Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mortlach festival

Served up 3 Mortlach's this last week.  Mortlach is one of my favorites. Background: "Considered the oldest distillery around Dufftown, Mortlach, dating back to 1823, is said by blenders, to produce one of the finest single malts from the region.   During its silent years, from 1837 to 1851, the distillery served as a worshipping church for the Free Church. Mortlach operates six stills, which strangely all have different shapes.   The distillery operates a partial triple distillation process. Mortlach was demolished and rebuilt in the 1960's.   Most of its production is used for blending and is rarely available as a single malt."

This Chieftain's bottle is from a sherry butt and a bit spicier that the traditional Mortlach. I measure all Mortlach's against the Flora and Fauna bottling which really turned me on to the distillery.

Tasting notes:
Nose: Juicy Oak, Stewed Prunes, Old Leather
Body: Medium moving to oily and waxy
Palate: Sugar Plums, Sweet Malty Spices, Sugared Almonds
Finish: Sweet Malt that is soft and long