Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distiller's Dram
Stated Age
16 years old
Ex Sherry Casks
43.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Sep 2018 4:36 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 81,97

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195 × member ratings

332 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] The 16-years old Mortlach of the Flora & Fauna series is (probably) the most legendary Mortlach release because of its perfect combo of massive sherry and bold malt flavours - a real stunner in the Traditional Scotch style (and I guess many casks were paxarette improved, what is absolutely fine with me). But then Diageo cancelled this release and tried to re-position Mortlach as a premium malt with super-premium prices (and 0.5 litre bottles only). The quality of these "high-end" bottlings was rather chequered and luckily the consumers refused the join in that game (what is not usual during these crazy whisky boom times). Guess what? Diageo reacted and re-positioned Mortlach with the new 12, 16 and 20-years old releases in the middle of the market (again) what is absolutely okay. Hey, consumers still have power in the whisky world - a triple hooray and a big Mortlach dram on that, slainte!

    This new Mortlach 16-years old is completely different from the old Flora & Fauna edition (less sherry-driven) but it is a very Traditional Scotch style dram that is flawless (no sulphur-spoiled cask in this batch what is a great achievement for Mortlach that is infamous for many sulphurous drams), it is perfectly balanced and dangerously quaffable. To be honest, I fell in love with this dram from the very first sip on and this did not change until now (when half of the bottle is gone already). It is neither the most complex nor the most impressive whisky but it is what whisky should be: Easy to sip, delicious and very, very enjoyable...

    PS: Always remember there are many different batches of such standard drams - my review is on batch L8283DM002 (bottling hall code on the bottom of the back side of the bottle) that was bottled on October 10th, 2018. Later releases might be quite different (see my review on batch L9016 WB id 130617)...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is russetmuscat (with the help of caramel as stated on the german label) and the nose offers a flawless modern sherry profile with bold toffee and malty aromas. There are spicy and waxy notes too, all in all a delicious and balanced profile.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is rich on both clean sherry and toffee-vanilla malt flavours in a close-to-perfection mix. No flaw or off-note that I can find, this simply is quaffable without "analysis paralysis" before - a malt that demands what it is destined for: to be enjoyed in good company! Water is not needed.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The arrival of the dram is very creamy and nicely coating without any distracting feeling. The finish is long and vanishes slowly without any distracting feeling. Congrats to a honest and (hopefully) successful repositioning of this fine malt, Diageo - and by the way, I like the bottle design...

  2. Blindbob scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    What a crying shame. 43.4% is odd. Chill filtered and full of caramel is sad. Is this really the beast of Dufftown. It is expensive and the best to be said about it is that it inoffensive. Very disappointing.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Iodine, Caramel.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Sweet, Citrus, Sugar.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Very short and indeterminate.

  3. Othorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      sweet, honey, malt, plums, here you can feel more of the sherry, moist soil, in the background marzipan, unripe bananas
    • Taste
      83 83
      Plum jam, milk chocolate, some toffee, honey bananas, clearly fuller than the 12er, some nutmeg and lemons, tasty
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium, oak marmalade a little espresso and getting dry

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes for the first batch with bottle code L8283DM002.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet sherry notes, dried fruits, apricots, plums, figs, oranges, toffee, nutty (almonds), a bit floral, a mild dusty wood note, ginger, cinnamon and some nutmeg.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spicy, creamy with bitter oranges, some caramel, cocoa, cinnamon, clove and pepper.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length and quite dry: a bit of liquorice but mainly spicy with nutmeg, clove, pepper and woodbitters.

  5. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    20 20 20 20 80

  6. dr.mad scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison Mortlach 16yo and Mortlach 20yo
    First contact: In the taste of 16yo feel alcohol and caramel. The smell of caramel clearly blends with milk chocolate. 20yo, on the other hand, instantly jumped fruitiness that I enjoy. The aroma is manifested by strawberries and some subtlety. Ha, this will be a more interesting duel than I originally thought.

    The second, more in-depth investigation: 16yo brings hazelnut, Linen dough, dried lemon zest and peanuts in sugar. In the scent through caramelity and sometimes even brutal cane sugar, some greenery flashes, and sometimes orange or raisins. 20yo is clearly more fruity in taste. Strawberries, apricots, dried apricots, pears and clear woody finish, but also good quality straw wine. In the fragrance of a variety of candies and sweets, vanilla rolls, partly even awe (walnuts mixed with icing sugar) or vanilla sugar.

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind, or Let's Try What a Water Drop Will Do: 16yo goes lightly into dark chocolate and chocolate pudding. The fragrance is fragrant and unripe walnut, along with nail polish. Cane sugar persists. 20yo lightly, pleasantly bitter. Immature grape, vineyard peach, candy and sap. The smell surprisingly appears musty, but also rye bread and nuts.

  8. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    At first nosing I find a certain dusty note. (Did I clean the glass?) Confectionary sweetness, not unlike big brand rums. Unfortunately, the dusty/sweet combo soon veers in the direction of wet cardboard. Pineapple, and blackened bananas. The taste is thin, but it is just spicy enough to engage. Hold that, it's really spicy. Burnt caramel. With water more honey on the nose, and more oak on the palate. The peppery notes subside for sweetness. Very floral, and grassy, sweeter still. Whatever there is for a finish is very meagre, monotonously bitter, and then just cardboardy again.

    It's not really a beast, is it? Not sure what it is in fact, aside from rather generic. This one is lost on me. Maybe 80 is too kind.

  9. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Raisins, coffee, honey, blackberries, grapefruit, toffee, hazelnuts, chocolate, orange marmalade, hint of tobacco, ginger and winegums.

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the 12er is the already intense and looks more elegant. He shows a little more spices and herbs. But the overall offers for me little exciting.


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