Whisky Review & Tasting Notes: Douglas Laing Provenance Mortlach 12 Years Old 1997

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I encountered this bottle in a whisky night with friends at the bar who hosted us for the evening and the bar owner allowed us to sample it.

It’s an older bottling of Mortlach, bottled by Douglas Laing under their Provenance brand name. It was distilled in Autumn 1997,aged over 12 yo in a refill butt #6372 and bottled summer 2010

It’s a bit young Mortlach but I bet it still have the familiar distillery profile. Right?

Douglas Laing Provenance Mortlach 12 Years Old 1997 (46%)

mortlach 12 douglas laing provenance 1997Nose: Classic Mortlach nose with dry sherry notes, the famous meaty note, but what’s surprising here is the lactic note surfing below those prominent notes

Palate: Dry, there’s the dry sherry, also a bit leather, meaty flavour and some vanilla and nutmeg.

Finish: Medium length, meaty, oak wood and dry sherry

Conclusion: Classic Mortlach but youthfulness is evident here so it was indeed a perfect fit for the Provenance line. It’s time the Laing companies will release more Mortlach bottlings!

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