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Mortlach Rare Old
 43.4%    |    50cl

A complex and bold expression with the exquisite balance of sweetness and dryness for which the distillery is renowned.

A complex and bold expression with the exquisite balance of sweetness and dryness for which the distillery is renowned.

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"The palate is big and chocolaty with some meat underneath. Hefty but elegant. The distillery character is not only intact, but enhanced."

Dave Broom, 2014, Whisky Advocate Summer 2014, p.121

The perfect
SERVE

A complex and bold Mortlach whisky with the exquisite balance of sweetness and dryness, best enjoyed straight.

Pairing
WHISKY &...

Match the fire and fruit of the Rare Old with these specially-crafted ginger velvet truffles from the Highland Choclatier.

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Elegance Stirred: Try 'Elegance Stirred' Mortlach Rare Old balanced with Barsol Perfector Amor and Maraschino for an elegant early evening sipper.

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11 + 20 /40 77.500

Mortlach Rare Old in the Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light

Region

Dominating Dufftown, on Speyside.

Appearance

Clear, bright amber.

Nose

First showing a fruity tang of red plum, peach and blackberry. Then dryer with a smooth, nutty layer underneath and a buttery Madeira cake.

Body

Medium bodied, softly textured.

Palate

Stunning. Sweet, tongue-coating and fiery, then chewy on the mid-palate; gingery and tangy too, dense orchard fruits alongside a light gaminess.

Finish

Soft, coating and surprisingly sweet, with blackcurrant and drying yet silky-smooth tannins. Later, chilli-accented dark chocolate.

Information:

Distillery: MortlachTM

Strength: 43.4% ABV

Place of Origin: Dufftown

Region: Speyside

Taste:

in brief… A complex and bold Mortlach with the exquisite balance of sweetness and dryness for which the distillery is renowned. 

in a sentence… A superbly structured and well balanced whisky in which stylish fruit and floral notes on the nose introduce a rich, complex, energetic palate and a pleasantly drying finish.

 

 

Nose:

Reserved and discreet, first showing a ripe fruity tang of red plum, peach and blackberry (more obvious with a little water). A dryer note in the smooth, nutty layer underneath reveals complexity and depth. In time there’s the baked sweetness of a buttery Madeira cake or chocolate biscuits. This sweetness becomes more toffee–like then gradually more savoury, with heady floral notes and maybe just the slightest hint of smoke. The oak is restrained and natural, recalling a dry, sunny autumn day in the woods.

Palate:

Stunning. Sweet, tongue-coating and fiery, then chewy on the mid-palate; gingery and tangy now too, ranging dense orchard fruits alongside a light gaminess. Growing sweeter, the flavours move from red fruit to liquorice to toffee, then sweet roast meat, set off by a rich, supple and muscular structure. Becoming dryer, with appealing hints of orange oil, it’s still all beautifully pervasive and comforting. Adding just a little water enlivens things without taking away the pleasing texture.

AWARDS
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Expert Reviews
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"The introductory expression of the range shows a further example of the widening of the Mortlach style. Stewed and dried fruits mingle with light earth notes, wet Labrador, supple shoe leather, and varnish. A drop of water is all that’s needed to add a savory element and even some funky fruitiness reminiscent of cooking agave. The palate is big and chocolaty with some meat underneath. Hefty but elegant. The distillery character is not only intact, but enhanced."

Dave Broom, 2014, Whisky Advocate Summer 2014, p.121

"Fresh and fruity on the nose, majoring in peaches and apricots. Parma violets, milk chocolate, and finally caramel. Fruit carries over from the nose to the nutty palate, with cinnamon spice. The finish is relatively long and spicy."

Gavin D Smith, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.161

"It's Mortlach.... That's right folks, it's Mortlach. Nothing really taken away and nothing unnecessary added either. Solid, warming and very robust, just like it should be. The cask choice here is very complimentary and the refill hoggies balance nicely with a little re-charred spice, alongside a drop of European oak richness."

www.caskstrength.net, 2014

"The Rare Old is a great entry level whisky and serves as a perfect introduction to what Mortlach is about - robust, spicy, fruity and savoury. All of these elements are covered and the result is a delicious whisky that makes you want to do back for another sip over and over again."

www.whiskyforeveryone.com, 2014

"The nose is complex, vibrant, and fruity with good spices, roasted pork with juices, and notes of orange peel, peach pie, and a hint of apple cobbler. The taste is spicy with cinnamon and white pepper notes that fade slowly, orange sauce on pork, brown sugar, allspice, and marzipan. The finish has a fruitiness that takes over with blood orange and peach notes, along with hints of brown sugar and chocolate. A splash of water opens up the fruitiness. Outstanding! 94 points"

www.whiskycast.com, November 2013