Mortlach 1980 19 Years Old (Adelphi)
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!
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.