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Overall rating
89.08/100
votes
141
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
Bottled for
Germany
Added on
21 Sep 2017 9:23 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159,90

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1994 GM

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.08 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. 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.

  3. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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

  4. schero scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. craide scored this whisky 89 points Member 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.

  8. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

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