Whisky Review: Silver Seal “Whisky is Nature” Series Mortlach 1989 25 Years Old

Style: Fruity and Musky

Nose:
Lively fragrant duet playing on the nose – Immensely sweet, creamy and musky on one side and the drier, dusty and grassy tone on the other side performing simultaneously. You hear solo movements from each side at times, but they combine together from time to time as well. Summer berries with slight tartness, cream tart and dry chilli spice with herbal overtone.

Palate:
Bountiful fruits lunging onto the palate. More summer berries, orchard fruits, peachy stone fruits decorating on a citrus lemon custard cake. Subtle, but heavy meatiness of Mortlach softens overtime, sink downwards to form a subtle liquorice roots undertone. Sweet herbal touches lit up by chilli spices. Creamy texture, bitter oak, walnuts cut in and dominate. Ends with a mineral flick.

Finish:
Red liquorice, dry spices tattering. Serving a light breakfast of cornflakes, apple and peach yoghurt.

Thoughts: [06/09/2017]
This whisky did not leave the best impression on me at first as I (maybe some of you will) thought it was too bitter to my liking. But it performs much better on a nuanced level. Complex fruitiness nicely supported by a refined, meaty core. A beautiful, tamed kitty this is.

Thoughts II: [Updated on 26/12/2017]
I have posted this review before and I have revisited it today before putting this up. After a couple of drams, I am starting to see what a beautiful and refined Mortlach this is, alas, still a bit bitter for me. Bright, fruity notes enhanced by the polished meaty core, while subtle elements finding ample spaces to shine. Very nice. Close to 2 stars…

☆ [Recommended]

[52.4% • 2015 Bottled • 1989 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • 225 of 480 Bottles • Cask Number 3911 • *+]

-Esmond