- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- 49.0 % Vol.
- 500 ml
- Bottle code
- L 4305DM000 09137879
- Bottled for
- Travel Retail Exclusive
- Added on
- 21 Feb 2015 3:17 pm by holborndrinker
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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach Special Strength
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.03 points
- Fine, but thin and expensive whisky.
Caramel, gerbeaud, red apple, orange peel, citruses and spicy oak.
Spicy. White pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Butter caramel, orange peel and mixed fruit compote.
Medium length, spicy, oaky, fruity.
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+
- 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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Oily, apple pancake with cinnamon, mint, slight smoke
Alcohol clearly noticeable, apple, unripe nectarine, cinnamon and honey, slight tobacco note
medium long, pleasantly dry herbal note behind the fruit
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!