Some great Mortlach have come out of Adelphi’s stable, including this sister cask of the whisky I’m reviewing today. It’s a weird realisation that today’s Mortlach 1987 26 Years was bottled almost a decade ago. Shit, I’m getting old.
I’m going to be honest with you, because I can’t really be bothered to write a longer preamble for this blog post. Instead we’ll just dive right in. This Mortlach is too appealing to keep waiting anyway.
Mortlach 1987 26 Years (56.8%, Adelphi, C#3103)
Nose: A bit shy maybe, but the orange skin, wet pebbles, pineapple and melted butter stand out. Given some more time there’s also plenty of green apple parts, fennel and pear skin. Finally some sweet pastry. Not very beastly maybe, but certainly very good and balanced. Taste: Yes! Absolutely top-notch. Thick mouthfeel with a nice balance between sweetness and acidity. Tinned peaches, tangerine, pink grapefruit. Some punchy spices, but never too dominant, always in harmony. Subtle charred oak and soft notes of walnuts. Finish: Sweet and spicy with tropical fruits and chalk. Long.
For a minute there I thought they had tamed the beast. The nose is very gentle. But the palate more than made up for it without ever becoming unapproachable. A fantastic Mortlach, just like that sister cask Adelphi bottled around the same time.