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Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating 100 votes 86.48
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
2008
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8045CS000
Added on
16 Feb 2011 12:36 am

WB Value

€ 131,88

1 bottle available

Lowest price on Market: € 180,00

Buy in Market

257 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 21
Taste 21
Finish 20
Balance 20

Tastingtags

16 Notes

FineSpirits_butler1
Expert Senior FineSpirits_butler1 Tasting note
05 May 2015 12:18 am
FineSpirits_butler1 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

In space there are cherries and plums.

Caramel-nut-smoke impressions at first nosing as well as clear oranges at the very beginning. They disappear and for the next minutes barley, sweetness and tart spiciness as well as hints of nuts dominate. It gets more woody and spicy and then again and again comes noble tart chocolate. Raisins.
There are some faint hints of sulphur but they are changing into spiciness of Sherry casks and then also the citrus comes back and establishes.
Sherry, more chocolate, wine.
The wood offers some complexity in its spiciness - there are some quality casks, coming again and again, trying to establish.
Wooden closet, old pantry and sweet apricot jam manifest after about 15 to 20 minutes.
It is getting more round, deeper and aromatic: Malty spiciness mixes with the wood and the Sherry. Cherry jam, some fresh figs, syrupy pears, fermented berries and aromatic hints of coffee.
These whiffs of sulphur appear occasionally but they are not destroying the aroma. Sometimes there appear to be hints of some aromatic but kind of 'sharp' smoke.
There are also shingles and some brine.
Certain oilyness and density - to me the nose appears the best when given a lot of time and rest in the glass; waving seems to agitate the spirit and shows 'just' some lemon juice and more 'modern' components and a clear Speyside character.
Later some 'sharp' leather and a sense of maturity, mint tea, a few chocolate liqueur pralines and some caramelized sugar.
Taste

Sweet at the beginning but getting tart after a short time. Spices and a lot of playing citrus i.e. slightly bitter and tart orange peels appear.

Leather, Sherry and again some old casks which show themselves in scouring powder (very tart), cherry juice (also moving into scouring powder), pickled fruits, raisins and again some chocolate liqueur pralines.
Some vegetables as well, charred wood, more tartness and hints of smoke.
A little sharpness from the alcohol - if the sips are not too big, it is fiery and pleasant, and also here turning into scouring powder.
Dark chocolate, plums, some cookies, 'Feuerzangenbowle'.
There is some old wood and some wood-impressions which give more the Speyside-character in terms of spiciness.
Finish

Sherry cask, tart and sour citrus peels, coffee beans and dark chocolate.

Spiciness and for a short period of time also a slight bitterness.
Plums, more spices and hints of long cooked cabbage. A bit of a maltiness, hints of smoke, some rum raisins, berries and hints of vanilla.
There is an impressions of 'Tafelspitz' beef and also hints of seaweed and salt.
'Plumwood' in the end gives a pleasant feeling but also an impression as if some casks were competing for the dominance - in the end of the aftertaste the more common and unexciting casks seem to prevail a bit.
Comments

In the time when this whisky was available for maybe 50 Euro (or less? I don't know), it surely was a nice standard.

I got it for about 100 Euro and this is a bit too much although there is some very nice quality.

The sulphur is not destructive.
It is very aromatic and full but at the same time some contrasting 'modern alcoholic' aromas seem to wind themselves around a little bit.
FineSpirits_butler1
Expert Senior FineSpirits_butler1 Review note
04 May 2015 11:42 pm
FineSpirits_butler1 gave this whisky 86 points

Interval may be 86-87.

Weighted Rate
86.3
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
84
Presentation
87
Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
15 Oct 2014 9:23 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.1
Nose
83
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
82
Presentation
83
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Gere
Member Senior Gere Tasting note
26 Jul 2014 10:26 pm
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

fruits, cherry,

Taste

first fresh fruits, apple. then change to dry and just a taste of smoke

Finish

fruits taste is going away quickly but the taste of smoke is quite long and another taste that I can't define maybe earthy

Comments
ricallende
Expert Junior ricallende Review note
13 Jun 2014 1:59 pm
ricallende gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.8
Nose
84
Initial taste
86
Body
86
Finish
87
Price
86
Presentation
86
Corso_theRed
Expert Junior Corso_theRed Tasting note
20 Jan 2014 12:37 pm
Corso_theRed gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Directly from the sample bottle, I get a delicious dose of smoke – cold campfire, well-cured bacon. After the pour, the slight smokiness is gone though. Now there is dry sherry and a mix of orange peel and a faint oak note. Letting it age again in the glass reinvigorates a slight smokiness. The PPM is very low, and it takes quite a while for it to build up again in conjunction with oxygen.

Taste

Quite mellow! The tannins are well recognizable; it is European oak after all. What makes this dram so interesting is the composition between sweetness, which drives salivation and creates a sticky sensation on the tongue, and, at the same time, I’m getting floral and fresh overtones of green apples and oranges. It is very intriguing, or as some might call it, complex!

Finish

Medium-long. I swear I was always smirking when somebody proclaimed to smell/taste leather and hide, but I actually just had them too, if only ever so slightly. There is also an association with earthiness – cold, wet soil. Oak and delicious dark-chocolate notes linger for a few minutes and paint the finish the way it should be. The bitterness is very well balanced and not overwhelming in my opinion.

Comments

The reputation of this bottling is well justified. This is a very delicious single malt. Now if they only let us have natural coloring and no chill-filtration!

cuhp
Specialist cuhp Tasting note
11 Jan 2014 3:54 pm
cuhp gave this whisky 78 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Sherry, dried cranberries, angostura, wood spices, licorice and fudge

Taste

Sherry, almonds, marzipan, wood spices, dry, metallic

Finish

Salt, sherry, metallic

Comments

Okay standard bottling, but the specific bottle I have tasted was too metallic for my taste

KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
16 Dec 2013 7:52 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Sherry, spicy oak, orange, cherry, nutmeg, cinnamon, plum, caramel, pepper and a bit of malt.

Taste

Sherry, spicy oak, orange, almond, cinnamon, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, chestnut, raisin, liquorice, cloves, a slight maltiness and a whiff of smoke.

Finish

Sherry, dark chocolate and burnt wood.

Comments
karlsson60
Expert Senior karlsson60 Tasting note
30 Jun 2013 12:56 pm
karlsson60 gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Honigmelone, Sherry, Trauben, ein Hauch von Karamell, getrocknete Aprikosen, Erdbeermarmelade, Gewuerze (Kuemmel?)

Taste

leicht salzig, wuerzige Eiche, Malz, getrocknete Fruechte

Finish

langanhaltend, salzig, leicht trocken

Comments

perfekt ausgeglichen; gut integrierter Sherry - fuer mich einer der besten im Sherry-Fass ausgebauten Whiskys, die ich bisher probiert habe.

Furtia
Connoisseur Furtia Review note
05 Dec 2012 4:18 am
Furtia gave this whisky 81 points
Weighted Rate
81.1
Nose
85
Initial taste
79
Body
79
Finish
81
Price
79
Presentation
84

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