Archive MORTLACH 21 YEAR OLD

MORTLACH 21 YEAR OLD 43%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 15595

Not a very well-known name in the world of single malts, Mortlach produces most of its whisky for the Johnny Walker blends, however, savvy independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail selected a few of the distillery’s finest old sherry casks. The resulting 21 Year Old aged in sherry casks offers an impressive richness. Its notes of ripe apples, vanilla and yellow fruit make the perfect accompaniment to the end of a meal.

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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.

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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.

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La gamme Distillery Labels témoigne des relations toutes particulières qu'entretient Gordon & MacPhail avec une poignée de distilleries depuis plus d'un siècle. Se voyant confier année après année des new make spirits (les distillats), Gordon & Macphail a développé son art pour la maturation du whisky et met en valeur chaque expression sous une étiquette unique. Un honneur pour ces distilleries, aujourd'hui devenues emblématiques, qui n'embouteillaient pas, ou peu, leur single malt sous leur propre marque.
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