Mortlach 1971

Overall rating
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

€ 1693.11

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1971

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.00 points

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very elegant, the wood influence is low, you can smell the new make spirits (pear drop, mashed barley), quite citrusy, lemonade, a touch of coconut and fresh cream. There are also wools or just hints of farminess.
    • Taste
      Citrusy and fruity, oak spices, ginger, not very sweet, salted caramel, orange liquor.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet and malty, citrus fruits.

  7. SteveW110 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The absolute highlight on the Old and Rare

  8. penumbra scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This wine seems to be the favorite of OB's highest score and serge on wb. However, this soft and cute atmosphere makes me helpless to ask this question, beast old man, can you still bark?
    • Nose
      Looks like a young girl wearing a lo skirt eats early, floral fragrances (jasmine, wisteria, acacia, cornflower, dandelion, pollen ...), butter, beeswax, coconut milk, banana, oat milk, cream puff, Honey Muffin, Apple Lemon Pie, Waffles, Vanilla Ice Cream, Fruit Hard Candy, Soft Euro Buns. Maybe there is leather?

      The whole is very sweet and slightly oily. The floral and fruity notes are unusually rich, with a little sourness (probably fragrant pear, pineapple) slightly balanced. In addition, although the aging is long, there is no fatigue of the wine, and the disadvantages of excessive barrel flavor make people have to think of Craigellache 31.
    • Taste
      Medium, medium oil, sweet, no acid, no astringent, no bitterness, no spicy.

      Palate: Jasmine, whipped cream, yeast, honey, caramel, milk, white pepper (very small amount of smoked?), Ginger, mint, ginkgo, fruity slightly light.

      Yes, this is Bourbon.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, pepper, honey nuts.

  9. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful Mortlach, floral and in perfect harmony. A bit atypical, at least compared to the Mortlachs I've tried so far. The nose is brilliant.
    Highlight of the evening!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very floral and herbal with some spiciness and a touch of exotic fruits, very elegant


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