Mortlach Quick Dram scotch Sherry Speyside Tasting Notes

Quick Dram : Mortlach 1991/2008 C&S Dram Collection

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Mortlach is a distillery found in the heart of ‘Speyside’ whisky region, and located in the city of Dufftown (where 6 other well known distilleries are located). Founded at 1823 it is owned by Diageo, and most of its 6 Million litres of spirit (produced yearly) go into Diageo blends (mainly JW). Due to this it’s not easy finding a single malt by Mortlach. Mortlach whiskies are known for their Rich and ‘Beefy’ body and flavours, and use of high quality sherry casks.

I got this wee sample in a sample trade some months back, and didn’t get to try it until two days ago. I just finished making myself a very nice beef Entrecote, posted the image with my Iphone (using Fiddme – if you don’t know it, and you have an iphone. Get it. wonderful application), and asked what dram i should be drinking after this hefty meal. My whisky friend OK, replied immediately, that a Mortlach is a good option. I remembered that i had this sample sitting there, so i reached for it to try it, and as it turns out , this specific dram is what OK suggested I’d try. What can i say? Great minds think alike (and also, this was the only Mortlach i had handy…)

So dramming, begins!

Mortlach 1991/2008 C&S Dram Collection , Sherry Butt  4232 , 58% ABV

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Nose: Some toffee with balsamic and red fruit all mingled. quite alcoholic at CS… Green Grapes after being washed in water. Very nice and fragrant.

Palate : Big, Meaty stuff, chilly pepper and some black pepper too. One hell of a palate on this one.

Finish : Long , on the chilly peppers, some fruit, and wee wee smoke coming at you…. (when you don’t expect).

Bottom line:

All in all, a wonderful companion after a meaty dinner. This baby has a wonderful Big bodied profile, quite different than other Sherry casks I’ve tried from other distilleries. Worth a try, but not for everyone.

Slainte!

4 Comments

  1. Interesting notes on this one Gal. What do you mean on the nosing notes when you say fragrant? A combination of everything or something specific? I personally equate fragrant to flowers and perfume – but that’s just me, wondering what it means to you here.

    I am a big fan of Mortlach as it is almost always an interesting dram.

    Cheers,
    Chris

  2. Interesting notes on this one Gal. What do you mean on the nosing notes when you say fragrant? A combination of everything or something specific? I personally equate fragrant to flowers and perfume – but that's just me, wondering what it means to you here.

    I am a big fan of Mortlach as it is almost always an interesting dram.

    Cheers,
    Chris

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