A whisky from a share conducted a little while ago by Rob, a big-time Mortlach fan from the Netherlands. Actually the prospect of trying this sherried Mortlach from Adelphi—bottled almost 20 years ago and distilled almost 40—is very attractive, just wait till what I have in store for you next Wednesday. An epic old Mortlach from a legendary bottler.
For now though, we’ll make do with with this 19-year-old Mortlach from 1980, bottled by Adelphi, a legendary bottler in its own right. Not bad, not bad at all…
Mortlach 1980 19 Years Old (59.3%, Adelphi, C#2166)
Nose: Inviting and mature without very obvious oak or tannins. The balance is superb. Can’t imagine this is almost 60 percent, but it really says so on the label. There’s a soft floral hint and notes of pickled ginger, but also darker aromas. Polished leather, earthy dunnage notes, cherry syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Even a touch of soy.
Taste: Ah yes, now it shows its strength. The alcohol was hiding, I guess. Less obviously sherried than the nose, although still quite so. Ginger and chili pepper, with a whiff of leather, nutmeg and roasted peanut skins. Water brings out slightly fruitier and sweeter notes, with a hint of stewed apple and cherries.
Finish: Lingering spices. Medium in length.
Slightly aggressive on the palate, but the nose is absolutely world-class. A great dram that I’m glad to have tasted. Thanks for sharing, Rob!
You’re welcome, Thijs. Great to hear that you enjoyed this Mortlach. I’m looking forward to Wednesday (1962? Samaroli?).
That’ll be the Sestante 🙂