Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
20 years old
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
19 Jan 2015 6:35 pm by ARDBERG
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 250.00

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225 × member ratings

284 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1994 CA

40 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.56 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [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. 

    All in all a nice Mortlach but by no way on eye-level with that lovely 30-years old from the warehouse tasting.  Nevertheless worth a try...
    • Nose
      90 90
      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.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sugary sweet and fruity (obviously the fruits are braver on the tongue) within a sound wooden structure. Water does not release any additional aromas both in the nose and on the palate so I like this dram best when neat.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating with some minor drying moments (metallic). The finish is long and again sugary sweet with no distracting moments but no additional impressions either.

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A surprising bourbon Mortlach. Not an easy profile but I like this style.
    • Nose
      Whiffs of polish. Vegetal and floral notes, underwood (wet soil, mushrooms), mentholated notes. Whiffs of yellow fruits and citrus.
    • Taste
      Various citrus (lemons, bitter oranges, grapefruits), spices from the oak, herbal notes, honey, a pinch of salt. A strange sensation on the palate. Like tamed popping candies. Mouthwatering.
    • Finish
      Long, citrus sourness, spices.

  5. el Gato scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Extremely fresh. Pears. Grapes. Apricot jam. Grass. Moss. Caramel. Maple cyrup. Pine
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mouthwatering. Minerals. Slightly salty. Herbs. Much lemons. Pepper. A bit farmy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Spices and citrus remain. Some Wood spices. A bit farmy still.

  6. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Definitely straw, grassy floral, honey notes easing into pineapple, mango and tropical fruits during the body and lingering in the finish. I enjoy letting this whisky exude from my tongue as I push it against the roof of my mouth. It has a nice finish with mild cinnamon-pepper notes.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Ruud6421 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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
      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
    • Finish
      with lots of citrus and meat. Quite fresh actually.

  8. Pépé scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    A sacred profile this whisky. A big confrontation between alcohol, Mortlach profile and bourbon cask, really, everyone with strong arguments.

    89 in the first pass, almost give him the same today and no more because of the presence of too much alcohol, but this mouth anyway! 90.
    • Nose
      Above all, it's a high-voltage whisky, clearly not in the lace. The profile is really turned on something varnished, waxed. A hyper-concentrated floral, menthol and other essential oils. With water come citrus peels.

      But above all, everything is really tense by the fact of this very powerful alcohol.
    • Taste
      Powerful yet certainly, but otherwise more talkative and pretty. A long development with the attack of candied citrus fruits, kumquats, bitter oranges, then we come back down on very nice notes of refined honey which soften a bit the bite of alcohol.

      The concentrated floral, the tree resin resurfaces on swallowing and after to bring us to a nice finish.
    • Finish
      Hold on a long time, it's nice.

  9. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Just a little bit more complexity would've sent this into the nineties in my book.
    • Nose
      Very vegetal, with pinewood and cactus sap. Some eucalyptus, as well as some brine and wood polish. A hint of cotton candy at the end, giving it some sweetness, which greatly profits the balance.
    • Taste
      Citrus and wood shavings with coconut and black pepper. It is slightly bitter and pretty aggressive, especially the arrival. But funnily enough it is highly drinkable.
    • Finish
      It is warming, long and much friendlier now.

  10. Sjaunja scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    A fantastic dram! 88 points in my score is more than very good. Highly recommended!

    Original sales price was 79.-€


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