Mortlach 20-year-old

Overall rating
86.36/100
votes
256
Whiskybase ID
WB117292
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cowie's Blue Seal
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry casks
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281054711
Added on
08 sep 2018 4:18 pm by maltaholic
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 274.19

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 20-year-old

43 users have left 43 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.36 points.

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    a very nice malt - but not for 200 € ++ end of 2018.
    I see the quality rather in the direction of 70 ¬ and it will
    certainly not more than one sample
    • Nose
      85 85
      grassy, old paper, cattle fund, lemon, lemon zest, citrus oil, lemon zest, orange peel, walnut shells, black tea
    • Taste
      87 87
      mild and round, nutty, some wax and cereals, ginger, leather, some tobacco, pepper, wood oil, some fleshy (funds), orange, chocolate
    • Finish
      86 86
      Lemon, tree juice, orange peel, some old oak cabinet wall

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  3. Monstruo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    citrus, orchard fruits, vanilla, pepper, decent

  6. Isabell scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Putting the price aside, this Mortlach is a really good whisky. Despite the low drinking strength, a nice variety of flavors can be transported.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Fruity, easy drinkable - quite nice
    • Nose
      87 87
      Apple, pear, little honey and vanilla, yellow fruits, little citric
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, creamy, citric, pepper, subtle sweetness, more orchard fruits, apple, pear, peach, quince, yellow plum, some vanilla, honey
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, warm, fruity, little spices

  8. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Apple, sweets, lime, lemon sorbet, pineapple, cinnamon, vanilla, fresh oak, apple vinegar
    • Taste
      84 84
      Wood, mandarin, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      83 83
      hay, grapefruit

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The aromas on the nose are exciting and interesting, the whisky has its own profile. Pleasant on the palate, the alcohol in the nose is practically non-existent. The finish then surprises with the aggressive pepper, which was not to be expected after the soft impression on the palate. Unfortunately then mainly only tannins. An unusual drop that you should have tasted. But I don't need a large bottle of it.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Cucumber, bread, banana, nekatrine, malt, honey, the alcohol stings a bit, roasted aromas
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, soft, honey, somewhat lifeless, malt, light fruits, tobacco
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium finish. Pepper strikes directly, a bit bitter, malt, oak, walnut

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Lars93 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  12. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious malt with a fine nose and a good palate. Is more of a fine and calm representative. What remains, however, is the high price, which does not quite reflect what the malt then offers at its age.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Soft and slightly creamy, everything seems to be well connected. No flavors stand out at the beginning or are unpleasant. Fruity oranges and berries mix with a little butter, vanilla. Hay and freshly mown grass bring a few floral notes before dark fruit, some leather and cocoa powder set the tone again. In the background some mint and a light spicy note of pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Also creamy on the palate, soft with a subtle spice and a slightly peppery sharpness. Very nice and not too demanding.
      Then comes fruit, figs, raisins, prunes with a little sweet honey.
      Chocolate, vanilla, a few candied fruits with toasted aromas. Also looks slightly tart with nuts and some wood.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish, fruit, sweet, milk chocolate, a little more bitterness towards the end,

  13. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  14. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Hay, vanilla, shortbread, hint of butter, lemon, grapefruit, apples, green grapes, metallic hint. Took time to open up (87-88p).
    TASTE: Butter, hay, grapefruit freshness and bitterness, apple and pear. (88p).
    FINISH: Fruitiness plus a little dry oakiness (88p).
    OVERALL: Give it time, grows over time in the glass. Total score 88 points with upward potential.

  15. DannyDram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Red berries, candy, chewing gum, grapefruit, old books, dried fruits, oak, pine, caramel. Somewhat lively, slightly oily, sweetish, slightly salty, medium intensity, medium body, good aftertaste, slightly astringent (not disturbing).
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. yfalkov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Much more bourbon casks than in other regular releases, more fresh and flowery but still very deep and bold. The nose is surprisingly more young and fresh yhan you expect from 20 year old. Very complex
    • Nose
      Fresh yellow apple, vanilla, meaty, sulphuric, fresh grass, rhubarb. Later- nuts and spices, steamed vegetables, flowers
    • Taste
      Sweet, meaty, sulphuric, spicy, leather,
    • Finish
      Long, nutty, spicy,

  17. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasty, delicious even, but maybe there is a bit too much cask and too little Mortlach here?

    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
      Jeera? Peppery, dry sherry. Mixed fruit juice, some musty wood, and a gentle oakiness that I like. Still, this feels too round an even a bit boring after the 50cl 18yo.
    • Taste
      The sherry's somewhat leafy but not bitter. A waxy, soft body with a nice touch of that soft aged oak I'm a big fan of. Some big chocolate notes come in later.
    • Finish
      Such a letdown after the palate. If only it carried just a bit more punch... The detail is great, but it's all lost under the weak ABV.

  18. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Andytka3 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    1459) Mortlach, 20YO, Cowie's Blue Seal
    • Nose
      N- After a modest but well structure 12YO, then vividly bright 16YO. This mellowing 20YO deserve a higher strength to induce profoundness and encourage a different perspective to make an impression. But instead, letting the modern sweet sherry notes soothing out with somehow generic feel. Still a good dram but missing the 'beast' if knowing this is a 20YO Mortlach that I am trying. Gentle caramelized notes and underlying eucalyptus earthiness, chocolate, cappuccino and la patisserie. Tartlets shell with cinnamon spices. All good, but calling this a beast is an overstatement. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Always a tad sweet that lead on the main stream, some oak sunk in to enriched the mouthfeel. (86/20)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, rather on minty coat with caramelize sherry breezes thru with a tinge of dried herbs. Nonetheless it is still rounded, and they keep it very 'safe' and 'reserved'. (86/20)

      B/B- 85/19

      Weighted Rate- 79pt.

  22. InbhirNis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Milroy's virtual tasting with Colin Dunn, 8 July 2020.

    5th dram of the night, my senses were starting to get tired but quality was clear. Colin described it as having "more bite than Luis Suarez"!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cracking - heavy, oily and downright dirty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and sour, notably lighter than the nose suggests.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, full and rich.

  23. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  24. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  25. DulischM scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This Mortlach is very multilayered and complex, especially the green apple aromas were a highlight for me. A really special dram!
    • Nose
      At the beginning, green apple and pear immediately surprised, followed by malty / sweet and fragrant floral aromas that are reminiscent of a spring meadow. The sweetness changes to vanilla and forest honey, light grapes are added. Towards Einde, I notice berries and the dark sweetness of sherry, old wood and leather finish.
    • Taste
      In the mouth the whisky is flowery and sweet with vanilla and again forest honey. Then the green and crunchy apple changes into a sweet apple with a little cinnamon. Old wood and nuts are also added.
    • Finish
      The finish is soft, sweet and grassy. Old wine barrel wood remains briefly on the inside of the mouth and there is some vanilla on the palate.

  26. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  27. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A weak malt, especially with regard to the 20 year storage period. The Mortlach 20 is boring and meaningless, much less too expensive. In addition, the typical profile of the distillery, with the great, meaty taste as in the G&M bottlings, is completely missing. Wouldn't be worth a third of the price.
    • Nose
      Fresh and very fruity, smells of a crunchy apple, minimal scent of raisins, over time the smell becomes rounder, the freshness decreases. The smell of apples becomes apple juice or must. There is also the smell of dusty books and flowers. To do this, you have to stick your nose very far into the glass.
    • Taste
      very thin, sweet and somewhat alcoholic at the beginning. A bit of bitterness and fruit, very disappointing overall.
    • Finish
      Medium-long finish, slightly bitter and fruity. The alcohol can be felt in the finish on the tongue.

  28. tyan17 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A strange finish of green pepper

  29. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    delicious, but not better than the 16. And 180 € - gaga.
    • Nose
      aromatic-woody, leather, tobacco, pleasant, but a bit too reserved
    • Taste
      oily, woody, spices, cocoa, a hint of overripe grapes
    • Finish
      long, warm, gingerbread spice, raisins, cocoa

  30. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The 20 year old beast of Dufftown...let's see if it really does live up to its name.

    On the nose, some sweeter berries (blueberries, red berries), bananas, caramel and honey. However, the nose is much fainter than the 16 year old.

    On the palate, lots of oranges. This is non-sparkling Fanta. Vanilla sweetness?! The sweetness in this is similar to what would've been expected from bourbon casks....but the last time I checked, this is matured in 100% sherry casks. Nevertheless, the oak influence here is extremely tuned down, resulting in an easy going dram.

    The finish is disappointing. Short with milky chocolate and roasted almonds.

    Well this is nice if you are treating someone who does not really drink whisky like most of the reviewers on the site do. However, through the lens of someone who appreciates something more complex and challenging, this dram is disappointing in its mediocrity, from start to finish (except for its price point, which is in no way mediocre and in every way extraordinary for its quality). The Beast of Dufftown? Not really, perhaps too old and the Beast has not aged gracefully...the 16 is better than the 20 in every way.

  31. nhuber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Combo of Sherry and bourbon casks, great fruity nose, but I had higher expectations... Definitely much better than the mortlach 15 game of Thrones...

  32. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the 16 year OB, this is thicker on the palate being more substantial so the extra 4 years have added to the profile, new Mortlach is still a little engineered for me but this is better than some people make it to be, a pleasant whisky if not a really good one.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite fruity in the beginning: Bananas, nectarines and also a hint of honey. But it is all a bit faint. Light tobacco. And some eucalyptus in the background.
    • Taste
      Oranges, some warming spices, and a hint of tobacco. Raisins. Honey and eucalyptus here too. It is somewhat flat or thin in the taste. Easy drinkable so.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to mid-long. With eucalyptus again. A hint of honey. Some spices, but very very light.

  34. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Civilized

    The new 20 Year Old is dubbed Cowie’s Blue Seal, which is a reference to one of the former owners, who later became mayor of Dufftown and left the distillery to his son.

    Wonderfully aromatic nose on old, dusty books, a drop of blood, orange peel and a very delicate not of wild flowers, even some potpourri. Cocoa and dark caramel. On overripe fig. But creamy and delicate at the same time – if that makes sense.

    Creamy on the palate, with a soft spiciness (nutmeg and pepper) and dark fruit in the guise of figs, raisins and dried apricots. Some pine sap and menthol. A mild drying effect from the oak.

    In the medium long finish it’s again the oranges that have the final say.

    Lovely Mortlach, but not exactly the Beast of Dufftown. This one is very civilized. I did notice that the new range is a lot less ‘meaty’ than some independent bottlings of Mortlach. Seems to me this is a conscious choice, as the 12 and 16 years old (my fav) lack that umami side as well.

  35. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky 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.

  36. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A hint of copper coins and sour beer, but also a touch of leather-bound books, dark caramel and cocoa powder. Oranges are again a prevailing theme, although this a floral element as well. 
    • Taste
      Bitter oranges and butterscotch, with hints of apricots. A touch of raisins, but also resin, nutmeg and a fair amount of oak and tannins. Finally a whiff of menthol.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and slightly tart with a hint of orange. Medium in length.

  37. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    complex, slightly tangled whisky, with good balance and depth. He needs time to open up.
    • Nose
      closed, deep. In the foreground are the tones of lacquered wood, cherry and caramel. Deeper - dried apricots, cantaloupe. A separate trail of notes of tobacco, fir cones and menthol.
    • Taste
      raisins, prunes, hazelnuts, oak.
    • Finish
      long enough, smooth. Raisins, prunes, dried cherries, red apples, toffee, hazelnuts, oak tones and cigar flavor.

  38. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  39. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    where are the 20y except in the oaks and bitter notes?
    This cabbage / leek note does not work
    • Nose
      the start behavior for 20y !, light fruit (peach), banana, slightly licorice, cabbage / leek urg !, slightly chemical, late vanilla and tobacco, some Schwazer tea, light malt comes later
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      the fruits are red, grassy, musty, musty, oak is more, spicy becomes stronger, plastic note
    • Finish
      long
      Espresso, oak becomes more, bitter becomes more, again this cabbage / leek note (does not have to be)

  40. Glenjasper scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Najzero scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    From the three new Mortlachs of the distillery range, this one is the best.
    Ordered all three of them for samples within a small group and feedback wasn't overwhelmingly good.

    If you do not care about your money spent, this would be a 85 for me. Solid sherry and wood notes at a weak alcohol level.

    If you take the money into account, this is horrible on so many levels.
    Mortlach used to be awesome; till they wanted to aim for the upper price market and offered those stupid 0,5 bottles for high prices... now they offer 0.7 bottles for stupid prices...

    If you want to spend that kind of money with mortlach, stick to the independant bottlers (namely Chieftains).
    From the new range an price/performance wise the Mortlach 16 was the best, but still quite bad (80€ for 16 years at 44%)

  42. DocF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Color: Burnished

    For me there was already too much barrel at work, and the nose you have to hold pretty deep into the glass. 86P
    • Nose
      Burnt, espresso, thuja hedge, smoky barrel flavors, dusty workbench, oily bike chain, humus. Rather shy. Sour, dark tannins.
    • Taste
      Dusty oak planks, dry sawdust, long-drawn black tea, tree sap, ancient spices, ginger, last remnants of orange peel and unripe plums. Leaves something in volume and power.
    • Finish
      Ginger, orange peel, orange liqueur, black coffee, blackcurrant. Long. Nutmeg and roasted almonds.

  43. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      old books, candle wax, here I also have berries, currants and blueberries, a little grass, mint and honey, with resin and in the background also oranges, plus cannabis
    • Taste
      87 87
      Anft, creamy, unfortunately again slightly watery, vanilla, candied ginger, wax, orange, currants, cocoa, nice interplay between herb (not bitter!) and sweet, star anise, nutmeg, plums, bittersweet chocolate
    • Finish
      86 86
      spicy, nutmeg, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, getting dry, warming, relatively long

  44. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    20 21 21 21 83
    not bad, but it's all emotion, sad...

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