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Master of Malt

March 11, 2010 12:45 ET

Master of Malt Announces the Arrival of the World’s Oldest Whisky-Mortlach 70 Year Old

Online whisky shop Master of Malt are the first internet retailer in the world to offer for sale the astonishing Mortlach 70 Year Old - the Oldest Bottled Whisky in the world.

CROWBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 11, 2010) - Released just today, this amazingly well aged whisky has been bottled by renowned independent bottler Gordon and Macphail.

With an outturn of only 54 full-sized (70cl) decanters, and 162 smaller (20cl) decanters – this whisky is an extremely limited edition. Master of Malt is delighted to be able to offer the whiskey for sale before any other online retailer.

Tasting notes for the whiskey have been compiled by Charles Maclean and read as follows:

Appearance: The colour of sun-bleached polished mahogany.

Aroma: A mellow nose, at once waxy and fruity; candlewax to the fore initially, which becomes snuffed candle (a thread of smoke), with Maraschino cherries in Madeira cake behind, and after a while an orangey citric note - fresh and juicy, becoming apricot jam. Flaked almonds and whin flowers, becoming light coconut oil.

Taste: Surprisingly lively tasted straight. A smooth, waxy mouthfeel; a sweetish start becoming moderately dry, but not overly-tannic. Dried fig and tobacco notes, and an intriguing light smokiness. A long finish and, for the first time, a hint of planed hardwood in the aftertaste. With a teaspoon of water, the smooth texture is enhanced. The fresh, light sweetness becoming pleasantly sour ('Soor Plooms'), with sooty smoke in the finish.

Comment: Remarkable. No trace of damp wood or must or bung cloth - a delicate, fresh, vital, fruity whisky, but with unusual attributes of waxiness and smokiness - uncommon today, more usual before the 1960s.

Mortlach 70 Year Old is available now from priced at £9999 for the full-sized (70cl) decanter, and £2499 for the small (20cl) decanter.

About Master of Malt

Established in 1985, Master of Malt has a proud heritage of over 25 years in whisky retail. They are one of the UK's leading online whisky merchants, and one of the most highly rated independent bottlers, all of whose single cask whiskies scored over 90 points in the Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2009.

Sazerac Rye 18 Years Old (fall 2009 edition) is available now from Master of Malt priced at only £89.95, and for a limited time only will come with a free 5cl miniature of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

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