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Mortlach 1994 GM

Overall rating
89.22/100
votes
202
Whiskybase ID
WB101281
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
31.08.1994
Bottled
18.04.2017
Calculated age
22 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
8192
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
18/04/17 170350
Barcode
5020613063006
Bottled for
Germany
Market
de Germany
Added on
21 sep 2017 9:23 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.00

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202 × member ratings

238 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1994 GM

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.22 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2017]  ...a sherry cask matured whisky and a "Germany-only" release - so I expect sulphur.  Oooh, almost no sulphur (just very little that does not bother me at all)!  Did they hear the bang or is this just by incident?

    I have to say that obviously Gordon&MacPhail is not on the same track of flooding the German market with sulphur-spoiled releases as so many other bottlers do.  You make me feel good this way and I will buy some of your nice recent bottlings for that (most probably), dear G&M!

    [October, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review (I added more impressions below) and score. A modern sherried Mortlach which is quaffable, what a nice surprise...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is auburn and the nose is all about a clean modern sherry profile with the typical fat Mortlach toffee spike, the first sherried (modern) Mortlach I really like since years... This must have been an European oak cask because the herbal notes are significant and they nicely interact with the sweet and sour malt and sherry aromas. Later some hot spices join in as well, so take your time with this nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is all about sherry-induced flavours within a crème brûlée setting (the trademark Mortlach taste). Not too bad! The herbs are more shy here and pop up after some chewing efforts only, but it is worth to go for that because the chewing releases a tasty mocha-chocolatey flavour too. There are some hints of sulphur in there but I guess most drinkers will not recognise them at all and even my taste buds accept them as an additional "flavour compound". Without this little flaw I would have scored the taste 90 points.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The mouthfeel is a little hot and peppery but nicely coating too (here the minor sulphurous notes help, of course). The finish is of medium length and again sherry wine-sweet with no distracting moments. Water releases more aromas in the nose and makes the taste even more approachable, I like it that way better.

  2. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Up to this bottle, I really wasn't looking out for any Mortlach.

    My goodness, one more distillery I will need to follow more closely. What will my doctor think of it ...?

    Fat, English toffee, some spices. No sulphur, at least nothing spoiling the pleasure. 
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Bosi scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A beautiful Sherry-Mortlach, who despite the large barrel influence does not deny the distillery character. With water he likes me a little better, because it tames the whisky a bit. Nevertheless, my rating does not quite go up to the heights of other members.
    • Nose
      The nose is clearly dominated by sherry: prunes, brown sugar, rum-grape chocolate and, classically Mortlach, in red wine and beef broth marinated roast.
    • Taste
      The whisky has a lot of power, but at first it's very difficult to open. In the second drink, the nose is reflected in the taste: sweet notes of candied dried fruit, even more brown sugar and toffee. Unfortunately, the meaty / sulfurous character of the distillery has been lost. Water takes the force away a bit, makes the texture even more oily and changes the taste in the direction of milk chocolate and plenty of toffee.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and the taste of chili chocolate with raisins remains.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A deserving 90 points for this excellent Mortlach.
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate, pralines and coffee beans with a hit of toffee. These darker aromas are offset by some fresh cranberries and strawberry syrup, but also a few herbal touches as well as a hint of chalk. Finally some prunes and raisins.
    • Taste
      An abundant and citrus-y arrival quickly followed by an array of spices, highlighted by cracked black peppercorns. There's notes of caramel and raspberry marmelade, as well as a touch of pine needles. Finally a whiff of chocolate. The oily and chewy mouthfeel is a perfect complement.
    • Finish
      Lingering sweetness. Long.

  5. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great Mortlach. It has a lot of punch so that the distillate, despite all its storage time, can still hold its own against the barrel. In addition, you will find no bitterness. Strong!
    • Nose
      Strawberry chocolate, light tobacco, some coffee powder, for Mortlach typical slightly sourish note (the little witch) is also to be found, water wakes him up properly, the sparkling oranges then fight against the sherynase
    • Taste
      Instant coffee, strong onset, creamy chocolate, yet slightly sparkling, some raisins, orange peel, the back he gets creamier, no dryness, sweet oak
    • Finish
      Already warming with old oak, pleasant bitterness, creamy chocolate on the palate

  7. Tobias B scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Really fat Mortlach with (like already stated before) almost no sulphur elements - could have been some more from my perspective. That aside this Mortlach is just brilliant in the balance of dirt, meat and sherry profile. The peppery and spicy start is a bit distracting but turns to a pleasant Mortlach sherry combo. 92/100P (downgraded from 94 after i had the chance to taste the great 20y Chieftains release), buy one bottle as long as you can!

  8. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great bottling. This is what I want. It probably wasn't even expensive at the time. Swims pretty well by the way. Then it will be much sweeter.

    Full review in a session of six old & rare Mortlach: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/06/23/old-rare-flight-012-mortlach/

  9. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With the sometimes strange notes, the dots may surprise you, but it's really just very tasty, the unique note combo works well with each other.
    • Nose
      Very strange, grappa? Agave? Vinegar? Eggplant and zucchini ... settles down a bit, becomes very sweet towards the wine finish, honey, grapes, malt, sweet grasses, shortbread, red apple
    • Taste
      There is that pomace brandy note again, lots of fresh grapes, peach, red apple, sweet grasses, zucchini, honey, orange, cinnamon, sweet carrots
    • Finish
      Light honey, shortbread biscuits, red apple, grasses, medium length

  10. mudshark scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  11. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    intense, chocolate, tobacco, pleasant influence of a sherry cask that leaves room for the distillate to show off, coffee, dried fruit, candied orange peel, bitterness of oak and something captivating ... like strawberry marshmallows.

  12. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol is incredibly well integrated. No intrusive aromas, comes across as old and classy.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Valquon1909 scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

  15. Wummy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nice modern sherry-matured whisky without large frills, but also not very complex. Expected more
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is pleasant, if a little on the light side being closed even with a few drops of water.
    The palate is pretty good , nice sherry balance with some peat & spice, takes water well.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  17. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      grassy, green apple, vanilla, toffee, lychee, citrus, raisin
    • Taste
      mocha cake, brown sugar, cherries, leather, cinnamon, pepper, peach, honey, toffee

  18. craide scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very fine expressive malt.
    Peacefully tolerate a little water. Will be easier to access. It seems a little complex, but the density of the aromas remains high. Delicious.
    • Nose
      90 90
      very dense and compact with distinct sherry nose, plums, dry berries, dark chocolate, almost rum-like, juicy dark gravy and subtle red wine notes. Elegant but with power ... I like it very much!
    • Taste
      89 89
      He has power in the start, nice tingling on the tongue, sweet notes of dried fruit, chocolate, light bitterness of coffee. Oranges push forward. Allow a little water to become more pleasing, softer and a little more fruity. Still upper level.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long with spicy, pepper or maybe chili. Then to the chocolate and coffee. Unfortunately, something falls off in the finish.

  19. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Red fruit jelly. Wild berries. Brown sugar. Fermented red grapes. Plum compote with cinnamon. Then a little more sour. Currant. And seasoning comes too. Nutmeg. Some pepper.
    • Taste
      Aronia honey. Caramel. Sour cherry jam. Red mulled wine. Then it gets sourer. There are raspberries and rhubarb. And also hinted citrus fruits. The oak brings spice. Walnut.
    • Finish
      The red, rather sour fruits remain something. Coffee. Forest floor.

  22. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wow this makes me happy!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Full and thick nose. Not quite sulphury at all, which one could expect from a sherried mortlach for the German market. A bit of a sweet meaty broth nose, combines with some (green) herbs and spices. This next to more usual sherry cask smells: chocolate coffee beans, and blueberrie. Even some blueberry muffins come to mind.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Intense fat and thick body. Slightly hot and spicy (red peppers). Sweet orange peel, hints of metal and meat, and some old oaken furniture wood. With some time it opens up, and red forest fruits show itself, some delightful red cherries caress my tongue!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Moderately long and lingering, it comes with some waves. Initially the taste comes back, later on the oak and some rubber notes. With time the later found fruitiness is also more present in the finish.

  24. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. DavidH. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sample. 

    Really shy nose? Maybe oxidation? I dunno. (Reading other comments it surprises me)
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  26. Markie81 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly balanced whisky. A drop of water improves the nose, but degrades the sherry influences a bit in my opinion. My first Mortlach ever,....and this is not going to be the last, that's for sure. 
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Thanks Henri (Hvdree) for introducing me to this excellent Mortlach!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. Koalafant scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sample von Kräftigen

    SID #50123.02.2018 => 92/100

    27.06.2018 => 83/100

  31. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A rather elegant Mortlach. The bold and characteristic umami flavors and aromas are somewhat absent here. A well behaved first-fill butt offers a quaffable and very fruity sherried whisky that comes off younger than 22 years.
    • Nose
      Vibrant, with red fruit and berries – cranberries and strawberries. There are waves of caramelized raisins and perfumed oak that transform into overt citrus notes; oranges and ripe sugared limes. 
    • Taste
      Gentle arrival for almost 55% ABV. Brightly fruity, with peaches, orange jam, toffee as well as some minty undertones, with cherries and poached plums. All of this is neither sweet nor dry.  
    • Finish
      Medium. Caramel and oak remain, but fades faster than anticipated.

  32. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Prune, toffee, blueberry, raisin and cherry. Initially a little sulphur.
    • Taste
      Prune, raisin, cherry, blueberry, cocoa, leather and toffee
      .
    • Finish
      Prune, cherry, toffee, cocoa, rubber and nuts
      .

  35. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Certainly a well-behaved an polished Mortlach. It's not the meaty monster you'd might expect, but a mere gentle dram. Single cask, but probably not one cask only, as it is rather rounded. Doesn't matter anyhow, the result is a fruity, spicy and medium wood-influenced whisky.
    • Nose
      Rich, slightly salty toffee, raisins, vanilla, pastry (actually together they remind me of a typical Dutch "koffiebroodje"). But there is more: plums, sweet cinnamon, melon, apple, wood, and a hint of wood smoke. 
    • Taste
      Fierce, warming, and well-balanced between sweet, sour. It's hardly bitter/drying. A feeling of autumn comes up, with orange sauce (for a classic meal with duck), cinnamon, prune, a bit of dunnage warehouse (oxidising sherry) and a dash of pepper. The wood is not too present, which works well here. 
    • Finish
      Long, with an increased influence of the oak. This is pleasant. There is polished furniture, a hint of wood smoke, sherry (warehouse), cinnamon, only a little pepper, grilled orange, raisins, and hazelnut.

  37. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Hammer part. Dark dried fruits from the sherry barrel and tropical aromas like from a bourbon barrel. Unfortunately, it loses fruitiness with water.
    • Nose
      Dried plums, cinnamon. Green apples, prickly pears, passion fruit, freshly sawn wood, woody, unripe pear. Unfortunately with water less prickly pear and more plum.
    • Taste
      Taste: Prickly pear, tingling sensation on the tongue, chocolate, passion fruit, passion fruit.
    • Finish
      Finish: apricot, coffee, long, not dry. Thyme. Unfortunately, not much fruit.

  38. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. mr.p9 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    wel balanced sherry bomb. powerful but not too much.

    Spot on!!!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  40. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

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