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Mortlach 14-year-old

Overall rating
83.89/100
votes
99
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Alexander's Way
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry and 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

Average value

€ 65.89

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99 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 14-year-old

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.89 points

  1. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.

  3. VanOpek scored this whisky 84 points Member 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  8. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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

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