Mortlach 20-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cowie's Blue Seal
Stated Age
20 years old
Ex Sherry Casks
43.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Sep 2018 4:13 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 210.78

9 × in wishlist

53 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 20-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points

  1. Najzero scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    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%)

  2. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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
      Espresso, oak becomes more, bitter becomes more, again this cabbage / leek note (does not have to be)

  8. Glenjasper scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Schnappsdrossel 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.

  10. 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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