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Overall rating
90.57/100
votes
9
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Chieftain's
Vintage
1990
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Cask
Strength
58.1 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
K&L Wine Merchants Exclusive
Added on
02 Jun 2013 12:26 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 127,00

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1990 IM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.57 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A heavily-sherried malt done extremely well. This one is a bit wild and it doesn't offer great complexity, but it has your usual suspects -- prunes, raisins, cherries, chocolate. Slightly mushroomy, and meaty, and a hint of sulfur, but seriously, it's okay on this one! I love it! Palindrome is right -- no water needed because the finish just dies off, and it takes away from the spice and "wildness" that I like with this one. I drank a Glendronach 1990 cask 2973 after this Mortlach... Both heavily sherried, but I find the Glendronach a bit more refined and "winey", but sometimes, the wildness of a Mortlach is what you need. I gave both the same score - 91.

  2. Palindrome scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the nose reminds me of a Pappy Van Winkle 20 circa 2012 (I've had many bottles over the past seven or eight years); bourbon old oak, cinnamon sticks, dried lichen from pine trees; lovely cooked cherries and pie crust. Strong model airplane glue just like a Pappys! Good lord, this is closer than one would have imagined. Update: As the bottle has oxygenated, the PVW parallel has declined.

    Mouth: Needs a bit of water due to high ABV. Still very bourbon like for a single malt. Water unfortunately diminishes the complexity. Too bad. So does not take on water very well. Cherries, oak, toasted grain, dark fruit compote, musty curtains (or wet moss, take your pick), crushed whole cluster red grape clusters. Still a bit like a Pappy 20 but not as much as the nose.

    Finish: It's quite long. At first, the bottle had a bitter note that would linger on the end of the tongue but as it oxygenates, the finish has become much more pleasing. 

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