125 Anniversary Edition
The penultimate of the 125th anniversary whiskies to be released is the Gordon & MacPhail 1979 Mosstowie from Miltonduff Distillery.
Located within Miltonduff Distillery in Morayshire, Mosstowie was founded in 1964 under the ownership of industry pioneer Hiram Walker – who championed the use of longer, more versatile Lomond Stills to give a variety of flavour profiles.
This stills, which produced Mosstowie’s smoky, soft spirit operated for just 17 years as the longer arms of the stills were notoriously difficult to clean, resulting in their removal in 1981.
Only 164 bottles are available worldwide of this full-bodied whisky, full of sherry influences and dark chocolate notes. The 40-year-old whisky was laid down in Gordon & MacPhail’s Elgin warehouse on Thursday 13 September 1979 in cask number 20323, a refill Sherry Hogshead.
Bottled at 49.8% ABV, the whisky is dark gold in colour, with aromas of vanilla pod, butterscotch and stewed apples. On the palate, flavours of black pepper are complemented by spiced grapefruit, dark chocolate and raspberries, before giving way to a long and medium-bodied finish with hints of fresh mint leaves.
Fragrant VANILLA POD and BUTTERSCOTCH aromas lead to CANDIED PEEL and hedgerow BLOSSOM. LEATHER and STEWED APPLE notes come to the fore alongside BLACKCURRANT LEAVES.
Flavours of BLACK PEPPER complement SPICED GRAPEFRUIT and subtle SHERRY influences. DARK CHOCOLATE undertones develop accompanied by tart RASPBERRIES and STRAWBERRY LIQUORICE.
Long and medium-bodied with a hint of fresh MINT LEAVES on the finish.