Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distiller's Dram
Stated Age
16 years old
Ex-Sherry casks
43.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
02 May 2019 2:28 pm by hs305

Average value

€ 99.95

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93 × member ratings

137 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.51 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. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Very pretty, fiery orange-amber. Oily, with nice thick legs.

    Nose: Big toffee and vanilla. Super creamy. Spices, cinnamon, light ginger. Honey. Tobacco, cherries. Light oak. Something savory, like beef broth. Hay. Citrus.

    Palate: Oak and tobacco, spicy, raisins, leather, apple, honey, light stone fruit, dried apricots, citrus. Savory as well.

    Finish: Oak, leather, cinnamon, pepper, honey. Savory.

    With Water: Not really necessary. Smooth without. Nose is fainter. Flavor smoother but also weaker.

    Overall: Great fruity and rich sherry, with interesting aged notes. Very nice. Actually really the kind of Scotch I dig. Complex, balanced, smooth.

  4. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nice fruity, spicy nose, spices, a bit of sulfur, rather musty sherry, but also nice sweetness. In the mouth, then somewhat weak-chested, slightly alcoholic, yet peppery. Then his strength ran out a little. The finish is then again a little nutty, spicy sherry. Neat but too weak, especially in the mouth.

  5. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. Lakerfield scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. sidqi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Juicy tangerines,warm spices,toffee,sweet berry fruits,cocoa,quality fruit cake and beeswax.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Juicy and spicy,creamy,a little bitterness shows up.A lot of warm spices,then barley sugar comes out.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and spicy,berry fruits,some tannin dryness and bitterness.Pleasant finish!

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - a very noble, sweet, harmonious single malt
    - is similar in character to Glenlivet 18 or Glenmornagie 18
    - for approx. 75 to 80 € fully ok
    • Nose
      Oak, dried fruits, raisins, very pleasant and harmonious
    • Taste
      gentle round soft start, toffee, caramel, slightly malty, very mild
    • Finish
      medium-long, soft finish;
      fruity, sweetish long aftertaste

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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