Mortlach 70 Years Old is the oldest bottled single malt Scotch whisky in the world. It is presented in a tear shaped crystal decanter, each one hand-blown by expert craftsman to ensure an exquisitely flawless finish. An elegant silver stopper, which can be removed and replaced with a crystal version should the owner wish to do so, sits atop of the decanter, which carries minimalist engraving. The decanter nestles in a stylish silver base and is securely framed in a handmade box made from Brazilian Rosewood. Completing the presentation is a certificate, providing details of the distillation date, cask number and bottling date. David & Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Directors of Gordon & MacPhail have signed each certificate.
. Facts about Mortlach 70 years old
• Distilled at Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown on 15th of October 1938
• Bottled at Boroughbriggs Road, Elgin on 15th of October 2008
• Patiently matured for 70 years in a 1st fill sherry hogshead
• Bottled at natural cask strength (46.1%)
• Available as 70 / 75cl decanters (54 created for sale) and 20cl decanters (162 created for sale)
Tasting Note By Charles MacLean
APPEARANCE: The colour of sun-bleached polished mahogany.
AROMA: A mellow nose, at once waxy and fruity; candlewax to the fore initially, which becomes snuffed candle (a thread of smoke), with Maraschino cherries in Madeira cake behind, and after a while an orangey citric note – fresh and juicy, becoming apricot jam. Flaked almonds and whin flowers, becoming light coconut oil.
TASTE: Surprisingly lively tasted straight. A smooth, waxy mouth feel; a sweetish start becoming moderately dry, but not overly-tannic. Dried fig and tobacco notes, and an intriguing light smokiness. A long finish and, for the first time, a hint of planed hardwood in the aftertaste. With a teaspoon of water, the smooth texture is enhanced. The fresh, light sweetness becoming pleasantly sour (‘Soor Plooms’), with sooty smoke in the finish.
COMMENT: Remarkable! No trace of damp wood or must or bung cloth – a delicate, fresh, vital, fruity whisky, but with unusual attributes of waxiness and smokiness – uncommon today, more usual before the 1960s.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.