Mortlach 70yo 1938/2008 (46.1%, “Generations”, Gordon & MacPhail, 2010) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Mortlach 70yo 1938/2008 (46.1%, “Generations”, Gordon & MacPhail, 2010)

The nose is delightful, gentle fruit, plump raisins, fruit cake, light bees wax, sherry and Christmas cake. Old cabinets and wooden musical instruments. All very well integrated along with the ‘antique’ aromas one often associates with more juvenile whiskies, say in their early 30’s. One is apt to think it noses much younger than its age however a reference point is lacking since this is the first 70yo single malt! The taste is very nice, warming, mouth filling, sweet and sour, some sherry and then some dry oak however it is not overly oaked, just perfect. There is also some spice and gentle leather. There are also some earthy moments tinged with spice. The finish is very long and warming with some sweetness followed by some slightly sour cherries and then some really great moments of cocoa and an ever so slight hint of mocha. After a few minutes some malt makes an appearance as well as some of the raisins. The finish is very, very long which is nice.

Well, what a fine dram and most definitely well worth the wait. This whisky is still alive, most definitely not over oaked and complex with all the notes that one associates with older quality drams. Very reminiscent of fine Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings in the 30 to 38 year range.

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Score 92 Points


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