Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
85.49/100
votes
727
Whiskybase ID
WB117290
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distiller's Dram
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry casks
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8283DM004
Barcode
5000281054698
Added on
08 sep 2018 4:15 pm by maltaholic
Colored

Average value

€ 95.85

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

94 users have left 99 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.49 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Light, fruity, very easy drinkable
    • Nose
      85 85
      Apple, pear, some honey, vanilla, hay, little citric
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, citric, little pepper, subtle sweetness, honey, apple, pear aagain, hay
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, warm, fruity, honey, pepper

  2. Spoerkel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    First a nose full of gummy bears. The taste is slightly woody, but without much vanilla. The finish is amazingly sharp for 43.4% ABV. A bit disappointing for a 16 year old.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. etwa77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    finally.. i don’t like it. with the exception of one herbal, fresh, bowmore-y note on the palate.. the rest of the experience is not convincing.. there’s too much of everything.. too much colour, too much orange.. too much sweet.. and to much empty-bitter in the finish.. however, that single note is intriguing and i will be looking out for it.

  8. DistiLesha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The 12-year release is more signature. In this version, oak and sherry casks begin to pull the blanket over themselves.
    The sulphurousness and minerality of Mortlach, beloved by my heart, is washed away.
    N:22 T:22 F:21 B:20
    • Nose
      Thin, fresh, sherry, interspersed with barley porridge, powerful notes of prunes and other dried fruits, low sulfur content, vanilla, fragrance, chalk
    • Taste
      Bitter, spicy, tannic, sherry, a lot of fruits and dried fruits, viscous, oily, a lot of prunes and dark dried apricots
    • Finish
      Tannins, bitterness, prunes

  9. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. dominikbraun scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I don't know why some colleagues here with 89 points turn the wheel - but the balance of wood, spice and fruit is very nice. Drinkable!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. MartinSchmartin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Delicious! A standard that you can drink well at any time. Sweet but also dry. Nice oily, buttery mouthfeel. Tart, sherry notes and a very slightly peppery finish.

  13. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Always very intense nose, on wood and smoked meat, but also smoother, sweeter. More body and thickness, too. Always good marmalade, quince this time. It's thicker, more candied. The palate is both smooth and robust, very well made, red meat and blood oranges. Duck with orange, with some spices, cloves, cumin, saffron. The finish is quite long, powerful just enough, oaky, on the fig. Loose earth, humus, small mossy plants.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/11/mortlach-16-yo-distillers-dram.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Foudos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  17. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 10-06-2021.

  18. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    full and soft Morty, easy going, misses a bit that old school fatty Mortlach profile.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. Emperor69 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Mortlach 16 YO Distiller's Dram

    Category: Single Malt
    Manufacturer and bottler: Mortlach Distillery (Diageo)
    Region: Speyside
    Fortress: 43.4%
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 04/16/2019
    Barrel type: ex-sherry
    Min. age: 16 years old
    Filtration: present
    Dye: yes

    Nose. Despite the fact that, unlike the 12-year-old version, the whisky is aged exclusively in sherry casks, in aromatics it generally repeats the profile of its predecessor, only becoming thicker and more concentrated. It is even sweeter, fruitier and spicier, with a noticeable influence of woody tones. Dark berries (blueberries, blackberries) and baked orange, wax tones, plum jam, dried apricots are added to dark honey, brown raisins, toffee, chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla and ginger. Sulphurous tones that give Mortlach releases a "meaty" character have not gone away, but seem to have only intensified.

    On the palate, density, sweetness and spiciness are also higher than 12 by one order. The sherry casks have done a good job here. Beeswax, brown cane sugar, raisins, dried apricots, dark berries, citrus fruits, plums, cherries, pastries, hazelnuts are combined into a single flavor ensemble with tobacco leaves, dusty earthy motifs, ginger and cloves.

    Aftertaste. Continuous. Dryish. Dark berries, hazelnuts, dustiness.

    Summary. This release is a slight qualitative improvement over The Wee Witchie. Despite aging exclusively in sherry casks, Mortlach did not turn into the usual “sherry bomb”, but continued to bend the line of its predecessor. The classic complex fruity Speyside whisky with its specific “meaty” character has become a little denser and a little tastier.

    Rating: 86 out of 100.

  20. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Mortlach 16yo (official bottling), 43.4%.

    30ml at home, Sep 2021.

    A dull orange or light shade of amber.

    Aroma is orangey, fairly fresh and zingy, blood orange and orange flavouring. More 'orange flavoured sweets' than actual oranges. Orange gummy sweets. How many times did I just say 'orange'? I lost track, but that's a dominant vibe so I stand by it.

    Taste is gentle with you up front, some more orangey vibes, it will just sit there innocently for as long as you let it, but becoming salty late on, just before the swallow, and some ethanol comes through towards the finish - quite surprising after the tame start - and it actually becomes quite warming for the low abv. The profile sits somewhere between a (low rye) rye whisky and a sherried Scotch on the palate. Slightly resinous and spicy, yet fruity and oaky, gummy sweets. Quite good overall. Packs a surprising punch on the finish at only 43%. Nice stuff. 3.5/84

  21. jykoo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Intense and well balance but this Mortlach 16 is a bit too sweet for me. The sweetness overlap the other flavour like herb, spice that i could easily get in 12 yrs. Maybe it is a newly open btl need some time to open up.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. Don Cassi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Creamy and fruity after apricot and grapes on the nose, reminiscent of a cognac. Behind it some blackberry.

    Somewhat undifferentiated in the mouth but not boring.

    In the finish, a good portion of oak, which covers fine fruit notes.
    Length: 4/10

    The nose is still the most interesting, but then unfortunately it lacks expressiveness and independence. Others in this price range offer significantly more recognition value.

    Grade: 2

  23. DannyDram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Honey, malt, pear, tobacco, caramel, citric, a bit maritime. Not quite balanced, slightly watery, monotonous, medium body, medium intensity, slightly astringent.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. yfalkov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Red fruits, coffee, leather, dried lychee
    • Taste
      Sweet fruits, leather, spices, wood, pepper
    • Finish
      Long, oak, spicy, nutty

  25. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant and enjoyable, but somehow I just expect Mortlach to be a bit more angular and difficult than these new OBs have turned out to be.

    I tasted this with a full compliment of Mortlachs ( OBs Rare Old, 12, 14, 15 GoT, 16, 18, 20, and the 2019 G&M 25), and if there is something to be said for the whole OB line, the 43,4% bottling strength is too low because it kills the finishes.
    • Nose
      Compared to the 12yo and the 14yo, this one is already showing some maturity. Starts a bit soapy, but then turns to ample walnuts, dry dark chocolate (Van Houtens powder), cigar leaves, and faint bouillons.
    • Taste
      Almost too similar to the 12 and the 14. There is a heavier sherry presence here, but after trying the younger ones, I'm not super thrilled by this one. Obviously better than those two, but not by much.
    • Finish
      Once again the ABV leaves the finish unimpressive and swift.

  26. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

    The much more layered and complex taste overwhelms the indistinct aroma. I did this evaluation for a bottle that has been open for about 2 years. And in truth, the impressions are significantly better than during the first few months after opening.

    In terms of experience and impressions, Mortlach 16yo is roughly on the same level as my other favorite from the Diageo stable, the Clynelish 14yo. Therefore, the same points. Although, I would rate Clynelish half a point higher if I could.
    • Nose
      Weaker, rather quiet and indistinct. Cane sugar, toffifee and caramel pudding. Vanilla. Very light sage and cinnamon.

      After adding water: Lemon wafers, Linz sweets.
    • Taste
      Chili, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, caramel, mint, steak with pepper and cranberries. But also a liqueur filling in chocolate candies (from a box of chocolates) or a beaten apple.

      It is enough to add relatively little water. Vanilla roll, peach, lemon pulp and plum bun with crumbs.
    • Finish
      Dry and slightly woody. Hazelnuts and light menthol. Mint tea. Slightly fermented grape juice, which gradually turns into the impression of pickled cucumber pickle.

      With water: Peas, lemon pulp and vanilla sugar.

  28. lucero scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. jkswift scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  30. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a decent dram. Quite friendly and good touch of sherry.
    Bought this at the Dutch flagshipstore 'Woudenberg' and got a free sample of the 20yo!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft sherried whisky, a friend of everybody. Quite an elegant nose. Hints of fruit, papaya, banana and pineapple. Hint of leather and chocolate.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Initially sweet and sour, quickly taken over by some sherry notes. Dried red fruit, caramel, hint of hay, touch of heather.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short- medium length. Little dry initially, some honey, some red fruits and it ends with sawdust.
      The weakest point I suggest.

  32. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Portfolioman scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    very classic, well done
    • Nose
      Honey, pastries, subtle notes of sherry
    • Taste
      strong, spicy, leather, a bit peppery at the end, slightly sweet
    • Finish
      medium length, leathery spiciness, sweet, dry

  34. Igitor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    The Beast of Dufftown in its new cloak - boy, that rebranding was so desperately needed. To hell with Mortlach's ultra-premium deluxe image! On the nose, blood oranges, cloves and heather jump at you. Raspberries, sage and honey follow shortly after, and there is an earthy note creeping in. Full-bodied and intense, the palate guides you through the flavor wheel: fruity, bitter and sour, then savory, sweet and slightly dry. Tangerine, peppermint and a touch of stout escort the long and cask-dominated finish. A great comeback of a characterful Speysider.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. Feorag86 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Pineapple, figs, caramel, cinnamon, rolled oats and almonds
    • Taste
      89 89
      Chocolate, hazelnuts, ginger, orange, vanilla bean and grapefruit
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dark roasted coffee beans, mint and bay leaf

  37. DrunkDude scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose: peaches and strawberry, lime, and little meaty ness of as the character, light and easy noses, delightful and delicate.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Taste: strawberrys, sour salty fruits and chocolate, citrus, light but embodied with spices.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Finish: citrus and dark chocolate

  38. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Auriverdes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  40. GMCBittenfeld scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Reviewing a bottle with bottle code L8283DM002:
    one word: thin. Sadly... I was looking forward so much to this bottle but "thin" describes it best. If you want a more positive word you could say "gentle" or "subtle". But for me it's just thin in every aspect. Probably not a bad malt, just not my taste. Maybe I was hyped too much. It's probably good if you like very gentle and elegant whiskies. If you like your whisky with edges and character then stay away. After trying more then 100 different Single Malt Whiskies I sadly have to put this to the disappointing ones.
    • Nose
      70 70
      For a sherry cask maturation it's lacking the typical sherry cask notes like raisins, dates, figs, other dark fruits or spices like cinnamon. It's more on a greenish side: like apple cider or strarfruit. Sometimes a small burst of sherry aromas occur but then they are pretty thin for a 16 year old... Some toffee.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Hard to tell. Very gentle, no itching, no burning. Not bad in general, just a bit thin :-P but feels elegant and enjoyable.
      Half of the bottle is empty now - still not more to say.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Medium. Quiet some spice and oak but again: thin.
      There really isn't anything REALLY bad about this whisky - I would never say it tastes awful it's just... thin. Sorry.

  41. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  42. TeddyKGB scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Mortlach 16,

    What about you, you are very classy, very elegant. You have kept this premium silhouette of the past years when you got lost in an inconsiderately expensive range, favoring the look over the quality.
    These years seem so far behind you, and that's good.
    In terms of content, I unfortunately read about you that the first batches were clearly superior to those of today, so I don't regret having bought you when you came out.
    As far as I'm concerned, you are certainly interesting but far from the expectations I had for you. I think to keep you warm in my collection ...

  43. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  44. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious, grown-up, elegant. (The 16er flora & fauna is unfortunately too long ago for reliable memory comparisons, but at least I think it would have been stronger, rougher.)
    I would find 50 € appropriate here, 60 borderline, the usual 70+ are clearly too much for me.
    • Nose
      very pleasant, much milder, rounder, more elegant than the 12, apricot, tart orange, dark chocolate, cinnamon, wax
    • Taste
      first fruity (again delicious apricot), then cocoa / dark chocolate, then spicy oak
    • Finish
      long, warm, dry, cocoa, oak

  45. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very well balanced, sherry-matured whisky. Not a sherry bomb, but a malt, in which one always discovers new facets.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First of all: Orange. Then: strawberries, some vanilla and toffee, sherry tones, but not intrusive, dark fruits in the background, light spiciness, well rounded
    • Taste
      87 87
      Gentle start, berries, orange, sherry, darker fruits and vanilla, again very harmonious
    • Finish
      88 88
      Orange, spices and dark chocolate, remaining surprisingly long

  46. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very successful sherry whisky. Also worth the price if you can get it for a little over 60 euros.
    • Nose
      Sherry, dark fruit
    • Taste
      Very pleasant and soft until the spice is noticeable. Clear sherry notes.
    • Finish
      Medium to long,

  47. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  48. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N- Sweet maltose and pickled ginger heats warming up for more spices to shows, as well the molasses, demarara sugar that are quite rum-y. Creamy vanilla profiteroles with pinch of crushed leafy herbs. (87/21)

    P- Chocolate coated mixed fruit sweetness overcast, hint of leather, hint of honey and hint of phenol, all in gentle manner for rounded and quite profound mouthfeel. (88/22)

    F- Long, echoing with juicy oak rising, christmas chocolate cookies, after burn furnace with lovely tingling sensation on the tongue, ginger flavour popping candy. (91/22)

    B/B- 88/22 Another one that perfect to follow up with sip of pipping hot coffee...

    Weighted Rate- 87pt

    Cr-3, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-1
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Sweet maltose and pickled ginger heats warming up for more spices to shows, as well the molasses, demarara sugar that are quite rum-y. Creamy vanilla profiteroles with pinch of crushed leafy herbs. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Chocolate coated mixed fruit sweetness overcast, hint of leather, hint of honey and hint of phenol, all in gentle manner for rounded and quite profound mouthfeel. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, echoing with juicy oak rising, christmas chocolate cookies, after burn furnace with lovely tingling sensation on the tongue, ginger flavour popping candy. (91/22)

      B/B- 88/22 Another one that perfect to follow up with sip of pipping hot coffee...

      Weighted Rate- 87pt

      Cr-3, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-2, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-3, Sc-1
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  49. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Spicy and a lot of herbs

  50. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Since the Facefilft has also unfortunately changed a lot in Morlach.
    Valuable bottle, questionable content.
    I'm a big fan of Mortlach, Linkwood and Longmorn, especially the G & M bottlings.
    What is currently on the market is PLV moderately very scary, especially in Mortlach .... consider the current Diageo Special Releases .....

  51. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  52. Ana_tol scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I knew it before, I will not get warm with Mortlach. When I took the first dram, I thought, okay, slight bourbon cask flavor. But when I took a closer look I read Sherry Cask. After that I searched for the Sherry Cask. Honestly, even though I'm preloaded with Mortlach, for the course I get really nice first fill Bourbon Cask, which are really good. Therefore from my side only 78 points. Hardly nosing, barely on the palate and very short in the finish. Who likes it, like. But the PLV does not fit.

  53. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      earthy, grassy, apple, unripe banana, cinnamon, plums, walnuts, creme brulee, sour
    • Taste
      pepper, vanilla, creme brulee, raisins, cloves, leather, brown sugar, coffee, mocha

  54. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Darjeeling

    This 16 Year Old – dubbed the Distiller’s Dram – should make us forget the 16 years old from the Flora & Fauna series. That will not be easy, as that was a top dram. This new one is likewise matured on sherry casks, but has a slightly higher ABV.

    The nose is round and elegant, almost feminine. Softer than the 12 Year Old with much more sweetness. The sherry casks have done a good job. Overripe banana, orange marmalade, toffee and toffee apples, but also apricots, plums and sultanas. Some earthy and wood glue, but in the good sense. Refined and complex.

    Succulent! Dark and sweet on sultanas, dried apricots, juicy cherries, blood oranges and plums upholstered with some cloves and cinnamon. Then I get some hazelnuts and a bitterness as if from Darjeeling tea that has been left unattended. You can almost chew this one. Very good!

    The finish is long, dark and sweet with some drying tannins at the death.

    Refined. Elegant. Feminine. Wonderful. Complex yet dangerously quaffable. Offer this at cask strength and it will truly be The Wild Child of Speyside.

  55. mandragoru scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  56. ConvalRen scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  57. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lush, extremely robust but wonderfully aromatic. Various dark honeys such as fir or forest honey, delicate nutty sherry, subtle smoke, waxed softwood, orange liqueur, dark chocolate and delicate oak. Very mature and absolutely passionate about food. Turns orange with a little water.
    • Taste
      Fat, oily onion with sherry, oak, dark honeys, fine spices, regrown softwood and delicate smoke. Gradually, brown sugar and gingerbread soaked in orange liqueur follow. Overall, wonderfully mouth-filling. Smoky with some water but also slightly flowery.
    • Finish
      Long, oak, fir honey and soft smoke. Really amazing!

  58. Rien scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  59. dr.mad scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  60. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

    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.

  61. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    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.

  62. Sandman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  63. 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.

  64. craide scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My first Mortlach but probably not the last. Nice lighter tasty malt. He likes the nose. After that he builds up a bit. He needed more steam.
    Still very tasty.
    • Nose
      87 87
      fruity sherry nose with wet earth, slightly sweet with honey, mainly dark fruits, in the background marzipan. Nice pleasantly soft nose with slight alcoholic (or glue, not sure) note
    • Taste
      85 85
      Full round sherry flavor with apricot plums. In addition to this light honey sweetness. A few spices like cloves and cinnamon and a little pepper. Absolutely soft, almost creamy and nice and tasty. A higher alcohol content would certainly be appropriate here. That would give the whole thing a bit more pressure and directness. So it seems quite indecisive and fluctuates between complexity and easily drinkable.
    • Finish
      84 84
      medium length, sweet, some oak, orange and coffee
      Again one of the aftertaste wears off and does not grab me.

  65. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 778: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTWPR6_sgmI (88/100).

  66. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Ripe banana, orange marmalade and orange sweets, with cinnamon and caramel glazed red apples. Hints of dried apricots and figs as well. Really enjoyable.
    • Taste
      Succulent fruit – cherries, sultanas and bitter oranges. But also spices, like nutmeg, followed by Earl Grey and a certain nuttiness.
    • Finish
      Sweetness and leather, as well as some dry tannins. Medium in length.

  67. valery77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Malt notes, Buratino lemonade, vanilla, green grass, fruit lozenges, freshness (like in the forest after rain), a broken tree branch, canned peaches and pears, dried apricots, sweet pastries, cotton candy. 22
    • Taste
      Moderate, moderately dry (first sip, then dryness disappears, becomes moderately sweet). Black pepper, creamy toffee, citrus peel, fruit lozenges, water with sugar. 21
    • Finish
      Medium in length, fading smoothly, with the presence of alcoholic bitterness at the very end. 20
      Pleasant, light whisky, although bitterness at the finish could be less. Balance 21.
      Total 84

  68. Ainulindale scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Good dram, enjoyed it but would have liked something more on the spicy end of the sherry
    • Nose
      82 82
      Pear, custard, a pinch of cherry and a sprinkle of oak
    • Taste
      85 85
      Very heavy on pear, ripe apples, cherries in alcohol, ginger & chocolate
    • Finish
      80 80
      Very soft & sober

  69. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very aromatic.
    Lots of sherry, ripe and gentle.
    Fantastic.

  70. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aromatically tart and pleasantly acidic, with plentiful yet perfectly balanced wood influence. Elegant and restrained and flawless to boot, but certainly no „beast“. The Mortlach funkiness remains very much in the background, but can be coaxed out with time and a drop of water. While its‘s too diluted in the manner of many a mass-market bottling to warrant a higher score, it‘s certainly an unboring easy sipper. The aromatic oak reminds me of Nikka from the Barrel, while its softness (and thinness) feels like Aberlour 18, but this has a zesty-sour edge that differentiates it from other Speysiders. Really well-composed, but frustratingly, it‘s just a bit too thin.

  71. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    bright, memorable whisky, saturated with sherry notes, with a twist. Super!
    • Nose
      juicy, sherry, filled with dried fruits and fresh berries. I feel shades of fruit gum, roasted chestnuts and young bark.
    • Taste
      strawberries, strawberries, corn bread, walnuts, tannins.
    • Finish
      medium duration, with echoes of milk chocolate, dried fruit, dried berries, spicy spices and oak.

  72. Worldof whisky91 scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    best single malt of 2019 I have been able to try.The products details on site says its an ex sherry cask totally wrong its a 100% sherry cask with a distillation process that almost goes for a triple distillation but a the third distillation it's stopped almost at the finishing,the bottle labels has this 2.81 which is almost a triple distillation process that gives a very smooth character Taste profile,very rich and fruity orchard fruit,grapes to the nose amazing for those who love drinking whisky during summer as well this is the one.

  73. Steven79 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  74. 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.

  75. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nice and pleasant whisky, pretty full of taste for such a lower Abv.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, prunes, oranges, some honey sweetness. Hints of chocolate, some toffee, and later on some floral notes as well
    • Taste
      86 86
      Slightly pickering, sweet, some oranges again, honey. Now licorice appears. Then some prunes, and coffee
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still a little pickering, licorice, some bitterness, coffee. Honey. Pretty long finish.

  76. squaadgras scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  77. Mark-E scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  78. Tano77 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  79. Dude1971 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  80. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  81. erizo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think, a completely successful whisky from Mortlach, pleasant smell, spicy, but sweet taste with short, sweet finish, very tasty.
    Succeeded ....
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, light berries and spices
    • Taste
      89 89
      actually after cloves and nutmeg, more intense with a little water, very tasty
    • Finish
      84 84
      short and sweet

  82. LeChiffre scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      fruity-sweet; Berries; Marzipan; Oranges; Honey; Dried fruits; some milk chocolate; subtle oak spice in the background
    • Taste
      83 83
      earthy; fleshy; soft and tasty; Honey; Raisins; nutty; Toffee; some chocolate; delicate oak
    • Finish
      80 80
      peppery-spicy; tart notes; Oak

  83. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Divisive. Good quality flavors, but it's a little thin and don't punch me.
    • Nose
      Sherry, malt, honey, citrus, waxy apples and marzipan.
    • Taste
      Oily. Sherry, raisin, malt, plum jam and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet, spicy.

  84. Expraesi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Cinnamon spice and berry fruit, Sherrynote, altogether very mild nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Intense, to a spiciness pairs leather, tobacco but also some sweetness, toffee.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium. sweet and oak spicy.

  85. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Color: Chestnut / Oloroso sherry

    The cheap-looking burnt-on note of the 12yo is gone, and I have to admit, the massive wood insert fits surprisingly well to the clearly existing Mortlach character. I am not very enthusiastic, it lacks some intensity and "directness" - but I like it better than last time - 87 points with a tendency to 88. Oh, sherry is clearly present and sulfur in my estimation not.
    • Nose
      Again significantly darker, turpentine, earth, musty, old oak cabinet, orange oil. Perceptible tannins, nutmeg, ginger and cloves already in the nose.
    • Taste
      Compared to the 12yo significantly voluminous, spicy tingle on the tongue, orange liqueur, pine resin, Bailey's, coffee liqueur. For 43% intense tannins, sour, unripe plums, green gooseberries.
    • Finish
      Hot coffee, angekokelte orange peel, block malt, nutmeg, dry oak, cane sugar. Long, dry towards the end.

  86. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    pleasant drop that would benefit for my taste from 46-48%. As it is bottled he is too thin for me and therefore much too expensive
    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet and buttery, nougat, marzipan, dates, figs, potting soil, orange
    • Taste
      82 82
      round and soft, earthy, meaty, nutty, restrained fruity with hints of chocolate
    • Finish
      82 82
      slightly dry, tart, peppery, orange peel

  87. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great Malt, harmonious, balanced, nice thing
    • Nose
      Raisins, slightly Sherry is stronger, tart / dark fruit really nice, cinnamon, gingerbread
    • Taste
      full and silky on the palate
      spicy, light raisin becomes more, fresh sawn oak, sherry, slightly dark caramel, a citrus fruit
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Sherry, slightly oak, brown floury apple

  88. EJS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  89. Othorion scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • 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

  90. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  91. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

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

    20 20 20 20 80

  93. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  94. Thorgal scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very nice stuff! Full almost heavy body, mouthcoating, feels good. Sherry is there allright, nice and balanced, not overpowering. Has an elegant undertone of mint coming through, mixes nicely with the sherry sweetness. We've (finally) got an affordable and seriously good malt from Mortlach again. One to saviour.

  95. 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...

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