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!
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.
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.
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.