnamon apples
F: Chewy and throat-coating like drinking clovered honey, liquorish. sherry notes come through in the end

The best of the day! This is the one I thought about when the Mortlach poll was taking place. Simply a phenomenal whisky!

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:02 am

Sure sounds good Wave!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Ryguy » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:05 am

Mortlach 12yo 1993 ( 46%, Murray McDavid, Bourbon/Syrah Enhanced in Syrah Guigal Cotes Rotie cask, /1800 bottles, in tube )

Glass: SMWS Glass

Nose: Rich and sweet, with dried dark fruits.

Palate: Tasty stuff! Very sweet and dry, with lots of dried fruits and spice.

Finish: Long and wonderful with candied oranges and other sweet dried fruits.

Thanks again to Mikeymad and Ganga for this sample!!!
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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Wave » Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:34 am

mikeymad wrote:Good call Wave.. on the Binnys

Looks like an easy future purchase....

Cheers,

Yeah and this one is still available there and at a decent price too! I'll probably end up getting a couple more bottles to augment the second bottle I have in reserve. 8)

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Re: Mortlach Tasting - 23rd August - 7pm

Postby Wave » Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:43 am

And with that I bid you all a goodnight. Sleep well all but with all he whisky that's been tasted tonight I don't think that'll be much of a problem. :wink:

Wave out!
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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.

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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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