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
16 Feb 2011 12:53 am

Average value

€ 220.87

31 × in wishlist

120 × member ratings

282 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.70 points

  1. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • 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.

  2. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Interval may be 86-87.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Gere did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • 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

  5. ricallende scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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!
    • 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.

  7. cuhp scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Okay standard bottling, but the specific bottle I have tasted was too metallic for my taste
    • Nose
      Sherry, dried cranberries, angostura,
      wood spices, licorice and fudge
    • Taste
      Sherry, almonds, marzipan, wood spices, dry, metallic
    • Finish
      Salt, sherry, metallic

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  9. karlsson60 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    perfectly balanced; well-integrated sherry - for me one of the best sherry-cask-developed whiskys I've tried so far.
    • Nose
      Honey melon, sherry, grapes, a touch of caramel, dried apricots, strawberry jam, spices (Kuemmel?)
    • Taste
      slightly salty, spicy oak, malt, dried fruit
    • Finish
      long-lasting, salty, slightly dry

  10. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81


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