Mortlach 12-year-old

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

Average value

€ 52,46

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97 × member ratings

205 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 12-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.65 points

  1. 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

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

    21 20 20 20 81
    drinkable and modern style

  3. 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.

  4. Stephan Petersen scored this whisky 76 points Newbie

    In terms of smell, it resembles grass and hay in combination with citrus fruits.
    Personally, I think it's a shame that it feels rather thin in the mouth. It does not taste really exciting, but a bit standard for citrus and brown sugar.
    In terms of aftertaste, I thought it was disappointing and I expected more from Mortlach.

  5. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wonderfully composed, oak, many fruity aromas of apples, mirabelles, but also vanilla, chocolate with caramel, apple pie, toffee, forest honey and oranges.
    • Taste
      Typical muscular start with sherry, nuts, fleshy accents, wild honey, ripe rennet, apple pie, some smoke, and floral notes.
    • Finish
      Long and powerful with sherry, nuts and tender oak.

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A decent summer sipper, but curiously little meaty Mortlach character for this age. A bit bland and indistinct.
    • Nose
      Apple juice, lemonade, sesame sweets, marzipan, barley, and a charcoal aspect.
    • Taste
      Acidic, sweet apples, grape juice, pineapple, lemon rind, a bit of spice and a peppery kick from the oak at the end.
    • Finish
      Cereal maltiness, and again the charcoal.

  8. mandragoru scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In the nose relatively easy. In the mouth then through the oak a little more intense. Overall, however, he is too trivial and not very full of character.

  10. 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.


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