Mortlach 20 Year Old "Cowie's Blue Seal" Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (ships like a 1.5 L bottle due to shape) SKU #1397528

Price: $199.99

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Tasting Notes

The elegant older sibling of the two younger bottlings, this wonderful old expression of the special Dufftown distillery is aged exclusively in sherry butts. Deep and complex with tons of richness, the 20 Year Old doesn't have quite the bite of its younger siblings, but it easily outperforms the old 25 Year Old, which it replaces at a fraction of the price. We don't see a whole lot of mature sherried Mortlach and there's no doubt that the distillery is picking the very finest casks for this new expression. Considering where the market is going for older sherried distillery bottlings, the new 20 Year Old is a steal. Now if only we can get them to bottle this as a cask strength single barrel!

Staff Reviews

  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    3/2/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    The Mortlach 20 Year is the most intellectual and brooding of the three new editions. I found it was pretty closed compared to the 16 on first nosing, but with some air and time, it's refinement and elegance set it apart from the other two. 100% sherry cask leave it sitting thick in the glass with a deep nutty red hue. The nose after some air starts letting go deep savory aromatics and tons of exotic wood. More on the spice, with some dark chocolate again and some deep red fruits as well. Textured and elegant with tons of oils to coat the palate, the beefy qualities build as you continue through the glass. A fine example of what old Mortlach in Sherry looks like and certainly a beautiful pour if you really want to sit and contemplate the meaning of life and whatnot.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    2/28/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the truest expressions of a Mortlach whiskey, with subtle power, perfectly melded characters, and a rich, lingering palate. Carrying the most umami notes of the three expressions, the meatiness is well balanced by dark plumy fruits and Christmas spice. Blackberry and cacao lead and these flavors are backed by earth, leather, and a very subtle barrel char. Though this is a bit more of a splurge, it’s not too hard to justify from such a classic, highly-respected producer.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    2/28/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    Much more bass tones than the 12 or 16 year releases. This has that big meaty quality of Mortlach underpinned by a very savory wood profile. That base of bass flavors is topped by higher toned citrus, particularly orange peel and a bit of fresh lemon zip. Chocolate and mocha make up the middle and give way to another long and clean finish. If you're already a fan of Mortlach, this is not to be missed.

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