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Mortlach 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml) - Minor label damage
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- ABV 43%
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.
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. The water used in the mash comes from the nearby Conval Hills and is said to add a distinctive note to the malt.
Tasting note: Deep, burnished copper colour. Nosing reveals an immediate and profound Sherry influence led by rich, sweet scents of dried fruits followed by roasted nuts, vanilla and clove. The palate reflects the aroma with mouthfilling, medium dry flavours of juicy barley and delicate spice wrapped in a remarkably soft, almost creamy texture. The subtle honey/oatmeal finish also suggests the faintest trace of peat. The aftertaste which is not long lets the whisky down slightly, however this is a pure, well defined expression of unashamedly heavily Sherried malt that’s otherwise faultless - and increasingly hard to find. 43% Alc./Vol
Please note: Bottles have minor label damage / scuffed labels.
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