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Overall rating
91.07/100
votes
16
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Vintage
03.1969
Bottled
04.1991
Stated Age
22 years old
Strength
50.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 750 ml
Added on
16 Nov 2012 10:58 pm

Average value

€ 903,61

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1969 CA

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.07 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Two cracking Mortlach’s i’m hoping, to celebrate the end of an interesting week. I’m starting at 1969 with this Cadenhead WB and then stepping back ten years to 1959 with a commemorative G&M bottling WB.
    N: Golly, this really could be cracking indeed. Initially comes across as [partly] sherried [which it could be], but I’m sure its the touches of rancio & umami and superb long maturation from a decent bourbon cask giving that impression. Compared to the 1959 G&M whisky which is clearly heavily sherried [almost armagnac-like], this is far more vegetal [bourbon]-sweet with heathery-vanilla cream and [Japanese] seaweed, soy sauce & saki notes  - a little Karuizawa here, yep! 50.5% abv isn’t excessive [on the nose at least], a strength id wish for the 1959 G&M bottling coming up. There’s a lot here, a wide spectrum of flavours: old biscuit tins with garibaldi’s inside, a little hide protector,…and it’s generously peppered for sure. Good start and a profile akin to Linkwood with that again, [vegetal] sweet oiliness.
    T:  This [whisky] journey is all about context is it not? I’ve read a few notes from knowledgeable peeps mentioning the fruitiness of this Cadenhead. Again, compared to the armagnac-like 1959, this is decidedly vegetal first off with a savoury-sweet bourbon development and a herbal tincture=incense quality to its general flavour. This displays a true bourbon development for me with a herbal-[white and milk] chocolate liqueur and bitter-fresh caramel into the finish - with plenty of oak in the ascendance.
    F: Its active till the last and not fazed by dilution at all, offering sweet=savoury, mild fresh creamy vanilla and lime lollies - albeit very well controlled with movement/development till the end. Concludes with dry heathers and milky clotted cream - the latter, a true sign of good age.
    C: With a lovely balance bitter-sweet balance and interplay throughout, this is a very decent whisky indeed - but i sense theres better to come….. WB. Bourbon vs sherry, a mix of both - who actually knows? There’s plenty of science and production practise knowledge that explains why sherry cask whiskies can often appear bourbon like and vice-versa. It’s such an interesting journey!

    Scores a B[+]

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Old Mortlach is always a pleasure to drink.
    • Nose
      Sherry and dried fruits. Leather, malty and slightly earthy as well
    • Taste
      Punchy and creamy. Tropical fruit, lychees, melon, apricots and citrus. Later on more salty.
    • Finish
      Long, smooth with some pepper at the end.

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