Review: Murray McDavid Mortlach 1997 13 Years Old Chateau d’Yquem Finish

I’m currently so infatuated with Bruichladdich’s 16 Year Old Yquem-finished “Cuvee E” whisky that I recently did the unthinkable: I bought a bottle of it. Curing my search I also found another Sauternes-finished whisky, a 13-year-old Mortlach privately bottled by Murray McDavid… and less than half the price of the Bruichladdich. Certainly worth a try, I figured. So I bought two whiskys.

This Mortlach is different than the Bruichladdich, but still quite a delight. The body is much heavier and rounder, warming and full while the Bruichladdich is more delicately sweet. Still, it has that unmistakeable Sauternes character, lush, with honey, golden raisins, and figs. The finish is long and smooth, hinting tat this isn’t a wine but a malt whisky with a touch of grain on the finish.

I ultimately have a preference for the Bruichladdich but for a price like this, this Mortlach is hard to pass up. (Don’t get too confused if you click the link below: Murray McDavid now owns Bruichladdich, so there’s probably a little incest somewhere in here.)

1500 bottles made. 92 proof.

A- / $55 / lochindaal.com

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One Response to Review: Murray McDavid Mortlach 1997 13 Years Old Chateau d’Yquem Finish

  1. The Glenmorangie Nectar d’Or is also sauternes-finished, I believe (and quite good).

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