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Mortlach Rare Old Review


26th January 2015
Mortlach Rare Old the entry level single malt in Mortlach's new super-premium whisky range.

The Mortlach Rare Old is the entry level single malt in Mortlach's new super-premium whisky range which was launched last year.

Those of you who may be familiar with Mortlach's big sherried Flora & Fauna bottling may be pleasantly surprised with the Mortlach Rare Old which has come from a combination of sherry and Bourbon casks. This whisky was taken from first fill sherry butts (dry oloroso), refill and re-charred American Bourbon and European Oak casks and bottled at 43.4% ABV.

As you can see from the picture, the new bottling is presented in a highly distinctive engineered style of Mortlach bottle. The design style of the new bottle is rooted in an engineered world and was inspired by the one of the distillery's early owners, entrepreneurial Scottish civil engineer George Cowie, and his gifted and equally ambitious son Dr Alexander Cowie. Mortlach describe the decanter style bottle as reminiscent of beautiful man-made structures, whilst also elegant, luxurious and contemporary.

Engraved on the bottle is a reference to Mortlach's unusual partial-triple distillation process which is often described as ‘2.81 Distilled’. The engineering cues incorporated in the bottle design are most visible in the unique faceted base of the Rare Old.

Since it's launch last year we haven't really heard much about the new whisky and there are very few reviews to be found but luckily for us, Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1 has kindly submitted a review for us following an "Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" premium whisky tasting event where Mortlach brand ambassador Georgie Bell unveiled the new Mortlach range to East Coast Canada in Toronto. You can read what Murray thought of the Mortlach Rare Old below.

The Mortlach Rare Old is currently available from The Whisky Exchange priced £53.95
 

Mortlach Rare Old Review


Review submitted by Murray Cohen, Order of the Companions of the Quaich, Niagara, Ontario, Canada and our very own Scotch Malt Whisky Forum member, Quaich1.

Bottled at 43.4% ABV. 50cl.

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Colour: Sunshine Amber.

Nose: A mist of perfume rises to the fore. This is followed by rum and raisin ice cream. Vanilla and butterscotch tones gradually synthesize themselves into awareness. A hint of demerara sugar appears with zesty orange marmalade. There is a fruity sweetness hovering about which satisfies. A sense of ruggedness about this one but in a good way. When one goes to the beach and grabs a handful of mud, it is an exclamation of being there. The analogy here is that you know this is a Mortlach from the first sniff and "feel" of it.

Taste:  Chewy from the "get-go" (what Georgie Bell described as velvetine). Spice gives forth to milk chocolate. There are reams of orange peel. A syrupy voluptuous mouthfeel erupts. There is a definite lemon oil backdrop which is like citrus sherbet soothing the palate. .

Finish: The finish is long with marked spicy undertones. Swiss milk chocolate notes satisfy with the faintest mint/menthol protuberances.

Score: 89.5/100
 

Murray Cohen's Evening of Scottish Virtuosity Whisky Reviews


Select a whisky tasted by Murray Cohen at an "Evening of Scottish Virtuosity" where Georgie Bell unveiled the new Mortlach range to East Coast Canada in Toronto and Stuart Brown presented a selection of ultra-premium whiskies.

 

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