Mortlach 25-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill American Oak Casks
43.4 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
02 Nov 2014 3:22 pm by z-imaging

Average value

€ 678,99

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94 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 25-year-old

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.01 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Um. Yes. Well. Kind. Drinkable. But neither the elegance and maturity (or optional oak weight) that I expect from 25 years, nor the snotty kick I expect from Mortlach, and certainly not what I expect for 500 holes for half a liter. Mission failed.
    • Nose
      very dry, velvety, elegant, a pinch of white pepper, fennel, cinnamon, cigar box (or cedar wood), honeycombs, behind it a hint of tropical fruits, such as empty Haribo Goldbär bag
      (not very "mortlachig")
    • Taste
      a lot of white pepper, cinnamon, orange and milk chocolate, caramel, honey ... quite nice, but not nearly as elegant and fascinating as the nose promises ... and also not very mortal
    • Finish
      medium long, sweet milk chocolate with white pepper

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Kruger Brut

    The Mortlach 25 Year Old is, to paraphrase ambassador Georgie Bell, like a Kruger Brut champagne. Not for everyone’s pocketbook, but also not for every day. This is something to enjoy at special occasions. Well, writing a tasting note seems special enough. It matured completely on refill hogsheads from the States.

    The nose is absolutely stunning. Very aromatic and succulently fruity. Beeswax, oranges, melon, apricots with a hint of passion fruit. Quite some potpourri. The whole is drenched in juicy honey. Sandal and cedar wood. No trace of the typically meaty aromas. A whiff of mint. Or is that eucalyptus? Almonds? Boy, this truly is a grand nose.

    It is very oily, almost fatty, on the palate. The fruit and almonds return immediately, followed by a whole plethora of spices, most of it peppers. Midpalate it becomes fruitier still with plums and peach. Hint of coughing syrup and aniseed. Very rich and mouthcoating. This is tasty.

    In the long finish, which starts off quite sweet, the spices have the final say.

    What a beautiful monster indeed. The Kruger Brut of Mortlach. The question, however, is how many people will be willing to fork over 768 EUR for a 50cl bottle. That means, were it a regular 70cl bottle, you’d have to pay over 1.000 EUR. Holy crap!

  3. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: a rich, very consistent whisky, with a bright temperament. Excellent result!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Aroma: multifaceted, complex. At first shades of needles, bitumen heated in the sun, prunes and fresh pastries appear. They are followed by the nuances of old leather, a barnyard, dried cigar leaves and hazelnuts.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In taste: dominated by dried fruit, almonds, chocolate, delicate tannins and sweet citrus.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Aftertaste: long, soft, measured, decorated with juicy nuances of dried fruit, fresh pastries, berry sourness, cream shade, almonds, all sorts of spices, with the delicate influence of oak and a cigar flavor.

  4. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    The nose does not offer enough to justify the whole package but the delivery at this strength is great enough to partially look past this weakness. Could I see myself buying a whole bottle? No, there are far cheaper whiskies that can deliver similar scores to this for me. However, to experience that taste I am grateful to the sample that I was given.
    • Nose
      79 79
      some refill sherry but quite restrained, some wood spice, citrus notes
    • Taste
      90 90
      delicate with sweet fruit notes verging into caramel; it is very hard to put my finger on why this is so delicious (albeit a little thin for my tastes)
    • Finish
      84 84
      short->medium; it goes to quick, there is a lovely woody tang with some cloves

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    Paired with broccoli & salmon quiche/everything! This is proper-old, stupidly pricey [currently £575 for 50cl] Mortlach, and is made up from refill US oak.

    N: Despite all the things, its so grand & convivial and effortlessly stands out from the crowd[ed smorgasbord]. On further inspection i get soapy hairspray, but given im eating dozens of things, all at once,… its a fine malt.
    T: Aah, taste that old sherry. Theres a delicacy to this, yet its not soft. Darker tannins develop later on.
    F: ,... despite the amazing circus going on around me, everything here appears to be in order.
    C: A luxurious malt that came through [nearly] all the obstacles - i found it best paired with the mushroom pate but not at all with smoked crab. I hear Speyburn works with fish.Scores an A-

  6. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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  7. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This was a strange, but pleasant whisky. This is a good example of how a whisky is made different, but not necessarily better, by age. I preferred the 18 year old, which still retained some of the new make spirit character. But, I'm glad I had a chance to try this well aged smoky meaty sherried whisky. 
    • Nose
      Smoked meat (prosciutto), smoked oak, pipe tobacco, salted smoked fruit 
    • Taste
      Autumn leaves, leaf smoke, smoked savory meats, smoked dry honey, dry fruits, and floral spiced chocolate
    • Finish
      Soft fade out of baking spices and spice cake.

  8. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is the best balanced one from the whole series. It’s quite light for it’s age so the casks seem not to be the most active ones. And that is probably for the best in this one. And again they are asking ridiculous prices for this bottle of merely 500ml. I doubt that manny people will pay the huge price for a whisky that is nice but not extremely good. It’s a nice sipper but nothing outstanding and again you are much better of buying an independent expression of Mortlach
    All in all nice but not worth the hefty (understatement) price tag.
    • Nose
      A well balanced, subtle and sweet whisky with aromas of boiled sweets, coumarin, vanilla, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, floral tones, red apple, damp cellar, beeswax, fennel seeds, cardboard, caramel, butter, dried flowers, soppy tones, hay, dried bayleaf, cinnamon, allspice, subtle apricots, oranges, cedar wood, cereals, hint of roasted nuts and creamy oak.
    • Taste
      A sweet, subtle and well balanced whisky with aromas of honey, icing sugar, candied ginger, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, white pepper, plums, hint of cherries, subtle tannins, subtle dried fruits, red apple, caramelized pineapple, mango, bayleaf, subtle licorice root, hint of eucalyptus, marzipan, oranges and creamy oak.
    • Finish
      A medium to long and slightly drying finish with aromas of honey, icing sugar, candied ginger subtle tannins, backing spices and subtle oak.

  9. Cast Olila scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Whizzkeykid scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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


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