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Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
85.38/100
votes
64
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distiller's Dram
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry casks
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9016DM001
Barcode
5000281054698
Added on
02 May 2019 2:28 pm by hs305
Colored

Average value

€ 99.95

5 × in wishlist

64 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.38 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] I liked the first batch of this "Distiller's Dram" very much (WB id 117290) and scored it 89 points but I wondered if later batches can keep such a high quality...

    ...and this batch can not, unfortunately. Like so often the first batch was the best (see Lagavulin 8-years old or Kilkerran 12-years old to name two others) because they carefully selected the best casks to establish a good reputation on the market. Later they (have to?) use what is left or they simply do not care as much about cask selection - that is why I always buy a small stock of the first batch if I really like a dram...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is russetmuscat again (what else, thanks to the caramel added) and the nose offers the modern sherry profile of the first batch - but with significant bitter-drying wooden aromas this time which drive the profile out of balance, unfortunately. This is average quality, at best...
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is better on this fine mix of sherry and malty flavours - but after some chewing the wood is back on the scene and turns the whole set bitter-drying (again out of balance). But good news: No sulphur to detect, compliment for this achievement to whoever selected the casks! Water reduces the bitter flavours somewhat and I like this dram best when reduced to about 35% abv (but it is not whisky any longer, according to Scottish law).
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel still is creamy but much lesser coating than the first batch and with an unpleasant bitter-astringent touch (tannins at work). The finish is way shorter (medium length) than the first batch and stays on the bitter-drying woody side without adding new impressions.

  2. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sadly, I must fully confirm the recent conclusions made by reviewer hs305. I tried this whisky at a good friend’s house and I was blown away by its high quality. I adored the stuff, finally a distillery that released a surprisingly good new OB range. Could this be true? Time to stock up? Ruben’s raving review @whiskynotes.be (he rated it 89 points) got me even more excited. After reading the reviews by hs305, I sadly found out as well that I probably had raved about bottle WB id 117290. The bottle that I eventually bought has another bottle code and has NONE of the magic that the other bottle code had. It’s no less than 6 points difference in quality! Nose and finish of this batch are hugely disappointing, only the palate is somewhat convincing. Reality check: Distilleries are still cheating us bigtime by releasing inferior batches soon after the very promising initial release. It left me very, very disappointed in today’s whisky market. I applaud user hs305 for sharing these very honest, valuable head-to-head tasting reviews with us. They really make a difference! From now on, I will have to be very cautious when buying a standard OB expression from any distillery... I just noticed that a local online shop is doing a promotional price on this Mortlach 16y OB now and guess what? It’s this inferior batch.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Color: amber. The nose is vinous, sherrous, tastes of red fruit (plums), tobacco, there is also a note of powdered sugar and vanilla, trifle. In the mouth it is sweet, quite spicy, fruity. Long finish, very elegant.
    Very good, aristocratic and elegant, no uncomfortable fleshy traces of broth or oxtail that made this distillery famous. A great malt.

  4. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nose: sherry, dark fruits, spices, caramel, citrus

    Taste: honey-sweet, orange, somewhat bitter, slightly earthy

    Finish: medium length, sherry, oak, honey, bitter and dry

  5. Lakerfield scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Mortlach's known for its meaty spirit, which works wonders with sherry casks, but it seems the distillery wanted to go in a cleaner direction with this one. It's vastly different from the Flora and Fauna bottling, without that in mind we have a decent dram. The nose is an absolute delight and a bit of a twilight zone, the palate acts a little younger. Or let's say, more focused on the spirit as there's less sherry influence. I've heard there's a serious variation from batch to batch, and generally the bottling from 2018 (first one) is said to be the best one. This one is fine on its own after the first half of the bottle. It went from mehh to quite good! Sherried whisky and oxygen, it just works. Good enough to get a bottle, but not exciting enough for a second one. IB Mortlach is still the best Mortlach.
    • Nose
      Fresh and lively, lots of oak too with a deep sherry undertone. Orange, pear, apple, apricot, raisin, blueberry and grapefruit go harmoniously together with sultana, toffee, marzipan, lemon cheesecake, Dutch salty licorice and a hint of cherry cola. Honey, beeswax, roast almond, fake leather, new oak, perfume and a little meatiness with roast beef as well. Apart from the abundance of oak, a well-mannered nose. It still has that brightness of a younger whisky combined with a deeper refinement of older stuff.
    • Taste
      More spirit driven, especially less of a sherry impact. Lots of fruit and brightness again with citrus, cherry, pear, red apple, bloodorange and grapefruit. Then lemon cheesecake, caramel, chocolate sauce, icing sugar and flat cherry cola. Some vanilla, licorice and pepper too. Bitterness (oak tannin?) increases as you approach the finish. Where you had the feeling you're sniffing something older, the palate puts you back onto the ground. Doesn't mean it's bad!
    • Finish
      Short to medium in length but indeed, bitter. Malt, hops, caramel and white pepper.

  6. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Joint86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Pleasant, fairly even, but unremarkable molt.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Soft, smooth. Standard sherry set: chocolate, dried fruit, caramel
    • Taste
      84 84
      Continuation of the nose, but even less pronounced.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Very short, almost absent.

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