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Mosstowie is the name of a single malt that was produced between 1964 and 1981 by means of the Lomond Stills in the Miltonduff distillery. It was never officially bottled and meant solely for the blends Ballantine’s, Old Smuggler and Teachers. Thanks to the independent bottler we can try it on its own from time to time. This Mosstowie from 1979 was bottled at cask strength by Signatory. In recent years, they have bottled quite a few of these, so I suspect they still have quite some Mosstowie 1979 casks lying around in their warehouses.
The nose starts soft and green. A bit of mint, ferns, grass and vanilla. Marshmallows! Then some lemon tart, but not much else in terms of fruit, bar some apples. Make that apple juice. Nevertheless, this is a very nice nose indeed.
Despite the high alcohol content, the arrival is rather light. Liquorice and ginger present themselves, as does nutmeg. Then lime peel and the return of apples. The mint returns as well, although I would rather describe it as menthol. It does not need water, I think. After the second sip, it turns quite herbal. Liquorice remains in the lead.
Fairly long finish that is spicy until the end. Citrus and menthol are the only two that keep going until the death.
Interesting, extinct malt. You simply must have tried it at least once (having said that, it is only my second Mosstowie). What a whisky! Around 200 EUR.