Mortlach 16-year-old

Overall rating
86.71/100
votes
143
Whiskybase ID
WB21163
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Flora & Fauna
Bottled
14.02.2008
Stated Age
16 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8045CS000
Added on
16 feb 2011 12:53 am

Average value

€ 289.00

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143 × member ratings

298 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Mortlach 16-year-old

27 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.71 points.

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      Not a great nose... Chalky, dusty, old cognac, with some mild sherry notes.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Not sure if it's my palate, but I detect some old plastic here, along with a lot of chalk and crushed stones. There's also this bitter medicinal taste that is quite offputting. Not too much fruits to round out the weird profile. I've had this bottle since my early years of imbibing Scotch and frankly am quite disappointed with the quality.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Yea, plastic aftertaste... I really need to try this again with a different palate.

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a blind tasting. Pleasant whisky, starting of more powerful, but seems to weaken somehow in time. Which is a pity, otherwise I would have rated this one a bit higher. But pleasant fruity dram for sure, some sherry cask-like influences.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Full scent, fruity, some sherry notes, plums, leather. Oily, and linoleum
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong, powerful, pickering. Fruity and oily structured, plums, some licorice. Things turn more into pale experiences after some time, it seems to weaken in time.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Now it gives a burning feeling, pickering, spicy. Earthy as well, red fruits, plums, pretty long finish.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great example of an old style, uncomplicated dram with lots of quality! Simply lovely.
    • Nose
      Classic Mortlach! Meaty, sherried and savory! I get cherries, bramble, hazelnut chocolate, beef stew.
    • Taste
      Savory, rich and well matured! Taking the ABV in consideration this has a great body! Very nice to see that, apparently, thanks to the way of distillation that this distillery is able to deliver on lower ABV. I get some leather, blueberry, forest fruits and a whiff of tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long. Slightly smoky and very tasteful! I get quite some espresso beans in the finish. What a great dram!

      I really underestimated this dram but I’m happy to have been able to taste this! Whisky like it’s ment to be.

  4. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite a heavily sherried nose, sour cherry, blackberries raisins, plum, some apricot, nutty, slightly meaty, dark chocolate, spices like clove and nutmeg and a bit of polished wood.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very full considering the 43% ABV. Sweet, sour and fruity: sour cherries and blackberries, blueberrie pie, dried apricot and some raisins, also leather notes, some nuttiness and black coffee, spicy with black pepper and clove.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long: sour cherry, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, a trace of smoke, ending on peppery spice and charred wood.

  6. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Sander79 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Koning scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, a rather rough palate with a plastic offnote to my taste buds. Had this in a blind tasting, never thought this to be a Mortlach!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This was an absolute classic and made me fall in love with Mortlach. It was affordable and awesome. Unfortunately the new Mortlachs are not on par with this.

  15. 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.

  16. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  17. 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

  18. ricallende scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: malty, syrup, strawberries, later the sherry influence - orange and chocolate and wood smoke
    T: lemonade syrup, wood, sweet fudge, orange, spicy - cinnamon and a little drying
    F: fudge, chocolate and light smoky

  25. Fagge83 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Incredibly well balanced in its many forms. A huge malt in many ways. True classic
    • Nose
      Oh, oh, oh big sherry. Solid with figs, lamb and bitter chocolate in perfect symbiosis. Some mint and smoke as well.
    • Taste
      Nuts, walnuts, fruity with a little melon and apricot-vibes. Solid and pleasantly sweet.
    • Finish
      Licorice and beef. Towards the end also some green pepper.

  26. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Honestly, this could well be a Macallan
    • Nose
      Fruity sherry with a hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      Comes sweet and very pleasant into the mouth. Dried fruits, chocolate and toffee.
    • Finish
      A realy long finish, pleasant sweet sherry with a beautiful smoky feeling.

  27. hsmithjr scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Beautifully crafted.
    • Nose
      Fresh flowers.  Amontillado sherry.  Figs.  Chocolate bars. Peppermint.  Smoke in the background.
    • Taste
      Complex and a sherry monster.  Chocolate covered toffee.  Smoky and full bodied.  Rich red grapes.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, oaky, and smoke ends the finish.

  28. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful, soft drops, such as F & F is always recommended. Fruity sweet on the palate with a long sweet (sherry) but somewhat dry finish. Sweet sherry and a hint of smoke in the nose. Sweet vanilla oak and smoke in the long finish and amazingly sherry and still smoke.

  29. alectron scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      sweet sherry with some raisins and a touch of chocolate, oily/thick, meaty, dissolved malt drop sweetness o, wood o (old and a few news ones too – peeled twigs), grey bread,  spices o , some earth, some vanilla o/-,  (85)
      Later: nose seems to 'shrink' over time, but the sherry gets heavier, malt sweetness turns caramel & wood becomes older (86)
    • Taste
      surprisingly oily & chewy for the %s, nice fusion of malt sweetness, old wood & dark sherry, some earthy & meaty notes as well (86)
    • Finish
      first, medium long and „merely“ an extension of the palate alas slightly more earthy, maybe even with light smoke notes. However, very nicely drinkable, (85)
      Later: again sherry & malt, getting more chewy & syrupy, but some notes of dried/candied pineapple o (at the very end) & woody spices come through underneath as well  (88)

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