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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
- 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.
- no sweetness, slightly pepper, medium finish
- Quite close to regular 12, but more dry, more light, more bourbon and less sherry
Apple, flowers, nuts, sulphuric, creamy, bit malty
Spicy, sweet, nuts,
Medium, dry, oak, spicy
- 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.
Buttery and easy. Straightforward, with all the character beaten out. Round and almost nondescript generic Speyside heavily bourboned nose. Almost candied in its sweetness.
Butter, faint peat, faint honey, pears, and a wisp of oak.
Sweet ginger and jelly candy, plus some pencil shavings. Uninspiring.