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Mortlach 12-year-old

Overall rating
82.56/100
votes
185
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Wee Witchie
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry & ex-Bourbon casks
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281054674
Added on
08 Sep 2018 4:11 pm by maltaholic
Colored

Average value

€ 52.94

27 × in wishlist

185 × member ratings

409 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 12-year-old

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.56 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Mogwai

    For years Mortlach was only available as a 16 Year old in the Flora & Fauna series, but in 2015 Diageo decided to ‘premiumise’ the brand. It was replaced by a NAS (Rare Old), and 18 and 25 years old, but the prices were so high that the bottles gathered dust on the shelves. So Diageo rethought their strategy and replaced the core range once more with an (more) affordable 12, 16 and 20 years old. I’ll gladly try them for you. Let me start with the 12 Year Old, named The Wee Witchi after the small No 1 Wines Still with a contents of a mere 7.880 liters.

    The nose is fruity and sweet on sugared oranges, plums, sultanas with a soft note of vanilla. Pretty creamy. Some cinnamon and nutmeg. Hint of pencil shavings and banana peel.

    Creamy and quite spicy on nutmeg, ginger and woodspice on the palate. Less sweet than the nose announce. More like sweet & sour. Lovely notes of orange marmalade, chewing tobacco and some gooseberries. I light bitterness as well. Nice.

    Pretty long finish that allows the bitter note to continue and leaves the mouth fairly dry. Luckily it is sweet enough to not become astringent. It does remain quite spicy.

    Despite the young age, this Mortlach is already quite round and spicy with a good body. The Mogwai of the series.

  2. Othorion scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Lemon, grass, hay, some honey, oranges, malty, orange soda
    • Taste
      78 78
      quite watery and thin, sweet, brown sugar, caramel, oranges, nutmeg, with orange jam. Pretty boring
    • Finish
      77 77
      short, some oak, a little coffee, no, all in all that's nothing

  3. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Since I basically like Mortlach, I was happy to have this dram in my glass.

    Color: golden caramel
    • Nose
      Peach, orange zest, fudge, malt, cherry, raisins
    • Taste
      Caramel, raisins, steak, white pepper, cake
    • Finish
      medium length, slightly acidic, oak, plum

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Notes of chalk and sour cherries, with a hint of pencil shavings and saw dust. A whiff of raisins and sultanas, as well as a touch of honey, cinnamon, and some pronounced orange peel.
    • Taste
      A whiff of ginger, followed by caramel and orange marmalade. Finally a touch of burnt toast, cigar tobacco and pencil shavings.
    • Finish
      A tad dry, spicy and with a pinch of oak.

  5. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Color: Burnished

    The same conclusion as at the chat-Stammtisch: There are worse 12 year old, but also better for less money. Tastes much better than last time, 84 points. The burnt note in the nose is a bit cheap.
    • Nose
      Orange peel, malt. Tart, unripe prunes, burnt bread. For 12 years relatively heavy and spicy, ginger and nutmeg. A fine vanilla note.
    • Taste
      Neat volume in the mouth, not watery, more nutmeg, polished oak, bitter orange jam. Sourish, gooseberries and unripe plums.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, latte, blockade. Unspectacular.

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    21 20 20 20 81
    drinkable and modern style

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    1458) Mortlach, 12YO, The Wee Withcie
    • Nose
      N- A modest 12YO but adequately shows the unique characters of this house style, albeit soft but offers the whiff of meaty side that quintessential to Mortlach. Probably more bourbon than sherry with good offering of orange chocolate, earl grey, fresh cut lawn and an aged Connecticut. More mineral developed with spiced prunes. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Soft and tender on the palate with vanilla, orange butter, cinnamon, sweet spices, and get quite nutty at the tail. Profound sweet ginger and some spiciness show up in the middle. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, rounded with fine weight, toasted, sweet spices, subtly dry with fine coat of zest and lasting caramelized nutty sweetness. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22

      Weighted Rate- 85pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  8. rogiervanderplas scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    a great way to meet the Mortlach distillery
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The bourbon barrel is much brighter than the sherry. Definitely let it breathe whisky. Fresh: 84 points. Breathing: 86 points.
    • Nose
      Fresh: sherry-oak mix, duchesses, acetones, sharp, oak
      Breathing: fresh
      With water: nothing changes
    • Taste
      Fresh: sweetness, pungency, burning, duches, fruit caramel, barberry
      Breathing: spiciness, fruit sweetness, bitterness of oak bark, yeast and malt tones, tobacco leaves
      With water: the sweetness leaves, pleasant lemon sourness is added
    • Finish
      Fresh: duchess, barrel, long
      Breathing: simpler, oak, peanuts
      With water: peanuts

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