Next in my Old Particular trio is a Mortlach from their ‘regions’ series – from Speyside. I will admit it has been some time since I settled down with a Mortlach. I’ve had some quite lovely independent bottles (including a 37 year old!) and a rather disappointing official bottling – primarily due to its price. I was curious to see what this one from Douglas Laing delivered…
Mortlach 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 13061) 48.4%
- Nose – Pears and orchard fruits, juicy and fruity, ripe sour cherries, lemon curd
- Palate – A bit of chilli spice, dark fruits, reminded me a bit of cinnamon rolls, malty
- Finish – Again back to a spice chaser, warming
- Water – Don’t mind if I do! opens it up nicely, balanced it
In truth, I wish I had more than a small sample as it needed time and a splash of water to open up.
As for tasting notes? Here is what the folks over at Master of Malt had to say:
A single cask single malt from the Beast of Dufftown (AKA Mortlach), distilled back in March 2009 and left in a refill hogshead to mature. It was bottled 10 years later in March 2019 by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular series, with just 167 bottles produced at 48.4% ABV.
- Nose: Strawberry laces, Portuguese tarts and cereal with milk.
- Palate: Barley sugar and cinnamon butter, leading into syrup sponge and orange marmalade.
- Finish: Toasty oak and more baking spice, with a hint of porridge.
And what about previous brushes with Mortlach?
- 15 year “Totally Tastylicious” (30 Sep 2001) 57.8% (SMWS 76.131)
- 15 year 43% (G&MP)
- 37 year (1976/2013) 43% (G&MP)
- Mortlach NAS 49%
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