Tasting Notes / Bottles by Morrison & Mackay



Benriach 1990 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Benriach 1990 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

I’m a big fan of the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask series, lots of great casks packed full of flavour and bottled at the right time.

Bowmore 26yr 1991 The Chairman’s Legacy (Carn Mor Bequest)
Bowmore 26yr 1991 The Chairman’s Legacy (Carn Mor Bequest)

This limited edition Bowmore made up from four casks from 1991 marks the retirement of Morrison and Mackays chairman Brian Morrison

Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

When it comes to old Caol Ila it can go one of two ways, either gentle ash notes, or it can go pretty tropical fruit juice like, almost UM Bongo like.

Dailuaine 4 Year Old Strictly Limited (Carn Mor)
Dailuaine 4 Year Old Strictly Limited (Carn Mor)

I like it when whisky companies have the balls (sorry I know that’s not entirely PC but it’s the best term for it) to put the age of a young whisky. Not many do it, mainly independents when they are or bottles like Kilchoman who did this for some time.

Glenlossie 1997 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Glenlossie 1997 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Glenlossie 1997, from cask number 6749) is a tasty example from this distillery that i've only ever had before as an SMWS dram.

Glenrothes 2006 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Glenrothes 2006 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Glenrothes 2006 is a young 11 years old, quite unusual for the Celebration of the Cask range, but is full of flavour.

Glentauchers 6yr Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)
Glentauchers 6yr Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)

When there's a reasonably priced dram of whisky and it's young (6 years old) many people will turn their nose up at it but the Strictly Limited range from Carn Mor, Provenance range from Douglas Laing and Hepburns Choice range from Hunter Laing are showing that young whiskies can be damn tasty.

Knockdhu 6yr Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)
Knockdhu 6yr Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)

When there's a reasonably priced dram of whisky and it's young (6 years old) many people will turn their nose up at it but the Strictly Limited range from Carn Mor, Provenance range from Douglas Laing and Hepburns Choice range from Hunter Laing are showing that young whiskies can be damn tasty.

Linkwood 1996 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Linkwood 1996 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

When whisky that isn't that old, like this one in its early twenties, and the abv is as low as this you know that the cask has been either leaky or active.

Macallan 1992 Black Gold (Morrison and Mackay)
Macallan 1992 Black Gold (Morrison and Mackay)

Black a Gold is the best of the best from the Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask series from Morrison and Mackay and with a Macallan that’s 25/26 years old and single cask you know why it’s in this series.

Mannochmore 1990 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Mannochmore 1990 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

Mannochmore is a distillery that only really gets to spread its wings and shine through independent bottlers as the majority of it’s production is used for blending with it being one of the core drams in Ballantines blended whiskies.

Mortlach 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Mortlach 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this Mortlach 1995 is one from the range that really had me excited.

Mortlach 6yr 2006 Vintage Collection (Morrison and Mackay)
Mortlach 6yr 2006 Vintage Collection (Morrison and Mackay)

This sample came from my good friend Barry at The Whiskyphiles, and is from a 200ml bottle fromt he Carn Mor Vintage collection, a young 6 year old Mortlach distilled in 2006.

Riverflow (Morrison & Mackay)
Riverflow (Morrison & Mackay)

i've had a few drams from Independent Bottle Morrison & Mackay in the past, many of which I haven't reviewed as they were sampled at festivals and events, so it's about time i spent more time drinking and reviewing them.

Teaninich 10 Year Old Carn Mor Strictly Limited (Morrison and Mackay)
Teaninich 10 Year Old Carn Mor Strictly Limited (Morrison and Mackay)

Teaninich, which is still a distillery i struggle to say properly, tends to be used for blends so finding single malts tend to be from independent bottlers like this example of 720 bottles from 2 hogsheads.

The Big Strand (Morrison & Mackay)
The Big Strand (Morrison & Mackay)

A heavily peated Islay single malt from an unnamed distillery at a reasonable price, yup i'm up for trying that.

Tomatin 1987 Vintage Collection Carn Mor (Morrison and Mackay)
Tomatin 1987 Vintage Collection Carn Mor (Morrison and Mackay)

Carn Mor, the range of independent bottlings from Morrison Mackay have seen a number of versions, there's the Strictly limited range, the celebration of the cask range and there was the 20cl bottles from the Vintage collection and thats where this Tomatin 1987 comes from.

Westport 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)
Westport 1995 Celebration of the Cask (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackays Celebration of the Cask range this single cask blended malt Westport from 1995 is typical of the distillery making up most of this.

Williamson 2010 Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)
Williamson 2010 Strictly Limited (Morrison & Mackay)

From the Morrison & Mackay Strictly Limited range this is a 6 year old from a single sherry butt, but thats where it gets complicated as this is actually a blended malt!