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Mortlach Special Strength

Overall rating
83.03/100
votes
95
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Strength
49.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Bottle code
L 4305DM000 09137879
Barcode
5000281035994
Bottled for
Travel Retail Exclusive
Added on
21 Feb 2015 3:17 pm by holborndrinker
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 92,81

9 × in wishlist

95 × member ratings

228 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach Special Strength

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.03 points

  1. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fine, but thin and expensive whisky.
    • Nose
      Caramel, gerbeaud, red apple, orange peel, citruses and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Spicy. White pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Butter caramel, orange peel and mixed fruit compote.
    • Finish
      Medium length, spicy, oaky, fruity.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/an-epic-day-drummuir-castle/

    C: This has the same composition as the 'Rare Old' i.e. made up of refill & first-fill US & European casks. My thoughts on the Rare Old are thus: It is without age statement & neither rare nor old, and yet its relatively pricey - por qui? But I can't grumble much right now, i just had a Glen Albyn & a Brora 30yo compliments of Diageo, and I'm just about to tuck into some epic food in their castle. Furthermore, this NAS whisky is a higher strength version exclusive to duty free and today was served with a brick of ice and paired with mushroom pate amongst other things. The pate was tasty though the consistency was a tad loose. The whisky certainly held its own but simply couldn't compete with what had gone before. With ice [a Rare Old highball], it was truly gluggable & refreshing. Given we were all ravenous and tipsy by now, the opulent food & whisky pairing quick descended into getting as much in as fast as we could.

    Scores a C+

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Ok now this is a step up from the Rare Old. The slightly higher abbreviation of 49% makes it more balanced and assertive. For me this is better focused and certainly more pleasant to drink. I still think it is ridiculously priced for a 500ML bottle and the quality you get for that. You are much better of with independent bottlers in both price and taste.
    All in all a step up from the Rare Old but nothing special.
    • Nose
      A rich, intense, full and balanced whisky wit aromas of oak, rosewood, cinnamon, hint of tobacco, red apple, pear, pineapple, caramel, toffee, stale tones, floral tones, toasted oak, malt, grape seeds, grilled ham, orange zest, grapefruit, milk chocolate, hint of coffee, subtle dried fruits and a hint of roasted nuts.
    • Taste
      A full, rich, sweet and balanced whisky with aromas of pepper, tannins, oak, hedge leafs, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, forest honey, dried fruits, butter, caramel, mocha, custard, bitter orange marmalade, grain, nuts, shortbread, a subtle hint of diesel, boiled sweets and more oak
    • Finish
      A medium long and drying finish with aromas of pepper, tannins, oak, honey, grapefruit, grape seeds, hint of licorice root, subtle cocoa and creamy oak.

  6. Cast Olila scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Mortlach 'Special Strength' (49%, OB, 50cl, 2014) Same composition as the Rare Old, only with some extra 49-43.4=5.6%. Travel retail only. Colour: full gold. Nose: I have to say this one noses bigger than just 49% vol., it’s even a little aggressive, but it’s also a little straighter than the Rare Old, kind of better focussed. It also seems that the meatiness is a little more vivid, and that there’s more soot and metal. I seem to find a little mint as well, and even more roasted nuts.  

    Mouth: its amazing what 5.6% vol. can do. Much more presence, more dried fruits, more zests, more tobacco and, indeed, more ham. And more oranges. The oak’s very discernable again, but it’s rather around pepper this time, with less drying cinnamon. Finish: long, on cocoa and pepper, then bitter oranges. With water now, just to check if we’re going back to the Rare Old: no, it’s still more to my liking, fatter for sure. Maybe I’m better at reducing whisky than the Scots! (of course I’m just kidding). Comments: it’s more or less the Flora & Fauna when reduced, while the Rare Old was not. How interesting… SGP:451 - 84 points.

  9. megabreit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Tasty but the alcohol is on the whole too superficial At a Nachverkostung the alcohol then no longer so superficially felt. Seems to be dependent on the daily form. After the Nachverkostung he gets quite a few more punctures.
    • Nose
      Oily, apple pancake with cinnamon, mint, slight smoke
    • Taste
      Alcohol clearly noticeable, apple, unripe nectarine, cinnamon and honey, slight tobacco note
    • Finish
      medium long, pleasantly dry herbal note behind the fruit

  10. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/mortlach-rare-old-special-strength

    This is one of four new Mortlach distillery bottlings to be released in July of 2014, and these tasting notes are based on early production runs. They will be updated when the bottlings are released if there are significant differences.

    Rare Old Special Strength is the same as Mortlach Rare Old, except that it’s bottled at 49% ABV instead of 43%. The differences are noticeable, though. The nose is smooth and juicy with the traditional Mortlach beefiness, along with soft cinnamon, honey, dried apricots, and hints of coconut, vanilla, peaches, and apples. The taste is thick, oily, and intensely spicy with cinnamon, red apples, vanilla, coconut, and peach notes in addition to the usual Mortlach brothiness. The finish is long, spicy, and rich with fading cinnamon, coconut, and baked peaches and apples. Add a few drops of water to increase the complexity, and a few more to bring out floral and spearmint notes. Outstanding!

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