Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Number of bottles
61.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Aug 2020 11:09 am by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 70.25

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152 × member ratings

205 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach Sherry Beast VM

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.46 points

  1. Amaliana scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Blood, meat and iron in the middle of the face
    I can't think of anything else besides awesome part!
    This is exactly how a Mortlach must be!
    Update: after 15 minutes in the air I find leather, dark creamy chocolate, earth and something like those spruce needle bath tablets that my grandpa used to use - but very pleasant.
    (All without water)

  2. z1reticuli did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    WTF? How old is this whisky, actually? Bottled 2020, distilled WTF...

  3. LittlePeat scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Oh, I expected something completely different. Smells like a Glentauchers with short bourbon barrel aging and a short sherry finish Like this one here: WID 99953. Woodruff, Almdudler, unripe sweet cherries, unripe cranberries, ripe cornel cherries. He doesn't sting, that's a good thing.

    Palate: The alcohol is well integrated - but: Wow, he's young. 5 years, I would say. Nice newmake with a sherry influence. Italian white bread, olive oil, unripe cranberries, peanuts, solvents. That's not a sherry bomb, that's Mortlach almost naked. Maybe that's why it's sexy.

    Finish: surprisingly long with notes of new make and ripe cornel cherries.

    Conclusion: Well ... I expected a strong sherry. Especially after the base ratings and comments. I got ... well. A very young whisky, easy to drink, fun, and almost exemplary for the distillery character.

    Edit: When I smell it more precisely, I also have nuances that I usually know from over 20 malts. New leather & green tea herb. Strange, this malt. Perhaps two ex-bourbon barrels with a three-year old and a half-empty barrel with a twenty-year old Mortlach were tipped into the finish barrel. That would also explain why the alcohol is so well integrated. Next time a bigger share of older whisky, thank you.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. bikenerd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    88 pts. just if you like this modern style of whisky (some call it Glen Sherry). There is not much left of the usually dominating distillery character.
    Nice but nothing I would pour a second and third dram of the same evening.

  5. mibhaegar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    One should stay on the ground. This whisky is not bad, but the high alcohol content makes it very difficult to identify the individual flavors. The whole malt is very young, we're talking about maybe max. 5 years. My guess is that it was matured in smaller 30 liter barrels. That would explain the sherry intensity and color. For me, that has nothing to do with an older Mortlach. It doesn't have to be bad, but personally I didn't like it very much.

  6. aspa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Typical sherry bomb as was to be expected, surprisingly soft and with well integrated alcohol. Cinnamon, orange peel, leather, dried fruit. Something bitter and spicy, and some linseed oil? Then a few clouds of slightly pungent alcohol and a bit of citrus fruit.

    Alcoholic tart, some Klenstoff and pepper. The whisky now feels very young. Then brown sugar and rhum raisins. Continue with leather and some chocolate. The alcohol now feels softer, it comes and goes a little.

    Medium length with leather and rather strong alcohol, a peppery layer remains on the edge of the tongue. With strong rhum raisins, oranges, a little oil and salt.

    Tasty but probably young sherry paints. Could be a little softer and rounder, but drinks well.
    N-87, T-86, F-86, good 86 points
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Dominic did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Thanks Rudi :-)
    • Nose
      Overripe figs, violets, pectin, thyme, rosemary and iodine.
    • Taste
      Cotton candy, apple / grape with red sugar at the fair, semillion grape.
    • Finish
      Nut mix, coffee biscuits, hotel cake, lemon zest.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I don't really consider this a sherry beast.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A lot of pear. Blackberry and a little caramel.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pear, blackberry, mocha, fig and caramel. Clearly young.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pear (Festini), blackberry, caramel and almond.

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and fruity whisky, powerful without being too alcoholic. Sherry influence is not too overwhelming, good balanced. Great dram.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Intense nose, a lot of red fruits, forest fruits, raisins. A bit mineral, metal-like. Floral as well. Plums, a bit of coffee.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong, powerful, very intense and fruity. Red fruits, berries. Wine gums. Honey sweetness. Black currant.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still strong and powerful, more winegums now. Intense, warming, honey, berries, pretty long finish.

  10. Fman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, alcohol well integrated, not particularly complex, but a very successful malt ...


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