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30 Jan 2014

Mortlach 1992 (Cadenhead)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Mortlach

Cadenhead has a nice revival with its retro Small Batch series. They’ve got stock from 102 different distilleries, ranging from 2 to nearly 50 years old. It’s no surprise they have plenty of things in the pipeline, a 40 years old Glenfiddich for example…

 

mortlach-1992-cadenhead-small-batchMortlach 21 yo 1992 (55,2%, Cadenhead Small Batch 2013, sherry cask, 228 btl.)

Nose: the fruity kind of sherried Mortlach. Pears, raisins, fresh figs. Candied red apples. Caramelized peanuts and almonds. There’s a spicy tingle as well as a balsamic edge. Milk chocolate in the background. Leather. Hardly any meaty notes, no dirtiness either. Mouth: now the slightly heavy character of Mortlach moves forward, although the fruity sherry is still there to support it. Raspberries, Mon Cheri, a little cassis jam. Cinnamon. Chocolate and leathery notes again. Kirsch. Liquorice and more woody dryness towards the finish. A faint hint of eucalyptus. I like it even more with a drop of water. Finish: dry, with orange zest, cough syrup and chocolate.

Very good, actually one of the best Mortlach expressions I’ve come across lately. Around € 80, but it seems to be sold out.

Score: 88/100

Mortlach 1992 (Cadenhead) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-01-30
  • Bishlouk

    I think 80€ is quite optimistic (that price was a special discounted one from the Belgian shop); the “average” price was around 95€.

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
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