Mortlach 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Wee Witchie
Stated Age
12 years old
Ex-Sherry & ex-Bourbon casks
43.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Sep 2018 4:11 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 53.15

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 12-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.60 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    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 Expert Junior

    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. DocF 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. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Scent Nose: Familiar incense, ash, melon smoothie, honey, succulent fruit, woody milky fragrance, plump smell, mango syrup, a little pear pit.
    Taste Palate: high sweetness, no acid, some bitterness. Mango, Angelica, wolfberry, pineapple pie, honey passion fruit juice, slightly dry milk flavor, creamy macadamia nuts, comfrey paste Final rhyme Finish: long, wooden furniture, coconut sugar, incense burner, ash body: light and watery , Slightly astringent, oily feeling is not strong, but still some plump

    Nose: 84.5/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 83/100
    Overall: 84/100

    Overall: Although the impression of 14 years and 20 years is not as good as that of 16 years, I have clearly gained the essence of 16 years in 12 years. The style is mostly a combination of tropical fruit jam and ashes, and the wine is slightly plump.

  10. Marcel74 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Tasty and beautifully balanced .. certainly not a beast
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity, red fruit, caramel toffee
    • Taste
      Cherries, red light fruit, chocolate. Sweet, oily
    • Finish
      Spicy, full and round, a bit drier than the taste, oakiness


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