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Mortlach 15-year-old - Six Kingdoms

Overall rating
83.53/100
votes
194
Whiskybase ID
141986
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L93009CM011 / 00003673
Barcode
5000281060545
Added on
04 Nov 2019 11:44 am by SRB
Colored

Average value

€ 130.89

44 × in wishlist

194 × member ratings

1749 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 15-year-old - Six Kingdoms

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.53 points

  1. JimJaws scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      76 76

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Naysayers

    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!

  3. nhuber scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Solid nose but rather bitter in the mouth.... Water helps but can’t rescue it. Average at best, especially considering the rather steep price.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Bitter from drained barrels, I wouldn't be worth € 30, blind as a first dram at the regulars' table on a clean palate,
    • Nose
      82 82
      mineral, stone powder, citrus, broth
    • Taste
      81 81
      sweet, young, toffee, orange, lemon peel, buttery, cereal,, raisins, laurel
    • Finish
      81 81
      a young, unripe citrus note dominates here - slightly snappy alcoholic, subtle sherry

  5. Vince scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  6. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    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.

  7. obst scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    no sweetness, slightly pepper, medium finish

  8. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  9. yfalkov scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Quite close to regular 12, but more dry, more light, more bourbon and less sherry
    • Nose
      Apple, flowers, nuts, sulphuric, creamy, bit malty
    • Taste
      Spicy, sweet, nuts,
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, oak, spicy

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    On the plus side, the 46% really shows that the OB Mortlach line should all be 46%. On the minus side, this is a perfect example of a whisky bourbonised to the point where the distillery character is completely gone. I understand that the product was created with a larger audience than just single malt fans in mind, but if that means the end result will taste like this, why market it as a single malt at all?

    Tasted with a full compliment of Mortlachs: OBs Rare Old, 12, 14, 15 GoT, 16, 18, and 20, and the 2019 G&M 25.

    Prices don't figure in my ratings, but I have to give a special lemon prize to Diageo for the ripoff price tag on this one. Boo.
    • Nose
      Buttery and easy. Straightforward, with all the character beaten out. Round and almost nondescript generic Speyside heavily bourboned nose. Almost candied in its sweetness.
    • Taste
      Butter, faint peat, faint honey, pears, and a wisp of oak.
    • Finish
      Sweet ginger and jelly candy, plus some pencil shavings. Uninspiring.

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