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Mortlach 1994 CA

Overall rating
88.63/100
votes
165
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1994
Bottled
01.2015
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
768
Strength
53.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
15/12
Added on
19 Jan 2015 6:26 pm by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 146.73

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241 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
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Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
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Finish
22
Balance
22

Tastingtags

25 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
25 Aug 2017 9:41 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 88 points

[August, 2017]  I had a beautiful 30-year old Mortlach at a Cadenhead warehouse tasting during my last visit to Campbeltown in May this year.  I scored it 90 points and I wonder if this younger one can keep this high profile. 

The colour is pale straw and the texture shows some early slow legs and late fat tears.  The nose is quite punchy first but after the olfactory cells adopted to this it offers a fine and subtle grassy-floral profile imbedded in barley sugars and wooden aromas.  All perfectly balanced and really adorable, I like that!  Some shy fruits hide in the background and show up sheepish after taking enough breathes of fresh air.  The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating with some slight dry moments (metallic).  The taste is sugary sweet and fruity (obviously the fruits are braver on the tongue) within a sound wooden structure.  The finish is long and again sugary sweet with no distracting moments but no additional impressions either.  Water does not release any additional aromas both in the nose and on the palate so I like this dram best when neat.

All in all a nice Mortlach but by no way on eye-level with that lovely 30-year old from the warehouse tasting.  Nevertheless worth a try...

Weighted Rate
88.3
Nose
90
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
aphex
Expert Senior aphex Note
05 Aug 2017 7:06 pm
aphex gave this whisky 90 points

Nose : Grass, underwood and varnish at first. With aeration, floral notes, menthol, whiffs of yellow fruits and citrus.

Mouth : Strong and tasty. Various citrus, honey, pine and herbal notes.

Finish : Long, earthy, herbal.


Not easy but great nose and tasty mouth. That's a win.

Daan Tje
Connoisseur Daan Tje Review note
28 May 2017 12:54 am
Daan Tje gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
87
My Collection
ahroeen
Expert Junior ahroeen Review note
29 Jan 2017 10:03 pm
ahroeen gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
92
Price
89
Presentation
90
Alcohol can be a good friend, but a bad master. - Christopher Hitchens
Ruud6421
Specialist Ruud6421 Tasting note
29 Nov 2016 9:51 pm
Ruud6421 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Quite alcoholic and sharp at first. Apparently this one needs some time. Later on citrus notes arrive. Plenty of vanilla, and sweetness I think is like apricot jam. Some dust and malty tones as well. After 15-30 minutes a typical Mortlach meatiness appears. Complex nose, edgy, not very well balanced, but characterful.

Taste

Big mouth. Lots of taste, lots of flavours. Again lots of citrus. This combined with malt, dirt and meat. Vanilla and fruitiness are somewhat driven to the background.

Finish

Long with lots of citrus and meat. Quite fresh actually.

Comments

A dram with two faces. A real freshness comes from the citrus and the vanilla, which makes me think of a summer’s dram or an aperitif. On the other hand it is a big dram, with lots of bold flavours, which warms you. With that part I think of a dram you take by the fireplace on a cold night. I like the whisky, but it’s not an easy one to drink.

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Sb17sw
Expert Senior Sb17sw Review note
04 Nov 2016 12:32 am
Sb17sw gave this whisky 84 points

Nose: Left it to breathe for a good 30 mins and here is what I got. Well rounded with smell of pine needles, clementines and hints of vanilla. Cask strength yes, but not the sharp spirit smell I anticipated from other reviews.
Taste: Sharp, bitter citrus, malt and vanilla
Finish: Long, dry, bitter and oaky

Weighted Rate
84.4
Nose
86
Initial taste
87
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
85
Presentation
85
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JacobaEd
Connoisseur JacobaEd Review note
22 Jun 2016 10:45 pm
JacobaEd gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
86
Initial taste
90
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
89
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Erik Elixer
Connoisseur Erik Elixer Tasting note
12 Jun 2016 9:57 am
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Citrus - lemon, some wax, fruity and gooseberries.

Taste

Full and fresh with apple, waxy, later bitter fruits and a bit spirituous - advocaat. 

Finish

Medium drying with herbs, malty and some citrus.

Comments

Compared with Mortlach 1995 IM #90271, Mortlach 1994 Mos #16004 and Mortlach 1990 sc. Overall not what I expected of this Cadenhead Small Batch.

ColdAesthetics
Connoisseur ColdAesthetics Tasting note
27 Apr 2016 2:21 pm
ColdAesthetics gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Aprikose, Zitronenkuchen, Alkohol, recht neutral

Taste

Blumen, Apfelschale, Eukalyptus, Kumquats, Vanille, Honig, Mango, Kiwi, Eiche und Alkoholwärme

Finish

Weiter Vanille, Honig, Wärme

Comments

Der Geschmack übertrifft die Nase deutlich, sehr sommerlich!

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