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Mortlach 1989 McC

Overall rating 79 votes 90.04
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Mackillop's Choice (McC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Cask Strength
Vintage
01.09.1989
Bottled
03.2012
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Casknumber
3926
Strength
54.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Jun 2012 5:39 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 230,33

2 bottles available

Lowest price on Market: € 280,00

Buy in Market

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 22

Tastingtags

11 Notes

Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
11 Nov 2016 12:05 am
Hvdree gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
87
Presentation
89
Nomnomnomnomnomnom...
Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Tasting note
18 Jun 2016 6:16 pm
Waykid gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Powerful 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.

Comments

This was malty and round overall. Though quite a brawler , harsh with the gooseberry, but pleasantly complex nose and taste.

MikerG2k
Expert Senior MikerG2k Review note
07 Jun 2016 9:27 pm
MikerG2k gave this whisky 87 points

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

Weighted Rate
86.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
86
Finish
85
Price
86
Presentation
86
Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
24 May 2016 5:38 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Amber
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. 

Comments

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.

jankes
Expert Senior jankes Review note
02 Apr 2016 11:24 am
jankes gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.9
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
92
Finish
92
Price
91
Presentation
90
KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
04 Mar 2015 10:10 pm
KayMeertens gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

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

Plum, toffee, leather, milk chocolate, hazelnut, blueberry, apricot, almond and spice. With water the hazelnut becomes stronger.

Finish

Plum, toffee, milk chocolate, hazelnut, apricot, blueberry and a little leather.

Comments

The average score is not exaggerated, superb whisky. 91/92.

Schwark
Expert Junior Schwark Tasting note
31 Mar 2014 11:13 pm
Schwark gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Russetmuscat
Nose

caramel, rose, cassis, chocolat

Taste

chocolat noir amer, raisin (très) sec, beaucoup de bois en copeaux, un peu de noix, caramel au beure salé, orange sanguine, poivre (qui peut évoluer vers le piment)


Finish

chocolat noir, mure, poivre blanc léger,...


Comments

J'ai également senti une odeur de carton mouillé mais c'est parti assez vite après l'ouverture : le nez est en fait très agréable.

La bouche est très puissante. Monstrueuse.

Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
25 Feb 2014 8:03 pm
Bishlouk gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Burnished
Nose

Nez assez étrange sur le carton moisi et mouillé. Ce n'est pas très engageant !

Taste

Bouche très douce sur le sucre candy liquide, c'est super sucré. L'alcool est bien intégré.

Finish

Finale assez douce aussi avec des épices exotiques douces qui remontent dans le nez.

Comments

La bouche est assez passe partout. La finale n'est pas mal du tout. Mais par contre le nez est trop bizarre.

ValeronDeportivo
Expert Senior ValeronDeportivo Review note
12 Jan 2014 10:21 pm
ValeronDeportivo gave this whisky 94 points
Weighted Rate
93.7
Nose
99
Initial taste
91
Body
96
Finish
90
Price
93
Presentation
92
ValeronDeportivo
Expert Senior ValeronDeportivo Tasting note
12 Jan 2014 10:52 pm
ValeronDeportivo gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

A gentle and sweet nose, fruity and fragrant. The alcohol is practically non-existant, no bite at all at full strength. I get notes of flowers, litchi, grapes, powdered glucose sugar, and eventually strawberries and cherries. Also hints of chocolate and sweet cream.

This is wonderful, truely, and developes continously in the glass.

Taste

Very thick and chewy, starts very sweet and continues more spicy. Summer fruits develop to cocoa, soft ginger and pepper. At the back, just a trace of peat smoke. The wood is felt, but not as heavily as might be understood from the previous review in my opinion.

Although the body is very full, the whisky is not oily, and even a little drying. This combination works well, leaving the tongue clean and the tastes clear.

The sherry is discreet, and I get no Mortlach meatiness, nor sulphur. Perfect cask!

Finish

Smooth, sweet and of medium length. Mostly fruits (bananas, fresh coconut), white raisins hint at the sherry.

After the tastes die out, a sweet sensation stays a very long time.

Comments

I had this at 89 at first tasting, but after some weeks the bottle breathed and developed wonderfully. 94 is well deserved in my opinion now!

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