Whisky Focus - Georgie Bell & Stuart Brown An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity Toronto

An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity by Murray Cohen

26th January 2015
Georgie Bell unveils new Mortlach range to Eastern Canada in Toronto and Stuart Brown presents a selection of Diageo's premium whiskies.

Vintages Fine Wine and Spirits hosted a much awaited evening event at the Shangri La Hotel Toronto on January 20, 2015 which I attended. The cocktail and food reception prior to the structured tasting session was impressive and enjoyable. One hundred and twenty-seven guests attended with a broad range of whisky knowledge. The event was called An Evening of Scottish Virtuosity. In addition to raising the curtain to showcase the new Mortlach range of single malts, there was also a structured tasting for some other expressions in the Diageo repository including John Walker and Sons Odyssey, Glen Ord 30 Year and The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Year which were most impressive.

Georgina (Georgie) Bell also known as Miss Mortlach is the Luxury Malts Ambassador for Mortlach and is currently travelling the world to unveil the Mortlach line of official bottlings which include Mortlach Rare Old, Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt and Mortlach 25 Year Old Single Malt. She recently travelled to British Columbia Canada to present the line out West and then ventured to Toronto to present these expression to Eastern Canada. I believe her next stop is China.

Georgie’s extensive whisky knowledge, lovely personality and wit added to the proceedings this night. She characterized the Mortlach brand as "rich, meaty, voluminous and savory, the beast of Dufftown".

There have only been nine official bottlings of Mortlach before this new line. The Mortlach distillery is located in Dufftown, Moray, Scotland, founded in 1823 by Douglas Findlater. This Speyside distillery is owned by Diageo. Mortlach has a complicated and unique distillation process which commentators have described as 2.81 distilled. Mortlach distills their whisky with several methods which culminates in being distilled 2.81 times. The whiskies are presented in bespoke bottles specially designed for the new range and harken back to the days of George Cowie who took over in 1850.

Stuart Brown, Scotch Ambassador, a storehouse of whisky knowledge and humorous presenter carried out structured tasting this night with the guests and covered five scotches ranging in price points from $99.90 to $1,999.95 Canadian dollars. Since most folks are familiar with Johnnie Walker Blue (a well-known premium blend) and Talisker Storm, I will present my taste notes for three deluxe malts.

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