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Mortlach 1995 LEG

Overall rating
89.86/100
votes
101
Whiskybase ID
WB169262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Le Gus't (LEG)
Bottling serie
Selection XXV
Vintage
18.03.1995
Bottled
28.08.2020
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
157
Number of bottles
285
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 Nov 2020 9:42 am by Francisque
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.90

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1995 LEG

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.86 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Needs a lot of time in the glass and, despite the already much-diminished strength, appreciates a small drop of water. Then it unfolds its true potential (especially at the end of the flavor development and in the finish). Needs to be "chewed on" for quite a whole to really show its strength on the palate, but it sure is worth it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Without time & water: mellow and very pleasant, but also closed-up and a bit oaky, 88 points.

      With time & water: refill sherry and muscular yet floral Speyside spirit in perfect harmony, 90 points.

      I'm settling for the middle: 89 points.

      Really a lot of old oak, but it's tolerable for the age. Once you get past that, you're rewarded with buttered shortbread, dark honey, gooseberry, ripe apricot, soft Speyside florals, beeswax, old leather, sunflower oil, cashews, darker notes of charcoal and wood ash, as well as some (very muted) liquorice and Oloroso umami.

      Admittedly, it's all very soft and a bit fleeting, so this one's certainly not for thrill-seekers and lovers of intense aromas. But as a subtle, old-style sherried dram that balances cask and spirit and mainly convinces by displaying the benefits of long-term barrel-aging, it's well worth the money.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Begins mellow and softly sour on jammy fruits, gets then leathery (the refill sherry), darker and increasingly sweeter and more richly honeyed, and then some more and more (and more), following this trajectory into a spectacular finale, full of precisely-measured oak spice, wild honey, red-berry fruit jam and roast flavors. All at once.
      This is where it wins me over: I've rarely had a malt that develops as linearly like this, in a steady upward motion, with the flavors just rising and intensifying all the way into a climatic finish, and all the different components peaking at the same time. Really good.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Mouth-coating to the max, with an oily film that covers and clings to everything. Savory salinity, wild berries, honey, almond butter and mellow old oak.

  2. Dede scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I am very annoyed to note that. It's undeniably very well done, but the palate is a bit too stiff and oaky for my taste. I must also say that I am getting painful with all those old Speyside sherry which on the whole does not make me dream anymore like before ... I would say 89/100, but an amateur of the genre would note that above.
    • Nose
      On the nose, it is very smooth, full of dried apricots (rarely had such a clean, present and defined aroma of dried apricot), honey, medjool dates and barley sugar. A little raisins too, and a winey side. However, we can smell the wood behind, with discreet but very present spice notes (nutmeg, white pepper). Nonetheless, a nice complexity emerges behind the facade very smoothly.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the wood is more present, the spices tingle the tongue, and the tannic bitterness relegates the sweetness to the background. More lively notes of candied citrus join the ball (candied orange peel in particular). Nice power in the mouth for a little less than 46%, the joys of a natural reduction of the degree.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium, marked by the bitterness of the wood counterbalanced by candied citrus fruits and the return of dried apricots.

  3. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A combination of a well-breathed or washed successful sherry cask. A rare combination of age and lightness ...
    The nose has a lot of
    green fresh cucumbers to oak tannins with a touch of noble sherry. Zero alcoholicity and excellent balance. Old-fashioned style!
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 89
    P.S. - Sober attempt #2 says more in favor of 90
    The nose is still 23 - you can just breathe it in on a full chest and enjoy ...
    Nose - 23
    Taste - 23
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 90
    P.S. - Quite a sober attempt # 3 suggests the following.
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 87

  4. wisekycourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    nose:
    donf but delicate sherry, ie on raisins, candied citrus fruits, spices, a little dust from an old leather sleeve, the woody
    mouth:
    it is immediately sweet, easy to drink, fruits cooked on the confit more on the candied tangerine that we find to make pastries, a little crushed nuts with moisture on the shell, a little dry herbs at once and the return of its sweet scents, like a 'very' good well reduced blend that we would sip!
    final:
    diffuses on the same scents, pleasant with the desire to use one more, the danger is really good !!!
    (which I will not do now !!)

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A good sherry profile, but the oak is a little overdone.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet tones of prunes, dates and figs, oak is felt and a little spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, a little tart, but full of dark dried fruits.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet, tart, of medium duration.

  7. STL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Copshop68 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Copshop68 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. YoungCee scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

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