Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Sherry Cask
Stated Age
29 years old
Sherry Wood
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
26 Jan 2018 8:04 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 259,00

27 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

118 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1988 CA

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.93 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] This is another dram out of this year's advent calendar from Cadenhead - which is a good overview of their 2018 releases and I always appreciate the opportunity to do such a samples tasting around christmas time.

    I am very curious if there is any unsulphured Mortlach at all (from the eighties) - but obviously there is not such a thing out there. This again is a heavily sulphur-spoiled Mortlach that is nothing else than disgusting to my taste buds, sorry all ye folks that love such stuff: I never did and I never will - whisky should be made for the angels and not for the devil, never ever!!!
    • Nose
      The colour is deep gold and the nose is sulphured - what else? Oh oh Mortlach - did you really accept all the sulphur-spoiled casks other distilleries rejected? This is not "just a whiff" of gunpowder and spent matches - this is a whole firework burnt. How can anybody find any pleasant aroma under such a wall of sulphured smoke, I can not...
    • Taste
      Just disgusting to me (like chewing the ignition area of a matchbox, try this!)... But all followers of the satan will adore this, for sure!
    • Finish
      This dram shows exactly that scurfy-astringent mouthfeel all heavily sulphur-spoiled whiskies own, booah this is gross! The finish is long what is not an asset in this case...

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An intense and fine example of sherried Mortlach, very decent and high-quality cask.
    • Nose
      Extremely creamy, strawberries, tyre, rubber, a whiff of sulphur (not in a bad way), exotic fruits, pungent alcohol, fresh almonds surround by red berries, 
    • Taste
      Powerful and intensive, a true heavy distillate! Very salty, umami, salted caramel, minty blood oranges, then rubber and burned matches, liquorice.
    • Finish
      Minty and bitter, the touch of sulphur.

  3. captwilks67 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    While others have stated sulphur, this is an obvious attempt to lower the price, or some other tactic to keep availability. Because this is one of the finest examples of a clean, not overly sherried, and complex mortlach that I have had.

    Cadenhead's notes are spot on! the first time that I have experienced a malt where the distributor notes are accurate. What an experience this is!

    On a latter note, why has Whiskybase become a place where profit and availability influences ones opinion on a malt. we are here for taste, not your lies.

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A sherry Butt.
    • Nose
      Salted dried pork and black pudding. Very meaty.
    • Taste
      Black forrest gateaux. marzipan then fruit square cake.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, blackcurrant, Brazil nuts.

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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


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