Douglas McGibbon Mortlach Tasting Notes

Posted: September 13, 2011 in Mortlach, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Mortlach 2003 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon – Montilla Finished/ Dist Mar 2003 Btl: May 2011/ Tasted: May 2011

A light, syrupy nose with tined fruit (apple, pear) and hints of vanilla, spice and background sherry which adds to the sweetness, although a sliver of citrus does try to balance. The palate opens with creamy white fruit along with some hay/ straw nuances and a gentle developing sweet sherry character. It really fiolls out on the middle and it has become almost liqueur like in it’s viscosity. Good length with a spicy finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Mortlach 2003 (8 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0712/ Dist: Mar 2003 Btl: July 2011/ Tasted: July 2011

An interesting and quite pretty nose, if one ignores the alcohol prickle. Almost perfumed, slightly sugary fruit interlaced with a light Amontillado leafiness and some dense, rich malt.

The palate is quite sweet and just a little bit soapy but there is a pleasant degree of dried fruit, apricot and malt. Slightly grassy on the middle but a bit short.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Mortlach 2003 (8 year old) 46%

Sherry/ Code: PRV0746/ Dist Mar 2003 Btl: Nov 2011/ Tasted: Nov 2011

Subtle coffee’d sherry notes mingle with white fruit, citrus and a touch of grass. Slightly high toned due to its youth, but pleasant enough.

The palate is oily with quite a malty sweetness and like the nose just a subtle sherry character. Some delightfully granity-fresh notes balance. Pleasantly spiced with a medium length and a chocolatey/ coffee’d finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Mortlach 2006 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV1130/ Dist: Apr 2006 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: Jun 2015

A pleasant if slightly high toned nose of lightly gristy barley and citrus. Good balancing sweetness and hints of pepper and toffee.

The palate is a little watery with hints of barley, fleshy banana and citrus. Some juicy honey comes through on the middle but the alcohol is a little intrusive and drying. Good fresh finish with lingering barley notes.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Mortlach 2002 (10 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0973/ Dist: Dec 2002 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A charming, fresh, fragrant and herbal nose with a touch of light honey.

The palate is light in body and a little watery with some sugar coated barley and a touch of toffee’d oak. It may start off a little slowly but given some time in the glass it fleshes out and the intensity builds along with a touch of spice. Good, crisp, exceedingly citrus finish and a fragrant, perfumed, white fruit after-taste.

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