Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
19 years old
Number of bottles
59.3 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Added on
06 May 2009 2:27 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 295.24

9 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1980 AD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A Christmas whisky, very full flavoured, very good balance.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow: 'gevulde (filled) speculaas' (Dutch pastry spiced with a mixture of cinnamon/nutmeg/clove and several other spices, filled with almond paste), allspice/pimenta, marzipan, very nutty, roasted nuts, walnuts, almonds, pecan nuts, a leather note, toffee, caramel, a syrupy sweetness, dried fruits, stewed apple and pear, fruitcake, whipped cream and a subtle touch of aniseed.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Buttery, creamy and oily, a touch of leather, walnuts and almonds, the filled speculaas, dried fruits (apple and some plum), stewed pears.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and fantastic, again loads of almonds and the filled speculaas, a lingering fudge like creaminess.

  2. nad-castle scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Blind sample.
    In brief: the nose is the only bright spot of this bottling. Undrinkable without water!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wood spices, leather, slight hints of a musty smell (is it the wood?), but not unpleasant.
      Traces of darker, also ripe exotic fruits (papaya), reminds me a little bit of sherbet straws.
    • Taste
      80 80
      This is the bad part: Quite aggressive on the palate, a tannic grip and stinging alcohol, annihilating almost everything. What remains is something that most closely resembles some kind of pez candy mixed with crushed Aspirin. It even moves in a more mineral, if not chalky direction.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Depends on the amount of water added. When neat, the alcohol burns its way along the gullet. The amount of dilution that would be necessary lets it fade out too fast. I could not find a compromise here...

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Slightly aggressive on the palate, but the nose is absolutely world-class. A great dram that I'm glad to have tasted, as this was bottled almost 20 years ago.
    • Nose
      Inviting and mature without very obvious oak or tannins. The balance is superb. Can't imagine this is almost 60 percent, but it really says so on the label. There's a soft floral hint and notes of pickled ginger, but also darker aromas. Polished leather, earthy dunnage notes, cherry syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Even a touch of soy.
    • Taste
      Ah yes, now it shows its strength. The alcohol was hiding, I guess. Less obviously sherried than the nose, although still quite so. Ginger and chili pepper, with a whiff of leather, nutmeg and roasted peanut skins. Water brings out slightly fruitier and sweeter notes, with a hint of stewed apple and cherries.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices. Medium in length.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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


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