Overall rating
Single Malt
Mackillop's Choice (McC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Cask Strength
Calculated age
22 years old
Sherry Wood
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Jun 2012 5:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 230,33

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104 × member ratings

119 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1989 McC

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.67 points

  1. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful sherry! Great balance!
    I find it difficult to describe the whole palette - a lot of everything and steadily tasty, so I just recommend it to everyone.

  2. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose is deeply rich and so good! Meaty and sherry richness, huge malt and some typical tire rubber notes. Huge pork fat, curry leaves and fat sweet malt.
    • Taste
      The wee witchy is hard at work. She makes rough and tumble monstrous whisky, and the quality shows. Huge malt with soft dried fruits like strawberries and plums.
    • Finish
      Huge finish, the rubber tire and malt play hand in hand with cask smoke and more dried fruits as the herbal vanilla and farmy notes play on the back of the tongue.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This was malty and round overall. Though quite a brawler , harsh with the gooseberry, but pleasantly complex nose and taste.
    • Nose
      initial tanginess, gooseberry, toffee thereunder,acidity, fresh red apple,
      cinnamon baked apple, cashwev nut,starts rounding up sweet and malty. Strong
      white gooseberry, lemon peel, very fruity, good.
    • Taste
      Malty and sweet, round, toffee, a hint of dried fig and
      apricot, oven baked apple, a bit of roast nut, a pleasant tangy toffee, syrup
      and mild ripe lemon, ammonium chloride, mussely. A savoury shade thereby. Good.
    • Finish
      A little bitterish toffee-oak, long, pleasant.

  5. MikerG2k scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: powerfull in alcohol, little banaan, lemon zest, vanilla
    Taste: oily, sweet
    Finish: sweet, then pepper hits
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A real prize from MacKillop. I've yet to find another 80's-90's Mortlach that would impress me so. I originally bought a bottle after seeing the first three or so scores here and am I ever glad I chose to trust strangers in this case.
    • Nose
      Peppersteak. Old wood, sawdust. Slightly acidic? The wood note is very penetrating, slightly sour, venerably old, but not particularly sherryish, just oaky. A hay note pops up with a teaspoon of water, some strawberry even, and a leathery staleness. Dustiness and faint spices. Biscuits.
    • Taste
      Wafers, slight cardboardiness, delicious old wood, cinnamon and russian candy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_candy).The taste is very rich and impressive. Surprisingly bright fruitiness along with the strawberry mentioned before. With more water I find it becomes suddenly quite peppery, and then loses that property again when given more water. This bottle seems to have a lot of stories to tell us as it changes quite a bit based on how much water it is given. 
    • Finish
      Aftertaste has freshness but not menthol-y. This is more like coriander but not soapy. Peanuts. Slightly metallic. 

  7. jankes scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The average score is not exaggerated, superb whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First fruit: apricot, plum, litchi, pineapple and blue grape. Then toffee, hazelnut, milk chocolate and spice. A little sweet & sour sauce. Wonderful nose, no 'trademark' dirty touch at all.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Plum, toffee, leather, milk chocolate, hazelnut, blueberry, apricot, almond and spice. With water the hazelnut becomes stronger.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Plum, toffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut, apricot, blueberry and a little leather.

  9. Schwark scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    I also smelled of wet cardboard but it left pretty soon after the opening: the nose is actually very nice. The mouth is very powerful. Monstrous.
    • Nose
      caramel, rose, blackcurrant, chocolate
    • Taste
      bitter dark chocolate, (very) dry grapes, lots of wood chips, some nuts, salted caramel, blood orange, pepper (which can evolve into chilli)
    • Finish
      dark chocolate, blackberry, light white pepper, ...

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The mouth is enough goes everywhere. The final is not bad at all. But against the nose is too weird.
    • Nose
      Strange nose on moldy and wet cardboard. It's not very engaging!
    • Taste
      Very sweet mouth on liquid candy sugar, it's super sweet. Alcohol is well integrated.
    • Finish
      Final sweet enough also with sweet exotic spices that go up in the nose.


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