Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Sherry Cask
Stated Age
25 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
56.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Jul 2014 2:03 pm by Kirsch
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 234,30

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61 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1988 CA

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.83 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 59 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2016]  If you adore lots of sulphur (rubber is a sulphury flavour) in your whisky  -  this old Mortlach is the perfect dram
    for you.  It is overridden with so much sulphur that I cannot find any
    trace of the original whisky anymore...Why the hell do distillers use the expensive copper material for the
    stills and condensers (mainly to filter unwanted flavours like...
    sulphur) when in the end they fill the precious spirit in
    sulphur-riddled casks?  To me this is the smell of hell...  Not to drink - one for the sink!!!  I am not able to swallow this stuff.  But as other people obviously love such a taste, have fun with it.  I do not begrudge...PS:  The label of the Cadenhead sample that was provided to me stated another release https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/92235/1988-ca but most likely it was mistaken with this one...
    • Nose
      59 59
    • Taste
      53 53
    • Finish
      48 48

  2. mandragoru scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This one
    you are gonna love or gonna hate. It took me a while before I decides, but I’m
    gonna go for love. After I have swallowed a sip, I just want MORE. Really
    warming. And a profile I think is unique for (some) Mortlach.
    • Nose
      This is not your average dram. Let’s see what we have here: rubber at first,
      lots of rubber. Very, very meaty. Like very rare beef. Some sherry fruit as
      well, like dried prunes and figs. Tobacco and black coffee. Some Oranges. This
      is a special and heavy nose. I feel like I’m gonna have to chew on the liquid.
    • Taste
      Well.. I
      wasn’t far off. A thick mouth indeed, very oily. Still lots of rubber and lots
      of beef. Some sulfury notes as well. It’s hard to detect something through all
      the beefy rubber, but there is somes fruit and coffee in there.
    • Finish
      Yes, big
      again. The funny thing is, at first the flavours keep getting stronger after
      you have swallowed. This goes on for a long time. I don’t think the finish will
      be out of my mouth until I brush my teeth. Very warming.

  4. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Mortlach 25 yo 1988/2014 (56.8%, Cadenhead, Sherry Cask, 576 bottles) I just loved the latest 1994/2015 ‘small batch’ (WF 91) but that one was almost totally spirit-driven. Might not be the case here. Colour: gold. Nose: these bicycle inner tubes that were in the old official NAS. I mean, it’s more a dragster than a bicycle. A box of rubber bands, then a box of cigars, then a box of prunes. A lot of boxes, I know. Not 100% convinced so far. With water: not a few inner tubes, a whole factory! Mouth (neat): yah. A strange beast, with some bitter oranges, Worcester sauce, reduced caramel and green peppercorns. This is extremely extreme, not for the fainthearted and maybe not for overly sophisticated palates. Good news, we’re not one of them. With water: really, it’s rather Pirelli 25 yo. Finish: long and probably a little tyre-ing (yeah, well done S., like, how much do we owe you?) Comments: I think you really need to be into these sorts of heavily rubbery drams. But if you do, this is paradise on earth. SGP:373 - 76 points.

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. Cobo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This Malt needs a good portion of air and nearly 20 mins. to open up. It then changes completely (in a good way) and is worth every Cent.

  9. moviemaniac scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very controversial bottling, so it seems, with marks all over the
    place. But then, big, beefy, woody, sherried drams are not for everyone.

    My full take on it:

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    When I see the various ratings and ratings on the internet about this whisky, I think it must be part of "love it or hate it". Perso, it's hate it. I find it unbalanced, aggressive, uncomfortable. Pushing, even.
    • Nose
      Very sulfur in the first nose. Even I, who appreciate the sulfur to a certain extent, am inconvenienced. This sulfur side calms down a little bit later.
      Behind that, yellow plum, honey, burnt caramel, raisin.
      Alcohol is too present if you smell a little too much, unbalanced.
    • Taste
      Big astringency. Aggressive mouth, acid. Behind this acidity I detect sweet fruits in syrup trying to gain the upper hand, without achieving it. They are overshadowed by this acidity and aggressiveness.
      Alcohol grows in the mouth, to become too dominant.
    • Finish
      Astringent bitterness, dry peel of yellow fruits. Very light smoke of crame that goes out quickly. Unpleasant retro-olfaction on rotten yellow fruit.


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