Mortlach 14-year-old

Overall rating
84.31/100
votes
146
Whiskybase ID
WB117294
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Alexander's Way
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry & ex-Bourbon casks
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281054735
Bottled for
Global Travel Retail
Added on
08 sep 2018 4:19 pm by maltaholic
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 69.57

18 × in wishlist

146 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 14-year-old

32 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.31 points.

  1. Emieloss89 scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    Mortlach 14 years old - 79
    • Nose
      80 80
      Tangerine, lemon, ripe white grapes, waxy soapbar, dry white wine, flowers, orange zeste. Citrus candy. A very very slight hint of smoke?
    • Taste
      80 80
      It’s soft, but not that oily. It starts with creamy caramel vanilla at the front of the tounge with some sharp spices chilli and citrus on the sides and back of the tounge. Waxy. Some more vanilla. Salted lemon. New wood. Tonka beans. Tangerine.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Sour citrus fruits and unripe white grapes with some dryness. Some nice light bitter tannins.
      Some citrus candy. Better when the sour notes quiet down and the citrussy wood remains. Pretty long.

      Conclusion:
      A bit too sour and sharp, I hoped for darker sherry notes and a more meaty character. I expect a rather large part of maturation has happend on Manzanilla sherry casks.

  2. Woodsmoke scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Ripe apples, sweet and oak.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity sweet...light smoke...Bourbon touch with some cherries. Elegant. Slightly mineral.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruity.

  3. Malt_Brothers scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. eNZzo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Sporx scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Aroma dill, cucumber salad, fruity, citrus

    Taste sweet, herbs, grassy, spicy wood

    Finish short

  9. Dr. J. Russell scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dark dried fruits, plum, dates, leather notes, cedar wood, very spicy and aromatic
    • Taste
      Oily with tobacco, prunes, mouth-filling sherry sweetness, powerful body with well-integrated alcohol
    • Finish
      Long finish, warming spiciness.

      A really nice drop to enjoy.

  10. Wimvnleeuwen scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  11. mr.p9 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  12. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A slight upgrade from the 12yo OB, but so similar you could easily confuse the two if you forgot which glass is which.

    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
      Feels a bit less smoky and sweet than the 12yo, but fattier. Gentle fruit and wallet leather notes, and some more chocolate than in the 12yo.
    • Taste
      Sticky, resinous sherry at first, and then some mild peatiness. Feels once again too flat. Diageo, please up the % in these. This "legacy" 43,4% gimmick is not helping. Butter, nectarines, and some bitterness. These really aren't the best sherry casks, are they?
    • Finish
      Oaky and resinous, and somewhat bitter at first. Too acrid and grassy for me. Curiously time helps quite a lot with this, making it sweeter and more pleasant, and bumping the score from 81 to 83.

  13. VanOpek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      sherry, vanilla, caramel, very sweet, cinnamon, cloves, fresh fruits
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, fresh fruits, apples, pears, citrus, vnilla, fruit nectar, oily, smooth, sherry, hints of oak
    • Finish
      83 83
      spices, warm, oak, hints of fruits, cinnamon, ginger

  14. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      stable, leather, meaty, sawdust, raisins, fried banana, wood, straw, moss
    • Taste
      creme brulee, liquorice, ginger, lychee, pepper

  15. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    2.81x

    Originally the 14 years old Alexander’s Way – which refers to the fiendishly complicated process of 2.81x distilled that creates that typical umami spirit that Mortlach is known for – was only available as a travel retail expression, but today you can find it quite easily.

    The nose is nicely accessible, sweet and sour on plums, raisins and orange juice with a hint of brown sugar and some green garden herbs. Gingerbread! It even has a pinch of salt, but it’s gone before you realize it.

    Nicely oily on the palate. Full and almost creamy in fact. Some breakfast cereals with oranges, cedar wood, some earthy notes and wonderfully sweet from the fruity notes, but now I get that salty edge even more pronounced than on the nose. It does give this Mortlach extra depth, I feel.

    The rather short finish offers more sweet raisins, but also honey and chewing tobacco.

    Very charming and friendly priced Mortlach. Around 50 EUR.

  16. Svarttt scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not bad. The aromas have to be tickled out in the nose, then quite creamy in the mouth, pleasant, not too intrusive sweetness with a nice, matching dash of spiciness at the back. Easy to drink.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  17. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    nope. it's nothing for me ... kind of weird (not finished?)
    a simple and solid malt
    the 16y is a whole lot better
    • Nose
      slightly musty becomes more, slightly sherry and becomes stronger, light lemon, red berries, sweetness, banana, a strange note, slightly metallic becomes less, oak (old and mellow), light wine note, brown apple, light malt
      later vanilla
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate
      the alcohol can be felt a little, some smoke, sherry, dark beer, dirty, old oak, spicy, bitter becomes more,
      later light banana, very dark caramel, cucumber?
    • Finish
      medium long
      Sherry becomes more, slightly sweet, tart, tart, old rotten oak, astringent

  18. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  20. TsiAI scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when tasting: 25℃

    Eyes: Golden smell and fragrance. Nose: Ah, it's very similar to Muhe 16. The alcohol is a bit aggressive, but it's as sweet as always, with super high sugar content, thick fleshy fruits, aloe vera pulp, dried mangoes, lychees and mints. Very strong cheese pudding and creamy flavor, and some toast. At the end are some cigarettes and flying dust.
    Taste Palate: a little sour, dried fruit, mango sticky rice, a little white flower powdery fragrance. After the middle section are peach juice, stainless steel spoons, fried cracked barley and chestnut shells, wooden toys, and floating dust. The finishing touch is a dried walnut bag.
    Final rhyme Finish: medium, lychee lollipop, canned fruit, wort.
    Body: The body is inferior to Muhe 16, and the meat is not thick and has a bitter bottom and no tannins.

    Nose: 85/100
    Palate: 84/100
    Finish: 84/100
    Body: 84/100
    Overall: 84/100

  21. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  22. rogiervanderplas scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    full of creamy flavors awesome taste explosion!

  23. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  25. kaljakori scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A very good and affordable Mortlach at a decent bottling strength. Would certain get a few more points with no chill-filtration, I have a feeling it affected this malt especially badly.

    Note: The tasting is from a very freshly opened bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Cointreau, honey, a bit of brininess, fresh fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Citrus, honey, woodiness, tiny hint of cereal, light but noticeable sherry note, a bit of herbs in the development. Again, a slight salty, almost maritime note which is odd for a speysider, but fits in this one.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Beautiful wood notes, along with pipe tobacco, sherry and honey. Not terribly long, but very pleasant.

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

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

  27. GIORGOS scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  28. sakis scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  29. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant, complex new OB at an affordable price, though a bit thin. 83/84.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Cointreau, sherry, waxy fruits, spicy oak and polished leather.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily. Spices, dry oak, caramel, waxy fruits and mint.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, fruity, spicy, oaky.

  30. NcOne scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Really pleasant surprise from Mortlach. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Sweetness with some spice. Medium finish. Alltogether a very nice dram.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. thijs100 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A quick hit of Cointreau, followed by some soft notes of fresh oak and white pepper. Finally stewed pears, cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as a touch of cumin and polished leather.
    • Taste
      The spicy trend continues. Cinnamon and nutmeg make an encore, and are joined by cloves. A touch of barley sugar and menthol, and slightly dry.
    • Finish
      Fresh ginger, oak, and a whiff of citrus.

  32. Berlin bartender scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      Dry fruit, little citrus, banana
    • Taste
      82 82
      Intense, positive spices, little sweetnes
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long, warm, pleasant abv. A good evening dram

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