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Mortlach 1993 AD

Overall rating
89.53/100
votes
72
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Limited
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry
Casknumber
4466
Number of bottles
385
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 Aug 2018 3:51 pm by GIngi
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 345,00

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72 × member ratings

116 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1993 AD

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.53 points

  1. GIngi scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    by Scotchwhisky.com - 95 points (Outstanding)

    Nose
    Mature and initially fruity, then you pick up tobacco pouch, game pie with redcurrant jelly, peaches in brandy, a tiny hint of cereal, then red liquorice and an increasingly funky element. Grows and deepens, becoming ever more complex so that it can encompass the sweetness of Manuka honey, beeswax-polished furniture, leather-bound books, roast venison, and baked fruits. Water increases the gravitas and concentration, while smoke from an incense stick flutters in the background.

    Palate
    Elegant and layered. A big, rich, multifaceted dram which holds its strength well. You pick up melted chocolate, heavy black fruits, balanced by a (very Mortlach-like) sweet earthiness. In time, there’s some Seville orange, then pipe tobacco. As with the nose you are overwhelmed by a fluxing, shifting mix of the sweet and the savoury, the light and lifted, and the rooted and heavy. There’s a huge retronasal mix of venison and dry leaves, while a drop of water adds lift and a dusty exoticism that brings to mind dried rose petal and treacle toffee.

    Finish
    Burnt meat, then sweetness once again.

    Conclusion
    Remarkable. Whiskies like this don’t come along very often. You know what to do.

    I completely admit - this one is outstanding, especially the taste!

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    While the nose is quite attractive in its own right, it is the palate that really brings down the house—or my house at least.
    • Nose
      Mild notes of apple compote, as well as kumquats and orange zest, but it also has a earthy quality, with soil and cigar tobacco. Good waxy features, as well as some soft floral and mineral notes, and a proper amount of honey, which reminds me of the Timorous Beastie 40yo.
    • Taste
      Massively oily and waxy, with honeyed almonds and rich mangoes, as well as oranges. Some modest spices, mainly white pepper, but also lingering cigar tobacco and charred meat.
    • Finish
      A whisper of menthol and wooden cigar box. Lingering sweetness.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic dram, but 300 euro's for a 25 yo independent bottling remains "a bit steep" pricing as far as I'm concerned. Springbank like forces at work here?
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet with a distinct fruity sourness, cherries on syrup, (unripe) blackberries, cooked dark red and black fruit jam, stewed apples and pears, cinnamon, quite nutty, some faint black tea note and a whiff of mint and menthol. I'm not so much getting the meaty, earthy and leather notes as observed in other reviews here.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very full bodied, thick and creamy, fruit explosion alert! Dark sweet and sour fruits, cherries some blueberries and currants, but also a more syrupy orange like sweetness. At the back a peppery spice note and some sweet tobacco.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and luscious: a thick lingering sweet and sour fruitiness, dark chocolate with an accompanying mild wood spice note.

  4. mordread scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Are there two of them?... ;))) SV - 85p.

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Difficult one to score, I like the beginning of the nose, the initial development, but in the end it is too woody for me.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The expected Mortlach meatiness is present right at the start, which is good, along with a woody spiciness. After a few moment more fruits appear, in particular some tangerines. I must say that the initial development is very promising. It brings a more sweeter side forward, with strawberry-flavoured marshmallows and nougat, which is mixed with hot peppers, mint tea, more wood spices, some slightly cheesy scents like a good dessert cheese, and more sweet fruits like peaches. The nose continuously seems to switch between spicier and sweeter side, which makes it very intriguing in the beginning. I also get notes of ginger and lemongrass. Ultimately it sticks with the wood spices and lemon grass-ginger combo, no further development noticeable. Water brings a creamier side with lemon-flavoured with thick cream covered with a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      There is orange zest, mint, and lots and lots of spices. Luckily, it develops towards a creamier side, like the nose. I get some chocolate, chocolate cream, tobacco, hot peppers, again this is spicy, white pepper, some cardamon, a hint of ginger, a hint of koriander, and a bag of spicy nuts. The spices do not give way, more wood comes forward, in particular polished wood, and it becomes more citrussy, starting with lemon cream, but towards lemon grass. A hint of bitterness, I would say something like fresh ginger. It is also slightly drying. With water, the bitterness is pronounced, although there is still a wonderfully fresh feeling in between the wood.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Woody, spicy and slightly sour.

  8. Gee scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    It's a nice balanced dram. There's enough to discover as the tones come one after another.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Earthy and grassy, light sweetness, some floral tones and a little tobacco.
    • Taste
      92 92
      It's layered, tones come one after another, and it's all balanced. There's definitely fruit like raisins, dried orange. And there is some peppery sharpness. Again there's also the tobacco.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long with chocolate and some wood (light bitterness), still some sweetness like raisins, dried orange and again some floral tones.

  9. el Gato scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Oh. The scores are all over the place.

    To me, this was one of the driest drams I've ever come across. So much oak bitterness tha is hard to come around. Yes, you do have some meatyness there that you got to love. But this was too much dry and bitter oak influence to me.
    This was desperate for water imo, which gave more mint, citrus and loads of spices, pepper in particular.
    This is not sulphury like the similar AD cask #4469, but in spite of that I do prefer #4469 over this one. Allways nice to try Mortlach. Cheers

  10. EJS scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

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