Mortlach 1978

Overall rating
89.05/100
votes
154
Whiskybase ID
WB2179
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1978
Bottled
05.1998
Stated Age
20 years old
Strength
62.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281014586
Added on
24 may 2008 10:07 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1739.02

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 1978

24 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.05 points.

  1. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Rare Malts editions are among the best collections ever. Hard to find a dram that is not great.
    This Mortlach is very good as well.
    If something, does not really have a meaty profile, rather a very good Speyside dram

  2. zorpheus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This bottling shows exactly what Mortlach did best at the time and what this distillery once stood for. And that although the whisky didn't even come from a sherry cask. The strong notes in the nose are really strong, but the Mortlach itself is really delicious. Unfortunately, this bottling from the Rare Malts Selection is now rare and has become almost unaffordable. If you can still get hold of a bottle, I can only recommend the purchase.
    • Nose
      90 90
      True to character with hints of roast beef. Hay and straw, like in a barn on a farm. barley and lemon zest. Oak and a touch of beeswax, some lacquer.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Dry and beeswaxy, with some tea. oak, barley. Again the slight hint of seared beef. Hay, straw, just typical farm. Very sharp for its age, but not really surprising either at an ABV of 62.2% ABV. Notes of cork, lemon zest.
    • Finish
      91 91
      A huge finish that just doesn't seem to stop. Dry with hints of cork, oak and straw.

  3. maurisso scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fruttagiala + slightly fleshy.
    .
    Thanks to FO

  4. Simo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. hyc scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------90

  6. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. -sAxo- scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. DrunkDude scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    New leather, a lot of malt aroma, a little dried kiwi fruit, raw sense, a little gasoline, rotten vegetable leaves, maybe the 62.2-degree wine needs to be set for a while to disperse the taste? After waking up for 15 minutes, it began to give out some ripe mango flavors and creamy apples, but it was still dominated by various rotten vegetables and fleshy flavors. 82

    While the sweetness and sour are more balanced, you still can’t ignore the jerky feeling. The wine has a heavy oily body. The taste contains cane sugar, green apples, asparagus, spoiled vegetables, a lot of black pepper and woody tannins. The bitterness already accounts for A large percentage. The wine has a thick body and a strong sense of fat. But this flavor is really jerky, unacceptable and dry. Can you use a barrel with a little taste? 84

    A lot of herbal bitterness, cold boiled Chinese cabbage without salt, grapefruit peel, bitter gourd, dark chocolate, woody tannins, still jerky. 79

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sigh…

    Ah… a golden oldie from the Rare Malts Selection, longer in the bottle by now than it ever spent in the cask. Distilled in 1978 and bottled after 20 years at a whopping 62.2% ABV. You’ll have a very hard time getting hold of this bottle now – or need very deep pockets – but I got my hands on it via a raffle and poured it as the finale in my online masterclass last October.

    Very bright and imposing nose on citrus and lots of grasses, orange cake, lemon pie (!), woodsmoke, candlewax, apricot liqueur and even some almonds. Slate. Gyproc. Eagle fern. This is very distillate driven indeed. And surprisingly un-sherried, if you know what I mean. But powerful and good.

    Very sturdy on the palate, with the emphasis on lime and kiwi… did not see that coming. Lovely notes of oak, mildly drying, but the alcohol is perfectly integrated. Great old school Mortlach with some green notes like thyme and even rosemary. Liquorice candy and aniseed kick in. I’m in seventh heaven.

    The finish is long, green and grassy with a lovely trace of woodsmoke at the death.

    Boy, oh boy, they don’t make ‘m like that no more. Doesn’t get much more old school, I suppose. Sigh.

  10. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    It's really mouthcoating, no water needed despite the high abv, very drinkable and enjoyable - great!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of green fruits, star fruit, green bananas, green apples, limes, minerals, limestone, honeydew
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, fruity, pears, apples, little grapefruits, pepper, little leafy - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, zesty, a tad bitter in the end

  12. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  14. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Quite hard, but high quality Mortlach.
    • Nose
      Sherry, citruses, honey, milk caramel, vanilla and grass.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Fruits, honey, citruses. Fresh mint. Spicy oak.
    • Finish
      Long, citrusy, spicy.

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I do not think water is needed on this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I like this very much, profile wise it is very balanced.
    • Nose
      Fruity on lemon, pineapple & orange with some honey and a little toffee thrown in.

      Barley sugar, warm biscuits/bread and a little peach with cream.
    • Taste
      Quite thick & chewy with menthol hints mixing with the fruit and barley sugar, then starts to get a little dry with a few bitter notes.
    • Finish
      Quite long and gaining power with a zesty fruit finish.

  19. Landryn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  20. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Mortlach 20 yo 1978/1998 (62.20%, OB, Rare Malts) Colour: gold. Nose: extremely punchy once again, well in most Rare Malts’ style, that is to say close to the distillate. Once again, there’s quite some wood smoke but also much less sherry and much more grassy notes than in the F&F. Whiffs of vanilla custard and orange cake, then a combination of paraffin and kirsch (or any stone fruit spirit) and maybe even a little soap – or is that fresh almonds? With water: oh, it shuts down, getting grassy, mineral and very austere. Mouth (neat): raw, powerful and kind of gritty/tannic, with some lime in the background. A little strange, paraffiny and lemony. Unusual! With water: better but still a little aggressive and maybe too ‘green’ and grassy. Hints of oil, strong liquorice, lemon syrup and various herbs. Thyme? Finish: long, all on the same grassy notes. Comments: not an easy-easy Mortlach but quality is there. SGP:462 – 85 points.

  21. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 325 € at Whiskyauction in July 2015

  22. Allandale scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Ful bodied , an after-dinner dram.
    • Nose
      Redolent of ripe autumn fruits. A touch of Pedro Ximenez sherry sweetness and creme brûlée. Leathery notes. Peaty smoke. Spices, black pepper. Hint of sulphur
    • Taste
      Gentle fruitiness, Golden Delicious apples. Pecan nuts, toffee and vanilla. Malted barley sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long and complex finish reveals almond, nuts and bitter chocolate notes also oscillates between slight acidic citrus and immense flavours of raisins and candied orange peel.A whiff of peaty smokiness.

  23. zby0001 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  24. Quaker scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    A malt close to its roots, constantly on the edge of the razor. It is clearly not a monster of fade and complexity but duality and originality are there.
    • Nose
      Unsurprisingly and given the alcoholic title, the nose is very powerful. The easiest to identify is the wooded side.
      Then comes the herbaceous side on the herbes de provence. A good ventilation of 15 minutes at least then suggests other notes such as vanilla, bitter orange. Very interesting back and forth between power and sweetness, as if the different flavors did not want each other.
      A few drops of water also help the nose to open but too much tend to make it austere.
    • Taste
      Powerful but mastered! I find the woody side pungent and maintained by the sweetness of a lemon tart with a little vanilla. This mouth is out of the ordinary ...
    • Finish
      Long and heady on herbs and a little lemon.

  25. fudodachi scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    The body is surprisingly thin, yet the feeling in the mouth is good. (I have no notes on the color, but it's certainly not gin clear.)
    • Nose
      In the beginning, it's surprisingly shallow, thin, there's not much anything there. Then comes some menthol, then something sweet. Opens up after half an hour. In the end, it's really nice.
    • Taste
      Sharp. Familiar sherry, something along the lines of Aberlour a'bunadh and Mortlach F&F. Very good.
    • Finish
      Mellow in a strong way, splendid.

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