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Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
87.41/100
votes
524
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

Average value

€ 211,68

Tastingtags

41 Notes

ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
09 Apr 2018 3:59 pm
ctu gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Big sherry. Malt, citruses, waxy fruits, raisin, milk caramel and spicy oak.

Taste

Despite the 43% ABV, it's powerful. Sweet and spicy. Malt, sherry, Cointreau, raisin, citruses and green apple.

Finish

Medium length, sweet, fruity, spicy.

Comments

Easy to drink Macallan style sherry, the best F&F so far. 87/88.

mr.p9
Expert Senior mr.p9 Review note
09 Apr 2018 9:33 am
mr.p9 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
86
Finish
86
Price
86
Presentation
89
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 Senior 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.

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