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Mackillop's Choice (distilled at Mortlach), 1989 vintage, 21 year old, 46%

Price: $80.00 Issue: Spring 2011 Reviewer: John Hansell

Certainly not the best Mortlach I've tasted, but it's a solid effort and at a good price for a 21 year old. Nicely balanced — Lorne Mackillop's hallmark — and somewhat reserved, too (for a Mortlach), with intriguing lime, kiwi, caramel, floral notes (on the nose), nutty toffee (especially on the palate), soaked barley, and charcoal, with a rather syrupy, mouth-clinging texture toward the finish. Worth a look.