Mortlach 1997 Wy

Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
11
Whiskybase ID
WB215298
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Supper Club
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Number of bottles
209
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 aug 2022 9:11 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 200.00

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 1997 Wy

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.33 points.

  1. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice bottling that emphasizes the Mortlach character, especially towards the end. I can highly recommend time in the glass and playing with the pipette (drop by drop).

    Full review in a flight of six speyside drams: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/12/06/immer-mehr-speyside-im-glas-teil-4/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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  3. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    EYE/NOSE
    Visually pale gold. Malty sweetness at first on the nose, reminiscent of sugary yeast dough or even fresh yeast particles. Then it gets spicy. Thyme, parsley, savory, cooked celery, marjoram. I make a note of the vegetable broth. A kind of 'stew'. This has something of the classic Mortlach distillery character, even if the aromas of the Mortlachs often seem even fleshier than here. In the background I perceive a sweet and sour note that I find difficult to classify at first. I am first with Gold-Kiwis, but dismiss the thought again. Light grapes, semi-dry white wine, that's probably what it comes down to.

    PALATE
    Pleasant mouthfeel. Light, oily texture more commonly found in longer aged, unpeated Scottish malts. Grassy, grainy and rather reserved in taste. The sweetness from the nose runs like a red thread through the enjoyment of the malt. The herbal notes can also be found again. Sweet herbal impressions, comparatively little fruitiness and only a hint of vanillin. The herbal mixture becomes woodier in the mouth over time, but the hogshead has given the malt quite a bit of oak freight over a full quarter of a century.

    FINISH/CONCLUSION
    Medium-length aftertaste. No unpleasant bitterness whatsoever. The sweetness remains as the main aroma. A few dried fruits like figs and apricots and, vaguely, sweet licorice come to mind. Our test sample is quite elegant, but rather unspectacular than really complex, which makes it look a bit interchangeable overall. I have had many malts aged 'in a hogshead' over the years. There were some weak ones and some standouts, but mostly they were somewhere between fair and good. This one is good. But that's not enough for me in this price segment. The malt has no real flaws in the sense of annoying off-notes or the like. However, with its constant doughy sweetness, it is significantly less complex and exciting than the basic data would suggest.

    More notes and review on Facebook at: #Maltkanzlei

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