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2007 Below Bhainidh (Mortlach) 13 Year Old "Hepburn's Choice" K&L Exclusive Single Hogshead Cask Strength Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1511225

Another stunning deal from the excellent Hepburn's Choice line. We made a concious decision to bottle all our single cask malts from this line as blended malt, adding a tiny drop of another distillery to the cask, thereby reclassifying it and saving everyone tons of cheese! More proof of that plan coming together exists in this awesome bottle. We were barely able to sell a 9 year old Mortlach last year from the same bottler for under $60, now we can offer a 13 year old version for nearly the same price. The awesome Mortlach Distillery is in Dufftown. Dufftown's Gaelic name is Baile Bhainidh (pronounce Bal-Venie), meaning Lucky Town! Mortlach sits to the south of Dufftown's more famous distilleries Balvenie and Glenfiddich, in a hollow that nearly hides it completely from view from the road. It was, in fact, the first legal distillery in this special town founded in 1823 on the site of an illicit still, hence the hollow. The distillery features an unusual 2.81 times distillation, long fermentation times and worm tub cooling resulting in an uncommonly beefy spirit. But this youngish Mortlach offers another side of the excellent malt. Filled into a refill hoggie in 2007, it offers some serious fruit along with a deep malty spice. The meaty savory quality is there, but in the background, and can be teased out with a drop of water or two.

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Price: $59.99

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2021 | Send Email
We've had a nice chunk of young Mortlachs over the last few years. They're typically solid and mostly ignored until suddenly a few people realize what a great value they are and buy the whole lot up. This new one is significantly older than the last one and only incrementally more expensive. We've also turned a corner, I believe, in maturity as compared to the young punchy ones we've previously bottled. The color is pale straw. The beast of Dufftown is often said to have a meaty character and that's very subtle in the younger ones we've bottled. Here it's really starting to come out. The savory bouillon character is now poking it's head out from among of the pome fruit. But still we have big pear flavors as well. Around that hints of candied mint, wisps of clean (not peaty) smoke, jasmine tea. One the palate a big rich pear driven style, some vanilla and a bit of chalk. A nice splash of water it adds some honey both to the nose and a palate. It's still got a lot of the pear stuff going, although now a bit more herbs and slight black tea tickle. These are really starting to show off their weight and although their not very cask driven malts, we're happy to be selling a ridiculously affordable malt from a famous distillery. As always don't be shy with the water on these!

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2020 | Send Email
Ahhh, Mortlach. Such a lovely and distinct malt! It's so often sherry influenced that you rarely get to see the naked malt shine. Here we have a bright golden straw color and an abundance of fresh fruits. The spicy backbone is stout, showing where Mortlach's power resides. With a little bit of water a deeper darker flavor comes out. Baker's chocolate and fresh ground flour make you feel as though you've walked into a bakery. A fascinating drink for anyone, but most especially for those who are already fans of the distillery and really want to see what their malt is like without the bells and whistles of heavy cask influence. The price is of course stunning due to the lack of tariffs and our direct pricing structure - so don't miss your chance before to snag a couple. Only 271 bottles produced.

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