Mortlach 26-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Stated Age
26 years old
First Fill PX and Oloroso seasoned
Number of bottles
53.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
18 Aug 2019 2:55 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1679.20

29 × in wishlist

48 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 26-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.68 points

  1. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I love Mortlach - the price here is crap. But the Whisky is really great.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Wow - what a nose - so elegant, fine,....
    • Taste
      91 91
      The people of Mortlach worked out something very special here. It’s very good - not to sweet - a bit dry in the mouth - not as mouth coating as many other Mortlach sherry bottlings.
    • Finish
      91 91
      A friendly nice aftertaste stays in the mouth for a very long time

  2. mike.hu scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    it's elegant,fabulous,complex,i think it's better than macallan.
    if diageo give me a 70% coupon,i will buy it.

  3. mr.p9 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    1500 and only 3888 bottles what the f...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Walnut Liqueur

    Mortlach – The Beast of Dufftown – has had quite a few tough years. After many years with only the 16 years old in the Fauna & Flora series, the malt was suddenly re-launched as a premium brand with ridiculously high prices. Big mistake and the bottles gathered dust on the shelves. It took until 2018 until the range was re-invented once again – back to ‘normal prices’ – but for the Special Releases it would seem that Diageo again goes for premium as it is the most expensive in the series. I fear that many of the more than 13.000 bottles will be left behind…

    Oh, my! This is what I call deep sherry. Furniture polish, raisins, figs, old leather books, saddlebags, Ferrero-Rocher treats, walnut liqueur and orangettes. After a few moments an umami side emerges. Think gravy.

    It’s a little bomb on the palate. Drying with lots of oak, but dark and sweet at the same time. Think gingerbread, cloves, raisins and a truckload of dates. Some mint and origin chocolate. Wow!

    The finish is very long, very complex, dark and sweet with candied orange peel at the death.

    The nose is out of this world, but on the palate it is just a tad too dry to score a fat 90. Having said that, this is an absolute stunner – but unfortunately so is the price. Around 1.700 EUR.

  5. Calmar scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Whole, dense and very lively whisky, many shades of sherry aging, not a particularly complex composition, everything is in sight, but this is compensated by the ideal balance and brightness of the derivatives, their elaboration, ideal drinkability and ease of perception, it's hard to come off.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, first nose - berry jam and sparklers; old furniture, furniture varnish, juicy raisin tones, coffee, flavored pipe tobacco, furniture polish, sweet berry and pastry notes, baklava, cognac motifs, cilantro, cedar boards.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, woody berry, burnt jam, burnt caramel, pu-erh, coffee, a lot of raisins, burnt rusks, leavened wort, cognac, leather goods, mineral water.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, furniture lacquer, cola, metallic sourness, coffee, pu-erh, burnt jam, notes of stout, mineral shades - burnt match heads, sparklers.

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Huge smoky sherry, like a good Glendronach early 90s distillation, huge leather, dried dates and raisins, jammy, Christmas pudding, a lot of sour and orangy spices behind.
    • Taste
      Tannic and dry, rich date paste, huge sherry, the ABV is not obvious, smooth and satisfying, a decent sherry bomb, but sherry influence is dominating, mints and herbs, cigar leaves.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, cigar leaves, dried dates, Hawthrone paste.

  7. -sAxo- scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Gregers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    No comment on the price tag, and this review is done not considering price, which is important to keep in mind. I think with the magic number 3888 bottles and this price tag, they must be targeting the Chinese market, trying to establish Mortlach as the next Macallan there.

    My video review: https://youtu.be/2EDwlXNhUIQ
    • Nose
      90 90
      Deep sherry notes, dark berries, leather, shoe polish, dried dates, figs, raisins, orange zest, orange oil, plum jam, orange jam, tobacco leaves, dried herbs. Later toffee and vanilla cream show up. Very nice, but not sensational.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Really nice, good alcohol bite, warm and peppery. Fruity sweetness, more like can sugar, but also apple juice. Lots of barley, some oak but not a lot at this point. Second chew brings more oak, it's getting dry around the gums, nice oaky spices appear with leather and tobacco leaf. Feels very aged, but not overdone. Third chew brings menthol, or even peppermint, dried herbs, dates and orange jam still there, and tobacco leaves are more present now. A lot going on, and the balance is great.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very good balance, very warm, spicy, slight notes of overripe bananas, oak is still present along with tobacco leaves, orange marmelade, dried herbs, and apple juice. I was going to say really amazing finish, but before I finished that thought it faded away really quickly and left almost nothing behind. Much too short.

  9. Soderberg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89


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