- 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
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110 × member ratings
121 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1989 McC
15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.63 points
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.
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.
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.
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.
- This was malty and round overall. Though quite a brawler , harsh with the gooseberry, but pleasantly complex nose and taste.
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.
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.
A little bitterish toffee-oak, long, pleasant.
- Nose: powerfull in alcohol, little banaan, lemon zest, vanilla
Taste: oily, sweet
Finish: sweet, then pepper hits
- 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.
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.
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.
Aftertaste has freshness but not menthol-y. This is more like coriander but not soapy. Peanuts. Slightly metallic.
- The average score is not exaggerated, superb whisky.
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.
Plum, toffee, leather, milk chocolate, hazelnut, blueberry, apricot, almond and spice. With water the hazelnut becomes stronger.
Plum, toffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut, apricot, blueberry and a little leather.