Tasting Notes / Bottles from Mortlach



Mortlach 12 Year Old Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
Mortlach 12 Year Old Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

The Douglas Laing and Co Premier Barrel range, in their cracking ceramic decanters, have had a makeover recently but this older bottling of Mortlach 12 Year old came to me as a sample from my son who sourced a bottle at auction.

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail)

With the new range of Mortlach official bottlings failing to impress pretty much everyone when we seen this Gordon and MacPhail version it was a must try.

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

My first review of a Mortlach whisky comes courtesy of a sample from Danny (@Dramstats) and is a cracker.

Mortlach 17yr 1997 PX Finish (Chieftans)
Mortlach 17yr 1997 PX Finish (Chieftans)

There are many independent bottlings of Mortlach, and this one from Ian MacLeods Chieftains Choice range is a delicious 17 year old finished in Pedro Ximinez casks.

Mortlach 1954 Rare Vintage (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlach 1954 Rare Vintage (Gordon and MacPhail)

The final dram on this Gordon and MacPhail Rare Vintages Tweet Tasting from The Whisky Wire was this 1954 Mortlach.

Mortlach 1971-1996 (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlach 1971-1996 (Gordon and MacPhail)

This was handed to me by a lovely customer at work, and is from a bottle distilled in 1971 and bottled in 1996.

Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

I had this thought in my head recently that i hadn't really had a lot of Mortlach, but then i checked out my reviews and actually I've had a fair amount of the Beast of Dufftown over the years but this 31 year old dram, matured in an refill sherry hogshead really has sparked my interest.

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 1997 14yr (Old Malt Cask)
Mortlach 1997 14yr (Old Malt Cask)

I picked up this Mortlach 14 year old, Old Malt Cask bottle on a trip to The Whisky Shop

Mortlach 1997 Port Finish (Malts of Scotland)
Mortlach 1997 Port Finish (Malts of Scotland)

I'm a huge fan of port matured or finished drams, i really enjoy the jam like qualities that they have and prefer the sweetness from them to the mostly spicy, nuty oloroso casks that many others prefer.

Mortlach 1998 (Signatory Vintage Whisky Exchange Exclusive)
Mortlach 1998 (Signatory Vintage Whisky Exchange Exclusive)

Another Exclusive to the chaps at The Whisky Exchange this 18 year old Mortlach was finished in a Sherry Butt for 54 months.

Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

With Tom out in Dublin and both of us invited to take part in the Douglas Laing #TasteTheRegions Twitter Tasting I stepped up to do some notes and that is where i tried this Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance

Mortlach 21 Year Old Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)
Mortlach 21 Year Old Directors Cut (Douglas Laing)

As a blogger I'm sometimes very lucky and get to taste some incredible whiskies, this time is no different as I taste the Mortlach 21 Year Old Directors Cut from Douglas Laing.

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.

Mortlach 75 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail Generations)
Mortlach 75 Year Old (Gordon and MacPhail Generations)

Sometimes things happen that make you take a double take or really blow you mind and this is one of them after being unable to make the launch event I was luckily sent a sample of this whisky from 1939.

Mortlach Special Strength
Mortlach Special Strength

I really wanted to dislike this dram due to the reduction to 50cl and the price point in Travel Retail

SMWS 76.108 Raspberry Ruffles
SMWS 76.108 Raspberry Ruffles

This dram from the distillery known as the Beast of Dufftown, is a perfect example of how brilliant single casks can be and how complex.

SMWS 76.110 Summer Fruit Salad With Cream
SMWS 76.110 Summer Fruit Salad With Cream

Another from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society whisky for a year selection from this year as July's bottle was this 76.110 Summer Fruit Salad With Cream .

SMWS 76.113 - John Barleycorn was a hero bold
SMWS 76.113 - John Barleycorn was a hero bold

Last night was the January Out-turn Preview Tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street and I was lucky enough to head along with my good friends David and Steven to what was a cracker o

SMWS 76.115 Glamping in a Yurt
SMWS 76.115 Glamping in a Yurt

This Scotch Malt Whisky Society 76.115 Glamping in a Yurt is a brilliant example of both the amazing value at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society but also the quality.