Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Mortlach 1997/2009 'Managers' Choice' (57.1%, OB, cask #6802, 240 bottles) Matured in bourbon American oak. Colour: white wine. Nose: it’s not an extravagant malt whisky when undiluted but it does show a little more character than the 1987 indeed. Whiffs of vanilla, fresh mint leaves, lime and a little rhubarb. Also ‘green’ apples. With water: even more menthol, liquorice, hints of cinchona, fern… The vanilla faded away whilst the grassiness got bigger, until the vanilla got very big again after fifteen minutes. Glimmering vanilla? Mouth (neat): much, much easier to sip than the 1987 when unreduced, even if it’s some hot whisky indeed. Creamy mouth feel, on lemon coated with white chocolate and vanilla sauce. Apple compote. With water: now it tastes more or less the same as the 1987, maybe a tad less grassy and a little more vanilled. Finish: long, sweet, nervous. Strawberries. Comments: tastes young but this ‘responsiveness’ is most pleasant. It does not have the faint meatiness than other Mortlachs often display. SGP:551 - 84 points.