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Mortlach 14-year-old

Overall rating
84.09/100
votes
119
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 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

€ 64.55

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119 × member ratings

284 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 14-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.09 points

  1. 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.

  2. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  3. Expraesi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Sporx scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Aroma dill, cucumber salad, fruity, citrus

    Taste sweet, herbs, grassy, spicy wood

    Finish short

  5. Dr. J. Russell scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • 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.

  6. Wimvnleeuwen scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

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

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

  8. VanOpek scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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