The Cooper’s Choice is the range of single malt and single grain whiskies bottled by The Vintage Malt Whisky Company, founded by Brian Crook in 1992.
The range was launched the following year and is the company homage to coopers and their important role in the Scotch whisky industry. Mortlach 10 years old was part of 2000 The Cooper’s Choice range. The whisky distilled in 1990 was aged in ex-sherry casks and bottled at 43% abv. Mortlach founded in 1824 was the first out of seven distilleries established in Dufftown. Johnnie Walker & Sons acquired the distillery in 1923 and Mortlach has been one of the main components of Johnnie Walker blends, especially Black Label, ever since.
Nose: malty and vaguely sulphury, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee beans, raisins, prunes, licorice, dash of pepper and fading hints of smoke.
Palate: strong sherry statement, roasted almonds, prunes, raisins, espresso, cocoa powder, bitter orange marmalade, nutmeg, pepper and oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of raisins, prunes, mixed almonds and nuts, pepper, hints of tobacco and peat.