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14 Aug 2012

Mortlach 1989 (The First Editions)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Mortlach

Based on its colour, this Mortlach 1989 would be from a bourbon cask, which is less common than sherried versions of this distillery, or maybe a refill sherry cask. Bottled in the series The First Editions.

 

Mortlach 1989 - First EditionsMortlach 22 yo 1989 (52,1%, The First Editions 2012, ES 012/01)

Nose: lots of honey with pastry notes (croissant, vanilla cake) alongside the big malty character. Goes on with almonds and hazelnuts. Nice hints of dried banana. Yellow raisins and plums. Mead. Some fresh sawdust. Nicely warm and fruity. Mouth: still honeyed, but it quickly gets spicier (ginger, pepper) and there’s even a smoky edge to it. Even a faint earthy / leafy note. Seville oranges. Traces of nuts and caramel / toffee. Finish: medium long, with clearly more oak supporting the fruits and spices.

Interesting how you feel the slightly heavy body of Mortlach even though this is an otherwise surprisingly clean and fruity version. I like the nose best. Around € 115.

Score: 86/100

Mortlach 1989 (The First Editions) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-14

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  • Jorn: I agree, the first expressions tend to go up in value the most, - ofcourse -, but do you really think the Bowmore DC 2 will sink below 150,00 euro? N
  • WhiskyNotes: I tend to disagree. I would just wait for n°III and make sure you inform your favourite retailer that you want one beforehand. Buying a hyped product
  • Jorn: It's worth 150 allright, but mainly from a collector's point of view. That's where the market is. Like precious little stamps (Nothing wrong with that

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