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This is the oldest whisky ever to be released, a single first-fill sherry butt of Mortlach distilled on 17 November 1939 was bottled at an incredible 75 years of age in 2015 by Gordon & MacPhail. Just 100 teardrop-shaped decanters were produced of this true collector's item. This is an exceptionally complex whisky with notes of toffee, wood spice and peach.Tasting Notes (1)
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Tasting Notes by Stuart P
Where to start? Savoury and creamy at first, with Stilton and salami, then walnuts and stone fruit. There’s a refreshing flinty, wet-stone note lurking in the background, as well as some soft floral notes, and toffee sweetness.
Layer upon layer of flavour – honeyed fruit, orange oil, peaches, then rich notes of toffee and woody spice. Rich and mouthfilling, but clean, not overpowering.
Rich treacle toffee and malt is the main characteristic, with the spices providing an aromatic backdrop.
I was lucky enough to try the 70 Year Old in Edinburgh back in 2010, and I was struck at the time at how fresh and sprightly the whisky seemed. Well, this even older dram is no different, and it demonstrates perfectly how the right barrel can transform a spirit. There is plenty of wood influence in the whisky, but it’s not overdone, and the freshness is staggering for such a venerable bottle.
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This was a very good whisky with flavors of orange, honey,peach and a nutty flavor but bit on the pricy side though but worth it
Pretty good for such a cheap whisky, reminds me of an autumn afternoon in Scotland, it makes me feel like William Wallace
This is without a doubt the best whisky I have ever tasted! Full bodied, well balanced, and smooth; with all the fragrant leather and sticky tar you'd expect from an old Mortlach. With this whisky in my glass, my previous tasting scale of 0 to 3 was suddenly expanded to 0 to 5 — and this one comes in on "4.5". Somehow I feel that it could still be improved, yet I don't see how. Maybe I will, someday, get a chance to taste a whisky who beat the Mortlach 1939 /75 yo, but I dare not hope so.
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