Mortlach 15-year-old - Six Kingdoms

Overall rating
83.85/100
votes
274
Whiskybase ID
WB141986
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
05.11.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
First-fill Oloroso Sherry & Ex-Bourbon casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L9309CM011
Barcode
5000281060545
Added on
04 nov 2019 11:44 am by SRB
Colored

Average value

€ 144.40

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

41 users have left 41 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.85 points.

  1. 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

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/09/01/spotlight-on-the-wildcat/

    For my second dram, I fancied a Mortlach after spotting a handful on the menu. Of a quartet [including G&M’s 25yo], I was recommended the official 15yo Game of Thrones release.

    C: Crisp sharp and focused, high-quality malt if a bit dull/straight. Where’s Mortlach’s ubiquitous character funk? A safe release.

  4. Paddy_Glen scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    50+2+9+10+4

  5. glenrob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  6. KlausBlaueDer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    -
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Thoma scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Sweeter than meaty.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Will_iam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. erizo scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very disappointing, not worth the money.

    One-dimensional, short finish, a shame, this is not your typical Mortlach.

  10. nomad_soul scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  11. MaroFF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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 ????????
    • Nose
      quite clear, apples, raisins, resinous, a bit of cigarette ash, notes of bourbon at the end
    • Taste
      very fruity, peppery, oak, light cigarette smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla,
    • Finish
      long, raisins, again oak with chili, dark chocolate, the very end warming up with a little bitterness "heartburn"

  12. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Already okay to drink, but even the € 90 on special offer is way too much.
    • Nose
      Sweet, yellow fruity, some nuts, malt, slightly greasy, some oak, waxy, some green apple, overall very pleasant, dark, slightly peppery spice
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, oak, malt, apple, tart, slightly fresh, Ovaltine, therefore slightly chocolaty, pleasant, but not particularly complex, rather thin
    • Finish
      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

  13. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. subhero scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

  15. obst scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    no sweetness, slightly pepper, medium finish

  16. Teomarg scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  17. 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.

  18. yfalkov scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    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

  19. Thermidor scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    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.

  20. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  21. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  22. Izzino scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    If its price was € 50 - € 60, it would be a reasonable price for a reasonable whisky. The aroma is very pleasant woody, citrus - pomelo, grapefruit, but more or less standard in taste. For + 100 € it would have to be a lot more music.

  23. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peach, apple, pear, vanilla custard, lemon, hint of sherry, marmalade, chocolate, boiled fruit and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Nutty, barley, crème brulee, beef stock, baked apple, candied peach, grapefruit and ginger
    • Finish
      Medium length, nutty, toasted bread, raspberry jam, vanilla, honey, slightly spicy and a hint of liquorice.

  24. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  25. mattheww scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. holborndrinker scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It's not disgusting, but you can buy better for less. Never read or watched GOT so not sure what the fuss is about.
    • Nose
      Polish - beeswax.
    • Taste
      Quite sweet almost like Lockets.
    • Finish
      A reasonable length - no unpleasant aftertaste.

  28. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  29. Islaywolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    My first taste of the GoT series!
    Of course these whiskys are just a marketing story and the price for this Mortlach is borderline!
    But the market determines the prices! ;)
    The nose is promising
    Green apple, sweet, a little acid
    Unfortunately, taste and finish drop off, so that the whisky does not have the desired quality for the price!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  30. LordIslay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you ignore the price component (which is borderline anyway at Morti), this is a passable single malt.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity and fresh. Very reminiscent of a Granny Smith apple. Has a slight perfume note when smelling for a long time. Overall, a very interesting and promising nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Is very pleasant on the tongue, but cannot transfer the smell to the palate.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The finish is relatively short and calm. Which is perhaps also due to the 46 AVB.

  31. Dris scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  32. rolabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. GJR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Reviewed it on my blog gjr71.wordpress.com
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. Wolf68 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  36. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A tasting brought me a drop of this dram in the glass.

    Color: forest honey
    • Nose
      Iodine, steak, sulfur, black pepper, rubber boots, apple, pear, raisins
    • Taste
      strong, plum, wood, sour cherry, sawdust
    • Finish
      long, woody, nutty, cocoa, plum

  37. 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

  38. 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!

  39. rampah scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  40. 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.

  41. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  42. 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.

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