- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Game of Thrones
- Stated Age
- 15 years old
- First-fill Oloroso Sherry & Ex-Bourbon casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
- Bottle code
- L9309CM011 / 00003673
- Added on
- 04 Nov 2019 11:44 am by SRB
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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 15-year-old - Six Kingdoms
34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.57 points
- Quite an insolence to ask 115-130 € for such a bottling. In the run-up, advertising was carried out with a "strictly limited edition". Actually, this whisky, even months after the release, offers every shop in all of Europe. Strictly limited means 1 million bottles. A still pleasant nose is followed by a rather flat taste followed by a non-existent finish. The GoT bottlings from Talisker, Lagavulin and Clynelish convinced me to invest about € 10 more for a marketing gag. But I never thought that Mortlach (the alleged flagship of Diageo) would become such a disappointment. What definitely connects this series of Diageo and the TV series GoT - the end is very weak. The bottling is not worth this high price and probably only makes sense for collectors.
This Mortlach Six Kingdoms is the final release in the (in)famous Game of Thrones series, that consists of 9 single malts and three Johnnie Walker blends. The so-called whisky aficionados give this one much grief and spit it out as yet another marketing stunt to promote the second batch of the GOT malts (the first was scooped up by collectors and thus Diageo’s strategy to reach a new and younger drinking audience failed). It was finished on ex-bourbon casks, meaning they ‘softened it up’ a bit for a broader audience. I am pleasantly surprised by both price tag and ABV, but the real question of course is: is it any good?
Layered nose with butterscotch, light brown sugar peach, Turkish Delight, pencil shaving, cold chamomile tea, a slice of cooked ham and sultanas, followed by a bittersweet note like from grapefruit and roasted almonds, lots of vanilla and finally a sudden, rather unexpected but absolutely pleasant salty note.
It is oily with a good body and immediately a touch piquant. Well, maybe that’s too strong a word, but certainly feisty on black pepper and nutmeg, before the dark and sweet fruit shows itself. Nice continuation of the nose with on the palate that soft salty note reappears after all the delicious sweetness. That makes is quite interesting.
The finish does not disappointed either. Medium long, sweet versus salt (sweet wins hands down), fruity, almost candy-like sweet and softly tingling. Salted caramel at the death!
The naysaysers have it wrong. Apart from its association with Game of Thrones, this is simply a very lovely Mortlach. If you wish to compare to some of the sherry monsters that we know from Gordon & Macphail, seem to have missed the point. This is an odd one out because of its finish on bourbon casks, but that’s exactly why it’s interesting. And let’s not beat around the bush: this is simply very good!
- Solid nose but rather bitter in the mouth.... Water helps but can’t rescue it. Average at best, especially considering the rather steep price.
- Bitter from drained barrels, I wouldn't be worth € 30, blind as a first dram at the regulars' table on a clean palate,
mineral, stone powder, citrus, broth
sweet, young, toffee, orange, lemon peel, buttery, cereal,, raisins, laurel
a young, unripe citrus note dominates here - slightly snappy alcoholic, subtle sherry
- For me the winner of the GoT series (I did not yet try the Clynelish). Meaty Mortlach; extremely well balanced, like eating a hearty meat stew (but not obviously sherry driven, like Mortlach I have tried in the past), one with a variety of flavours, spicy, dark fruits, old leather. Delivers all the way from nose to finish. A very good (recent) dram from Mortlach. At cask strength would probably be spectacular.
- Again unfortunatly only marketing. Much weaker then the ones from G&M and the standard bottelings. Nice fruity nose with apple, pear but an disappointing taste and almost no palate.
- I was set to win in my overall GOT ranking, and unfortunately, this whisky is not number 1. It is good, oily, full of aromas and flavors, but my number is no. 1 Lagavulin from the GOT series remains. It seems to me that the very end of the finish exaggerated the victory of the lag. Here I was surprised by this slightly "burning heartburn", although with each tiny sip as if there was less of it. At the moment, however, I am not convinced enough to spend PLN 600 per bottle with "good winds". IMO ... Value for money, to put it mildly, slightly exaggerated. However ... Never say never ????????
quite clear, apples, raisins, resinous, a bit of cigarette ash, notes of bourbon at the end
very fruity, peppery, oak, light cigarette smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla,
long, raisins, again oak with chili, dark chocolate, the very end warming up with a little bitterness "heartburn"
- Already okay to drink, but even the € 90 on special offer is way too much.
Sweet, yellow fruity, some nuts, malt, slightly greasy, some oak, waxy, some green apple, overall very pleasant, dark, slightly peppery spice
Creamy, sweet, oak, malt, apple, tart, slightly fresh, Ovaltine, therefore slightly chocolaty, pleasant, but not particularly complex, rather thin
Tart behind, almost bitter, still a little apple, bitten fruit bowl, also a slight sweetness on the palate, then becomes even more pleasant and not quite as bitter, medium-long