Mortlach 28, 1974-2003, 51.1% – Prenzlow Portfolio Collection

Another Mortlach but one from a completely different caliber than the 17 year old from David Stirk. I got a sample of this bottle from Mister Maltstock, Teun van Wel, who happily sells samples from his vast collection to everybody who’s interested.

I agreed with him to go over to his house and have a night of nice drams about 4 years ago but so far, we haven’t been able to set a date (mostly because of me not always being able or willing to drive across the country). I just might have to rekindle that agreement!

Mortlach 28 - Jack Wieber's Prenzlow Portfolio Collection. Image from Whiskybase.

Mortlach 28 – Jack Wieber’s Prenzlow Portfolio Collection. Image from Whiskybase.

Sniff:
Vanilla and oak, with resin, was and ginger. There’s a minty freshness in it as well, with white pepper for some heat. It’s gentle but quite heavy. Exactly as Mortlach is supposed to be.

Sip:
The palate is sweet and creamy with black pepper. There’s ginger and nutmeg with vanilla and some woody bitterness. If you let it swim for a bit it’ll go flat after a few seconds, which is a bummer.

Swallow:
The finish seems a bit thin at first and the flavour composition is similar to before. Also, it doesn’t last very long.

I might be having an off day, but I expected more of this Mortlach. It’s a nice whisky, but at this age there are better ones out there, although they might be more expensive as well. This used to come in around € 130, which is fairly affordable for a whisky of this age.

Anyway, I’m not as thrilled as I expected to be. Bummer.

Mortlach 28, 1974-2003, 51.1%, Jack Wieber’s Prenzlow Portfolio Collection, used to cost € 130.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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