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Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating 473 votes 87.35
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L19X00040388
Barcode
5000281018232
Added on
22 Jul 2007 9:00 pm

Tastingtags

39 Notes

jankes
Expert Senior jankes Review note
31 May 2017 8:40 pm
jankes gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.5
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
86
Price
84
Presentation
89
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
16 Jan 2017 11:26 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 87 points

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)...

Weighted Rate
87.2
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
89
Presentation
85
There is no accounting for taste...
uap304
Member Senior uap304 Tasting note
18 Dec 2016 6:26 pm
uap304 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Sherry, malt, fruits, cinnamon, darkness, solventy.

Taste

Syrupy. Malt, sherry, raisins, maybe some orange.

Finish

Long and complex, the best part. Vanilla, cognac oak, chocolate, sharp spices, apples, tobacco.

Comments

Like a glass of oatmeal with brown sugar, maple, and raisins. Almost a cross between Edradour and Macallan. Doesn't take water too well.

Mascht
Expert Junior Mascht Tasting note
09 Oct 2016 11:51 am
Mascht gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Sherry, komplex, Espresso

Taste

weich, Sherry, zarte Eiche, etwas Kakao

Finish

lange

Comments
ApricotOne
Expert Senior ApricotOne Review note
08 Jul 2016 10:24 pm
ApricotOne gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84
Nose
85
Initial taste
83
Body
84
Finish
84
Price
85
Presentation
83
Berrysaki
Expert Junior Berrysaki Tasting note
26 Jun 2016 2:25 pm
Berrysaki gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Light sherry, lemon, sugar and a hint of soap and coriander on the background.

Taste

Easy to drink. Sherry and lemon, burnt sugar. Takes a while before the alcohol comes through.

Finish

Medium to long finish. The balance stays quite long, eventually the meatiness comes through.

Comments

Very easy to drink. Would certainly benefit from a higher ABV.

Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Tasting note
19 Jun 2016 10:00 am
Waykid gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Chlorine at the beginning, raisin, maple syrup, citrus in the direction of tangerine and apple, dried fig, an alcoholy nip, deliciously full though mild, sweet oak, apply with a hint of hut & seeds, butterscotch.

Taste

Something bitterish, tangerine, orange, lemonpeel, raisin, some gunpowder, alcoholy nippiness, some bittersweet red apple.

Finish

On bitter oranges, quite long.

Comments

This is a good one, although would probably benefit from higher ABV and less colorant: I associate the bitterness in this one with e150. Pity that the prices are so high nowadays, would certainly be a keeper.

alex..w..fan
Connoisseur alex..w..fan Note
27 Dec 2015 5:50 pm

Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

Mortlach 16yo (43%, Flora & Fauna, +/- 2011) Three stars and a half I know many enthusiasts started to lament the loss of this now discontinued baby, but I have to confess I’ve never been a huge fan in the first place. Colour: full gold. Nose: the main difference is that this one is grassier, more mineral, more waxy. In short, certainly more austere, with more rocks and, in the background, a little ham – which doesn’t make it immensely meaty, having said that. Roasted malt as well, and less fresh oak than in the Rare Old. Touches of parsley and lovage, and even fresh asparagus, since this is now high season. Mouth: once again, this one’s much more austere, earthier, grassier, more mineral, more greasy so to speak. Big maltiness, a little bone marrow and quite a lot of dry sherry and chocolate that are coming to the front. Also oranges. Finish: quite long, and this is possibly the best part, with some olive oil coming through, a smokiness, some tobacco and some cloves. Comments: life’s a bitch. I think I like it better now that it’s discontinued, but its true I hadn’t tried the F&F since ages. SGP:452 - 84 points.


lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
01 Sep 2015 9:00 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.9
Nose
85
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
84
Price
86
Presentation
87

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