Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 4:15 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 88.11

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

78 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.31 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. 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

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

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