Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Stated Age
16 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
22 Jul 2007 9:49 pm

Average value

€ 264.59

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

49 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.44 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This review is for bottle code 1127 and bottling stamp L6332CM000 05394308.

    Meanwhile it is years ago that I had this once standard Mortlach in my glass, so i opened another bottle out of my stock tonight - simply to check if it is quite as good as I do remember.

    The nose is heavy Paxarette sherry: nothing more, nothing less.  One dimensional, but what a dimension....  Brutal shocking - but if you love this flavor it is great!  On the palate it gets two-dimensional: Besides the fat sherry you clearly taste the creamy, creme brulee-like signature of the Mortlach malt.  There are not many malts that can stand such heavy sherry influence, but Mortlach can! 

    But the best thing about this dram:  It is totally sulphur-free (most recent Mortlachs are spoiled with nasty sulphur notes - do they have no cask management at Mortlach or do they have a blind sulphur spot?  By the way:  The Scottish whisky sales reps in the Middle and Far East state that sulphur notes are a tradition to the Scotch whisky industry - I call this simply a shameless lie!  Why the hell are all the stills and condensers made of expensive copper (that reduces unwanted aromes most prominent sulphur) and not made of much cheaper steel (that does nothing in this respect)???

    I really like sulphur-free heavy sherried Mortlachs (the same way as I hate the sulphured ones)...
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one is too weak for me. It's a sad day when a Mortlach is rated highly because it hasn't been ruined by sulfur. I can remember the good ole days when sulfur wasn't so much of a thing and the Mortlachs were nicely savory with a porcini thing going on that I just loved, almost a steak fat thing too. Miss those old Mortlachs. This one is pretty good but "speak memory" it doesn't hold a candle to the old days. Granted, the ABV's weren't that high back then either, generally speaking. I seem to recall an Italian import Mortlach that just blew me away in the 1990's. Since it was cask strength it can only have been, you guessed it, Samaroli. But that was so long ago. The new Samaroli co bottle a Mort back a few years, I think in 2017. It had a pretty respectable ABV if memory serves. I'm sure if it was any good then it's long gone now aside from auctions.

  3. Glenjasper scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. islaynut scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    One of my all time favourite whiskies. A sherried masterpiece.

  5. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A nice Mortlach to have before the new branding took away qualities that were good IMO.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      65 65

  8. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    16 Flowers and Birds are very distinctive. As the only OB for a long time, what can be said in the same series is the horns, which has the potential to attract people.
    • Nose
      Sulfur, white and white, grape-flavored herbs common in Cognac, oak, leather, longan.
    • Taste
      Red dates, old leather, herbs, bitter, pits, nuts, oak.
    • Finish
      Medium, woody bitter, pitted.

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice for a bottle without pretension.
    • Nose
      Pretty. Leather, wood, a little side bacon.
      Black pepper. A bit of bitter chocolate.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's round, sherry. Wood, red fruit. Currant, strawberry, cherry. A bit of smoke.
    • Finish
      Finale on smoke, ash, barbecue, wood and a hairs of currant.

  10. whiskyd scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      68 68
    • Finish
      75 75


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