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Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
82.00/100
vote
1
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distiller's Dram
Bottled
25.06.2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry Casks
Strength
43.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9176DM005
Barcode
5000281054698
Added on
17 Feb 2020 11:08 am by LukasJakubDrabek
Colored

Average value

€ 59.30

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] I liked the first batch of this "Distiller's Dram" very much (WB id 117290) and scored it 89 points but the next batch I tried (WB id 130617) was significantly weaker at 85 points. So I wonder what this batch L9176 will be all about - and I do this review in a direct head-to-head to a sample from the average-only batch L9016...

    ...and this new batch again is significantly weaker than L9016, now this dram clearly is of below-average quality. Ooh Diageo, were there really a few good casks only in your huge warehouses so you just could create one above-average initial batch? Or is this an intentional strategy to start with a good one and than get rid of all the sub-standard stuff? Anyhow, it is a shame!
    • Nose
      81 81
      The colour of both batches is the same at russetmuscat which is no wonder as they use caramel to adjust it (so forget about the colour, there is no meaning in it). The nose of this batch is even weaker than that of 016 with minor but annoying perfumy notes (lavendar) besides bitter-herbal wooden impressions. Almost no delicate malt aromas or sherry flavours, this nose is really to forget. The longer it breathes the more the anyhow shy aromas vanish (which is good in case of the minor perfumy-lavendar note - but what is a malt without a nose?). I like the nose of 016 much better (but still that is average-only at 85 points, at best).
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is rather unimpressive with sweet barley-sugary flavours in a shy sherry setting, but it is sulphur-free (at least). In a direct comparison with 016 this taste is more simple with no flavours in it that I will remember by tomorrow morning. What a big disappointment!
    • Finish
      81 81
      The initial mouthfeel is almost not creamy anymore, again a significant worsening compared to 016 (not to mention the great first batch from 2018). The finish is of medium length and adds ... nothing except a drying finish which gets unpleasant towards the end. Forget about water - it just flattens an already flat dram further.

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