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Mortlach 1978

Overall rating
88.99/100
votes
143
Whiskybase ID
2179
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

€ 514.66

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143 × member ratings

193 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1978

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.99 points

  1. 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.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. zorpheus scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I bought this bottle in the late 90s when it was first offered and was still available at a reasonable price. I am really happy to have a bottle in my collection.
    I opened the bottle with a friend last weekend and we really enjoyed the whisky. What can I say: Great! Like liquid gold in a glass!
    All in all, it's not a simple Mortlach, but the quality is right.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Extremely powerful smell, good in the style of the rarest malts, so close to the distillate. There is a lot of wood smoke, honey, yes also clove and various notes of grass. The sherry notes are unfortunately a bit lost. I would also say pudding and orange cake as well as a combination of paraffin and cherry (or a good stone fruit brandy). If my senses don't deceive me, are there fresh almonds?
    • Taste
      91 91
      Spicy, thick and sweet! And a powerful, tannic taste, lime / lemon is also there, which I find a bit surprising but not bad. No, rather unusual! Everything comes into its own with water, but Mortlach is still a little too aggressive for me. Nonetheless, a real long-lasting taste explosion. A touch of oil, strong liquorice, lemon syrup and various herbs. Isn't there thyme too?
    • Finish
      90 90
      Dry, long but also sweet finish. Some of the sweetness and the various grass notes stay on your tongue for a really long time. A dram that heats up for a long time and makes your legs heavy. Don't go for a walk afterwards! :-)

  7. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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