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MORTLACH 75 ANS 1939 Cristal Decanter

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside 70cl Ref: 19957

This rare whisky is the latest offering in our Generations range of whiskies – an unrivalled collection of old and rare whiskies which reflects Gordon & Macphail’s family expertise and knowledge from generation to generation. Matured in a first-fill Sherry butt cask, Mortlach 75 years old amazes by its vivacity despite its advanced age. This rare whisky is presented in the iconic teardrop-shaped Generations decanter, uniquely numbered and skilfully handcrafted. Only 100 decanters, bottled at cask strength (44.4% ABV), have been released for worldwide sale.

Each decanter shows 75 multi-level ‘cuts’ representing the years of the whisky’s maturation. The decanter sits on a white presentation plinth with two specially designed crystal glasses. It all comes packaged in a luxury Aniline leather travel bag and is accompanied by a specially commissioned book, Seven Nights with Mortlach. Acclaimed whisky writer, Charles Maclean and international bestselling author, Alexander McCall Smith have joined forces to tell tales of Scotland, whisky and the people behind this special malt, accompanied by illustrations from up and coming Scottish artists.

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Tasting note

  • Nose : Fresh and clean; very slight nose prickle: still lively. A highly perfumed, floral top note - lily of the valley, barber's shop, scented hand cream, soft leather lady's dress handbag - with a fruity complex in the middle (dried figs, pomegranate, ripe pear. Peach juice); creamy vanilla (Crème Anglaise), even vanilla fudge, and a faint trace of coffee in the background. .
  • Palate : Sweet to start, but not as sweet as expected; considerable fresh acidity and slightly mouth drying. Bitter almonds. A most unusual trace of hemp ropes and very faded creosote, lending a slight smokiness
The brand

The brand

Founded in 1823, Mortlach is allegedly built on the site of a former illicit distillery. It was one of the rare distilleries allowed to produce alcohol during the second world war, right up until 1944. Using partial triple distillation and a traditional “worm tube” condensation system – also used by Talisker and Edradour – Mortlach produces a very delicate distillate. As is the case with many of the distilleries owned by the Diageo group, very few official bottlings of the malt exist outside of the Flora & Fauna and Rare Malts ranges released in the 1990s.

Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

As its name suggests, the Rare Vintage range is quite simply a collection of rare, old vintages, and includes a substantial number of Gordon & MacPhail’s most sought-after single malts. Closely linked to the Distillery Labels range (the Rare Vintage bottlings also served as semi-official releases for several distilleries which had not had any proper official releases on the market for quite some time), the Rare Vintage bottles are to a large extent responsible for this historic specialist’s reputation.

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