Mortlach 11 Years Old 2004 Old Particular (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Refill HH #10968, 381 Bottles, 2015)
- ABV: 48.4%
- Age: 11 Years Old
- Bottling: Douglas Laing, Old Particular, Refill HH #10968
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Cost: £52.83
- Origin: Mortlach distillery
- Vintage: 2004
What they say
381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range.
Official tasting notes:
- Nose: Citrus and blossoms with a sturdy spiced cereal body beneath.
- Palate: That spicy cereal to the fore, musky, meaty malt, brown sugar and supporting vanilla.
- Finish: Buttered toast with a light sprinkling of dark spices.
What I say
Distilled at Mortlach distillery in Speyside and matured in a refill hogshead #10968 before bottling by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular range at 11 Years Old and reduced to 48.4% ABV, producing 381 bottles.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Refractive champagne gold (4/20), numerous fine tears and long medium legs.
- Nose: Lemon curd, sharper, vanilla, orange zest and cardamom, cereal malt, heather honey, eggy pancakes and a pinch of sulphur.
- Taste: Gentle spiced gingerbread, mixed fruits and vanilla, egg custard tarts, mealy floury pancakes, banana fritters, a touch of green banana and some spices.
- Finish: Medium, buttery cereals and spices.
A little spirity and spicy, colour and palate suggest slightly under-active refill hogshead. A combination of Mortlach’s heavy spirit and sweetness from vanilla and honey kept reminding me of eggy /sulphuric custard and pancakes throughout.
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