Mortlach 1993 25 Years Old (Adelphi)
When Dave Broom reviews a whisky, and doles out 95 points, he’s got my attention. Now, at over 300 euro per bottle, I didn’t immediately run to the store, but when someone offered samples of the Mortlach 1993 25 Years Old by Adelphi, I jumped at the chance.
Mortlach 1993 25 Years Old (56.1%, Adelphi, C#4466)
Nose: Mild notes of apple compote, as well as kumquats and orange zest, but it also has a earthy quality, with soil and cigar tobacco. Good waxy features, as well as some soft floral and mineral notes, and a proper amount of honey, which reminds me of the Timorous Beastie 40yo.
Taste: Massively oily and waxy, with honeyed almonds and rich mangoes, as well as oranges. Some modest spices, mainly white pepper, but also lingering cigar tobacco and charred meat.
Finish: A whisper of menthol and wooden cigar box. Lingering sweetness.
While the nose is quite attractive in its own right, it is the palate that really brings down the house—or my house at least. In the vein of those delicious old undisclosed Speysiders, yet with a Mortlach twist. Thank you Rob, for sharing this!
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.