Mortlach 1998 SV

Overall rating
88.52/100
votes
85
Whiskybase ID
WB84220
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
12.05.1998
Bottled
16.05.2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Hogsheads + Sherry Butt Finish
Casknumber
5
Number of bottles
681
Strength
55.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
28 jun 2016 3:08 pm by Callo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 258.03

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103 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Mortlach 1998 SV

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.52 points.

  1. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I had it in the glass at a time when I was working my way to Mortlach. That was a level of respect from the start. Mortlach is Mortlach was the immediate conclusion.
    • Nose
      Whoever has it by the nose immediately tries to combine this dram with healing. It smells as healthy as a herbal oil from a pharmacy. Really a new experience. Whisky in a new dimension. Class barrel choice. But certainly also a matter of taste.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it goes on with pharmacy and church!
      No sherry bomb but nobly fruity to earthy woody everything is included! Wow effect. You have to like the sharp, rather woody but everything on a very good level!
    • Finish
      Rather long but getting drier. Almost umami but always staying on the sweet side, it even flatters in the finish. The finest whisky craft. Good selection with a lot of sensitivity. Thank you !

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  3. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  4. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very earthy with plenty of soil, dirt and grass. Some herbal and mint notes, a touch of toothpaste. Hints of sherry soaked oak with a berry fruitiness creeping in.
    • Taste
      Truly a beast, big and spicy with lots of pepper and nutmeg. Cherry syrup, sweet with a sour touch.
    • Finish
      Medium to short, still on the powerful side with plenty of oak.

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted and scored blind. Quite a thing, almost worth it's rather high original price.
    • Nose
      Faintly grassy and smoky, but mostly dominated by pine resin, echoes of a good cognac, and wood that's been burned, then extinguished. Some salmiak as well.
    • Taste
      Some incense, and a lot of fresh dark sherry notes. Fruity, wine-y even. There is some sharpness here that makes it feel younger than it is. Very nice, although obviously a very cask-driven whisky, because it's no vulgar sherry bomb.
    • Finish
      Dark fruits. Ripe, juicy stuff rather than raisins or dates.

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Patrick93 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  13. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Mortlach is often referred to as the Beast of Dufftown. Well, feel free to name this one the Monster of Dufftown. Grand Mortlach. And only 150 EUR? Still available? Get it now! 
    • Nose
      Delicious nose on lots of earthy notes. But also a truckload of eucalyptus. Cherry tea that is overdone. Roasted almonds. Candied orange peel. Pine cones. Furniture polish. New leather. Pencil shavings. What a beautiful Mortlach on the nose. Very layered, if you know what I mean.
    • Taste
      The arrival is powerful and spicy. Loads of peppers, cinnamon and nutmeg. Boy, this one certainly does not know the meaning of subtle. Cherry syrup, black tea, tobacco leaves, roast beef and grison meat. Some Seville oranges in the background. But the power… this is a beast. No, a monster!
    • Finish
      The finish is very, very long, mildly drying and remains sweet and spicy until death did us part.

  14. kot1803 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Mortlach honors its nickname here. This is a beast of a whisky. Not very subtle, but very delicious indeed.
    • Nose
      It's not often I've come across such distinct notes of eucalyptus. And pine needles as well. It's pretty earthy with a lovely dunnage warehouse quality. Don't worry, there's lots of sherry influence as well. Some nice furniture polish with lots of fruitiness. Blackcurrants, cherries.
    • Taste
      Quite the attack on the taste buds, but in a good way. Lots of pepper, cinnamon, cloves and black tea. Also cherry syrup and dried figs. A tad dry.
    • Finish
      A bit drying, some nice meatiness. Ends on red fruit notes. Long!

  16. theroachman did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com wrote on 2016-08-17:

    Mortlach 18 yo 1998/2016 (55.8%, Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange, sherry finished hogshead, cask #5, 681 bottles) TWE’s latest bottlings have all been excellent, kudos. Now, no one never fails (sardonic laughter…) Colour: amber. Nose: has there ever been a Flora and Fauna at cask strength? I don’t seem to remember any, but this is how they would have ‘nosed’, I imagine. Good sulphur, good roasted nuts, good polished wood (and new upholstery), quite a lot of menthol and eucalyptus, and then some kind of earthy fruitiness. Fallen cherries on the ground (under the cherry tree, obviously). With water: more polished oak. Visiting a carpenter (who’s drinking oloroso). Big pencil shavings. Mouth (neat): feels a little ‘doped’, perhaps, with quite a lot of sweet and spicy wood extracts (black toffee, tobacco, black tea) but this huge arrival just works. Goes on with more beefy notes, beef jerky, marrow, Grisons meat… This is very Mortlach, to say the least! With water: bitter oranges and more pencil shavings. Finish: as long as a Fidel speech, with some tobacco (cigars, obviously) and bitter chocolate. Comments: huge whisky, perhaps a little tiring, but a perfect example of the make, as they used to say in 1980’s marketing brochures. As subtle as a sledgehammer at times, but quite great imho. SGP:562 - 85 points.

  17. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the Highlander Inn in Craigellachie (July 18th 2016).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. zormik scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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