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Mortlach 1988 CA

Overall rating
89.12/100
votes
61
Whiskybase ID
WB72880
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1988
Bottled
29.10.2015
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Butt
Number of bottles
570
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 oct 2015 7:25 pm by DDiep
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 184.27

27 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

94 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1988 CA

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.12 points

  1. theograph scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This malt is a force! If you like it dirty, fleshy and a bit fierce, you'll love this malt!
    • Nose
      Complex sherry aromas, frankincense and essential oils, fir forest, the fruitiness comes out hesitantly, dried fruits, marzipan, fleshy and dirty;
    • Taste
      A force! Meaty and dirty full - but how; red fruits, frankincense, tobacco and also cigar smoke, leather and polish;
    • Finish
      Powerful, meaty and many old sherry flavors paired with leather, polish and old wood;

  2. DimiIkon scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Heather, floral, citrus. Delightful sherry tones.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Cereal, raisins, fruitcake. Saltyness that evolves into dark chocolate with mild tones of salt. Then espresso. A well balanced body.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A lasting and kind heat with tones of raisins, wood and sweetness. Medium to long.

  3. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Develops very well over time and becomes more and more complex.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Mortlach 26 yo 1988/2015 (56.1%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, butt)  Colour: gold. Nose: there, this is a more traditional Mortlach (in a way), starting leathery, full of walnuts, and a tad sulphury (used matches, gunpowder). It’s quite ashy as well, and really very meaty. Smoked beef stands out. I also find some herbalness, around fruit stems, as well as a little cough medicine. A big old-school Mortlach! With water: more beef, cold cuts, parsley, even shallot… Plus pipe tobacco and, indeed, leather. Totally ‘Mortlach’. Mouth (neat): indeed, a super-beefy one. Can you season some beef stock with Grand-Marnier? And leather powder? I’d say this is not for everyone, but experienced malt enthusiasts may find a kind of… authenticity to this. With water: more bouillon, plus chestnut honey. If you never tried chestnut honey, please do, it’s hidden in many malt whiskies, you’ll see. Finish: long, a tad sweeter and jammier, but there’s some ginger and there’s some leather. And walnut wine. Comments: it’s obviously very cool to find a Mortlach that doesn’t taste like Glenfiddich or Cardhu (yeah or Rosebank). But once again, a word of caution, this is maybe not for the casual whisky lover. Me, I quite love. SGP:562 - 88 points.

  5. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. whiskykiste scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    old sherry cask.. maybe from the early 70s or even 60s? bold, meaty, deep.. old sherry monster. not that thin and overlayed sherry idea of modern casks. Best Whisky ever .. jet :)

  7. ChrisE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Mortlach. Meaty, almonds, leathery, sherry, dried fruits. Give it some time to aerate (1 hour) and it changes, tropical fruits, candy, green apples. Wonderful.
    Instantly coating the palate, dry sherry notes, pepper, sweetness, some coffee.
    Long lasting smooth, but somewhat dry finish. No bitter tones.
    Beautiful dram!

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. mandragoru scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  14. el Gato scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  15. el Gato scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Heavy! Almost meaty, just a tad smoked. Jammy. Peppery. Earthly and nutty. Grass. And then fudge. 
    • Taste
      Oranges. Pepper. Meaty, yes! Caramel. Jammy. Liquerice
    • Finish
      Long- Pepper and liquerice remains. But there is a sulphuryness here now. More dry to. 

  16. gango4 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The long maturation time and the high cask strength provide a force.
    • Nose
      At the first moment, the alcohol stirs up. After some time in the glass sweet but not fruity. Rather difficult. Possibly. Honeycombs. With some water sweeter and lighter, rounder.
    • Taste
      Undiluted, it burns badly. The oak pushes neatly and brings woody aromas. These displace the sweetness quickly. With a little water then a light citrus freshness comes through, green fresh oak trims the mature oak.
    • Finish
      Will be drier soon. Beautiful, long finish without disturbing bittertones. Diluted with water, the finish remains long and fills the mouth with fresh oak.

  17. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  18. moviemaniac scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A meaty, beefy, in-your-face Mortlach, undeniably sherry cask matured. Not quite as rich as last year's, but still a very good example of a european-oak-matured, aged Mortlach.

    Full tasting notes: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2015/12/01/24-drams-till-christmas-tasting-1-mortlach-1988-26-yo-by-cadenheads/

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