A Quick Dram: Mortlach 70 year old

A life experience awaited me. I sat with this chocolate-esque box on the bar before me. I had been looking forward to getting my hands on it for quite some time. After blowing the dust off the lid, I preceded to open the box. Pages and pages of information, but who cares about that? What I wanted to find was the liquid. A tiny container of liquid, just under three times my age. The oldest whisky ever released and the oldest whisky I will ever taste (probably).

Mortlach 70 year old
Gordon & MacPhail
Ex Sherry cask filled in 1938
46.1% Abv

Nose: Very rich mahogany and floor polish. Beef marinated in red wine and cooked with smokey bacon. A little charcoal.

Palate: Very bitter chocolate with hints of cherry. Again smokey bacon.

Finish: Creme brulee and milky way.

I am left pretty speechless by it. So many layers and such complexity. Superb. The taste just about matched the excitement I had felt beforehand.

Check out the people who looked after this barrel for so long here

Chris

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