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 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Sep 2018 4:18 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 215,95

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72 × member ratings

123 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 20-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.77 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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%)

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • 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.

  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. 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.

  9. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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)


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