Mortlach 1971

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2004
Stated Age
32 years old
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
23 Sep 2007 9:51 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1756.00

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1971

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.86 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2021] A review of a sample (because the price of a bottle is simply ridiculous)...

    ...which is a showcase dram of the old Highland style that focussed more on floral and waxy notes than modern drams do - which made these old drams more distinctive. Today's drive for heavy wood, monstrous wine or extreme peat impact very often masks the unique distillery character of the spirit ("whisky") hence many modern releases simply smell and taste rather uniform. This is good for mass market acceptance but it is very bad for connoisseurs who appreciate the difference...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers an excellent old Highland style profile which is quite impressive. Basically all aromas are there which I adore in these old profiles: barley sugars, fruits, honeys, waxes, oils, (summer and autumn) floral impressions, spices and firm but never dominating wooden notes. All is nicely balanced and without any off-note, a nose which is fun to explore and enjoyable to sniff.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is complex too with more spices (peppers, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla) than with the nose. The fruits are stronger with hints of banana, coconuts and papaya (I really like this combo). After some chewing the honeys celebrate a comeback and combine with the sugars to a tasty caramel note. All is very delicious and again without any flaw or imbalance. This is very quaffable stuff (if you do not think of the price tag) and very old-stylish too.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and turns a little more to the wooden side with more peppers and an interesting salty impression. Despite the stronger woods it never gets too bitter or unpleasantly drying, the bitterness is more that of tobacco and/or tea leaves hence enjoyable. Water is not recommended as it flattens both nose and taste.

  2. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Awesome mortlach! Spicy oak, lemon, tobacco, leather. Incredible! 23-23-23-23

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is quality, restrained power if you will, great flavours and balance.
    A little water really opens things up.
    Sadly too expensive now, try some if you can
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Intense, fresh, quite complex, great citrusy - very good!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Honey, citrus fruits, lemon peel, spices, hints of vanilla, fine oak wood, whiffs of tobacco and leather - very good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, citrusy, subtle sweetness, more lemon peel, more tobacco and fine leathery notes, spicy, ginger, grapefruits - great!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, fruity, zesty, more grapefruits

  5. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Big whisky, my best Mortlach ever, especially the nose is incredibly deep and complex.
    The heavy sherry is no lack, the refined distillery character well felt as ex-bourbon too.
    Some dropes of water help to raise the taste and the finish close to the nose.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Refined and floral. Matured spicy oak, honey, unripe banana, green apple, milk foam, kiwi and coconut.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Creamy. Matured oak. Spices: ginger, white pepper and nutmeg. Caramel and honey. Banana shake.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruity, spicy. Slightly goes to Brora's farmy, peaty feeling. Touch of tobacco too.

  6. UsquebaughNL scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Mortlach 32 yo 1971/2004 (50.1%, OB) Colour: surprisingly light, pale straw. The nose is more discrete than the Glen Ord’s, but more complex and delicate. Extremely floral for such an old malt, again there seems to be little wood influence. Lots of meadow flowers, buttercup, pollen. Hints of farmy notes, wet dog. A little yeasty, with some notes of porridge, green bananas, hot milk. Very complex! It goes on with some acacia honey, and a bit of coconut milk. Very elegant. The mouth is creamy, sweet, getting very gingery with lots of white pepper and nutmeg. Now I can feel the wood’s influence. Goes on with some light caramel, honey. Really splendid, complex and subtle… The finish is long and quite peppery. A winner, no doubt. 92 points

  7. EJS scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22 23 22 23 90

    beautiful, elegant, maybe too fresh for me to give him 90+, but very good was bottle 1397

  9. Hazar scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Color: Light amber.
    Aroma: Sweet, dessert, honey-malt with herbs, fresh fruits and organics. Sweet apples, melon, open pie with fruit filling, vanilla, zest, cardamom and honey in combs. A little later, more organic matter, pine needles, damp leather glove, wrapped caramels, delicate dry oak. Warming up adds sliced orange with zest, creamy fruity fudge, ginger, nutmeg notes and oak-herbal astringency. Wow!
    Taste: Sweet-spicy, citrus-ginger-honey, kumquat, candied ginger, vanilla, cloves, herbs, mint and oak bitterness. Slightly oily. There is more bitterness in the second sip, but it is nicely set off by honey notes. With a drop of water, less spices and bitterness, fresh citruses, apples and peaches, honey with ginger, creamy toffee. The end is drier and more tart.
    Finish: long, sweet-tart, spicy with a slight bitterness, buttery and slightly mineral. On exhalation, zest, herbs, needles, organic matter, dry oak and leather. At the end it is drier and more tart with a distinct bitterness. Creamy honey notes in the background. Gorgeous! Easier and smoother with water, less spicy, sweet-creamy with zest and ginger and a little oak at the end.
    Conclusion: Great! A chic age-old malt that looks fresh and cheerful, without excessive oak, but with a lot of spices. Calibrated and consistent inside and out, a whole powerful piece. Masterpiece!

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    want to say that this is one of my favorite drinks. If it were more affordable and less expensive, I would always keep the bottle in the table. Strong, with a bright honey-waxy smell, with a rich taste characteristic of long aging in a Bourbon barrel, it stands out for its high quality.


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