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25 Dec 2009

Mortlach 1972 22yo (Rare Malts)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Mortlach

First of all, a merry Christmas to everyone!

Mortlach distillery uses stills of different forms and types, some of which are really uncommon and weird. They were never changed though, because the results were surprisingly good and complex.

Apart from a couple of Rare Malts versions and a 1971 vintage bottled in 2004, there is just one official release, a generally highly regarded 16 year old bottling in the Flora & Fauna range, although that one’s hard to find sometimes since there’s not much 16yo stock available. Most of the production is used for the Johnnie Walker Black label blend, which means it’s uncertain if and when there will be a single malt Mortlach again.


Mortlach 22 yo 1972 - Rare Malts Mortlach 22 yo 1972 
(65,3%, Rare Malts 1995, 75cl.)

Nose: interestingly different. Grainy, with hints of freshly baked bread, and very waxy.  Something that reminds me of bee pollen. Some flowers. A bit buttery. Mashed potatoes. Yeast. Rather smokey for a Speysider. Complex and very nice. Mouth: rather dry at first. Flowery citrus and lots of nutty flavours. After a few seconds, it suddenly gets sweeter (honey) and a whole lot hotter. Develops on apricot jam, spices (nutmeg, pepper), honey. Great evolution. Finish on caramel and slightly nutty, smokey notes. Again quite grainy.

A good one. Certainly not the sherry bomb we now from the Fauna & Flora release. Multi-layered and very warming. Currently worth around € 350.

Score: 87/100

Mortlach 1972 22yo (Rare Malts) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-12-25



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