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Gordon & Macphail Distillery Labels Mortlach 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 43%
The Mortlach style is typically masculine, full bodied and plush with dried fruits. This edition from independent bottlers, Gordon & Macphail was drawn from first fill & refill Sherry casks.
Notes from the botter... Nose: Distinctly malty initially with fresh aromas of a woodland hedgerow, delicate Sherry notes linger and weave with rich indulgent toffee, sweet liquorice, and orange marmalade. Taste: Reminiscent of a black forest cake: the initial sweetness develops into fruity blackcurrant jam, maraschino cherry, and creamy vanilla. Freshly peeled orange notes add a fresh lift. Finish: Well rounded: hints of of candied citrus fruits and oak complement the lingering malty edge.Tasting note from the previous release... Bright gold. A sherry infused bouquet is accompanied by subdued notes apple and pear, hints of ginger biscuit and cereals. Light entry builds into a medium weight malt that's mildly fruity, with a delicately spicy flourish, a trace of sulphur and ginger biscuit on the finish. Attractive, deftly balanced and typically Mortlach. 92 points 43% Alc./Vol. Amongst the nine distilleries around Dufftown, Mortlach meaning 'bowl-shaped valley", is the oldest. The second is Glenfiddich, founded by William Grant who was production manager at Mortlach.The distillery was created by James Findlater and two of his friends, Donald McIntosh and Alexander Gordon on a ground hired from the Earl of Mactuff. The creation date is not known for certain, but the license was officially delivered in 1823 making it the first legal distillery in Dufftown.,p> Mortlach was later taken over by John Gordon who marketed its whisky under the name "The real John Gordon". More recently, the distillery has been sold to Johnnie Walker & co. Walker joined DCL which became SMD before being integrated with UDV. A new distillery was built in 1964, but the old stills were still used. Presently, Mortlach is owned by Diageo. It remains a key component for the Johnnie Walker blends. The water used in the mash comes from the nearby Conval Hills and is said to add a distinctive note to the malt.