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No Tasting Note: Mortlach 70 yo

by Oliver Klimek on March 12, 2010

Regular readers will know that I usually don’t comment on each an every new whisky bottle on the market. But with the newly released Mortlach 70yo by Gordon & MacPhail I will make an exception for three reasons.

Firstly, Mortlach is simply one of my favourite distilleries because of its unique umami flavour. I never was disappointed by a Mortlach, and I guess the 70yo would be no exception, if I ever had a chance to taste it…

Secondly it is the oldest whisky ever bottled to my knowledge, so it really is something special and deserves an article of its own. And given its extarordinary age, at a price of £10,000 for a 70cl decanter and £2,500 for the 20cl version it is almost a real bargain, if you compare it to recent luxury bottlings of Dalmore, Glenfiddich and others. For such an old whisky it is even understandable to have it piped in by a Scottish Highlander Battalion, as was actually done at the presentation in Edinburgh Castle.

And thirdly – and this is the foremost reason for me putting down these lines – this release leaves me without a doubt that behind the scenes there is a silent race going on who is going to bottle the first 100yo whisky. Will it be Dalmore, Glenfiddich or Macallan? Or maybe Glen Grant? Or Mortlach again? The only thing that I would dare place a bet on is the price tag. What else could it be than a round £100,000?

Glen Wonka, here we come!

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Yossi March 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Hey Oli,
I love your posts and this one took my eye for two reasons. Until the other day I basically knew nothing about Mortlach (and, to be quite honest, had not heard the name before). This being said, the second reason is this post grabbed my eye is that you say Mortlach is one of your favorite distilleries. Can you suggest a good entry point to the Mortlach line? Your reply would be much appreciated. Cheers!

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Oliver Klimek March 15, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Hi Yossi,
I like Mortlach because it has that very unique “beefy” style. Usually heavily sherried and with a little smoke. It’s not too easy to come by. There are no official bottlings. The Flora & Fauna is supposed to be very good. And I could offer a sample of the Mortlach C&S 1991/2008 for trading.

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Yossi March 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Hi Oli,
Sorry for the late reply. I’d love to do a sample trade. DM me (@yossiyitzak or @jewmalt) your email address and we’ll get the ball rolling. Cheers friend!

Y

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Peat March 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

As you wonder who may be the first with a 100 year old bottling, as of 2023 you may start watching to see what comes from Yamazaki, as I took pictures of 1923 casks at the distillery this past year.

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