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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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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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