Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Mortlach 1980/1997 (63.1%, Flora & Fauna, cask strength) Colour: straw. Nose: super-punchy of course but less aggressive than expected, starting on quite some wood smoke (and BBQ) and notes of ripe gooseberries and orange liqueur (any, really). There’s some honey too, as well as hints of cured ham and a little tar. Discreet notes of sherry. Superb nose at 63% I must say, but let’s add water. With water: develops all on rubbed orange skin, then a huge meatiness. Something like ham cooked in orange sauce, with a little sage and cardamom. Sounds good? Too bad it’s also a tad dusty. Mouth (neat): super-punchy once again, zesty, fruity, sort of lighter than other Mortlachs as far as the profile is concerned. Truckloads of fresh oranges and just hints of bubblegum, but that may come from the high strength. With water: unusual development on sorrel and coriander, with something earthy/dusty. And lemonade. It doesn’t seem to swim too well. Finish: long, pulls itself together again, with some ginger and orange zests. Comments: a rollercoaster of a malt, maybe not state of the art but very entertaining. SGP:552 - 86 points.