- Single Malt
- Cadenhead (CA)
- Bottling serie
- Wood Range - Sherry Cask
- Stated Age
- 27 years old
- Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 52.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 01 Feb 2017 4:21 pm
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95 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1988 CA
21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.74 points
- I feel sorry for those who cannot understand the chewable meatiness of Mortlach. I guess this whisky is just too bold for the naives.
- This whisky is well worthy of 91 in my book.
Gave it 99 just to balance the moron who gave it 59.
- [May, 2017] I just had a long chat (face-to-face} with one of the most experienced marketing guys in the Scotch whisky industry and asked him why there are so many sulphur-spoiled releases out there (like this one). He laughed and answered: "You are German, right? Whenever someone in the industry detects a sulphured cask he or she says 'Oh, this is rubbish! Let's do a special Germany only release...' I don't know why you Germans like this stuff but it is the only market that cries for more of it."
I had to confess that this is most probably very true according to my own experience. Even after two lost world wars a lot of Germans obviously like the smell of gunpowder and struck matches... To be honest, I do not as the problem is not just that these aromas are rather nasty to my olfactory cells but these extremely strong flavours block my tastebuds for hours if not days too. I cannot smell nor taste anything else but sulphur.
But I think there is another issue and most Germans (and probably many others too) associate just the smell of rotten eggs to sulphur (what is actually hydrogen sulfide only). But sulphured flavours are gunpowder, matches, fireworks (see coal-gas tasting tag) as well as rubbery, vegitative and sandy aromas too. All usually annoying to most people...
Of course, some may like it and if they do so this is absolutely fine as tastes are different (please buy and drink all such bottles before one manages to find me and have fun with it)! All others should beware of sherry cask releases designated to the German market only...
- No "dirty" markers in this Mortlach, just a little varnish, oily, and austerity (which is not so bad). A fairly classic Sherry profile, even if the scalability during dram is to be emphasized. A nice and well done whisky (especially from the second sip), rather on the woody / sweet than on the Christmas spices.
First a typical Sherry whisky nose: polished wood, nuts, dark chocolate, candied black fruits, a dash of orange. Gourmand. An austerity of treated noble wood is gradually being installed.
Alcoholic attack a little aggressive at first contact, it will take the second sip to get used. A melted mix of black and red fruits, dried and candied; almost burnt caramel, orange zest, and varnished wood. The sweetness increases over the dram.
Short. The wood dries the mouth; it is accompanied by oily paraffin. Caramel vanilla and very sweet popped up in the throat.
- A fantastic whisky that offers stunning sherry notes without the barrel covering the character of the distillery.
The whisky smells the way it looks: plenty of spice meets oak, resin, maraschino cherry and the typical Mortlach notes of marinated steaks and a bit of sulfur.
Sherry cask notes, such as overripe cherries, rum grapes, BBQ rub and sherry sweetness, determine the taste. Add to that some spiciness of a mild chili.
The long finish is characterized by coffee, salted caramel, roasted aromas and dark chocolate.
- [April, 2017] To do justice on this Mortlach I asked the Cadenhead people for another sample and took it by myself this time. And I double-checked the bottle - it was exactly this release. So I am curious...
The colour is deep copper (never ever tawny as someone else stated below) with a few slow legs and late tears. And the nose is...sorry folks - IT IS SULPHURED!!! Not just a little bit, this is significant (to me). If you do not own the "sulphur gene" this might be not as extreme but still everyone should smell it at this strength...
As tastes are different I know there are people out there that like this smell of hell but please tolerate that others hate it (as it blocks my tastebuds for hours and I smell and taste nothing else than sulphur which is annoying).
I am sorry, but this is not drinkable for me. Whoever likes it - have fun, I am not jealous...
- Full Cadenhead's official tasting notes:
HERE WE HAVE A RATHER STUNNING MORTLACH THAT'S GOING TO DELIVER ON TASTE AND QUALITY FOR THE MALT WHISKY FAN WHO'S LOOKING FOR AN OLD STYLE HONEST WHISKY.
I am going to stick my neck out here and say this is one of the best I have ever had from this distillery! (Yes really but i am a huge sherry fan when they taste like this)
Nose: The nose start off as all classic sherry casks should with a rich fruity aromas, Raisins, dark chocolate, red grapes, slight grassy notes and brambles. With a drop of water the chocolate note seems to come forward a little more.
Palate: The palate is well rounded with a richness and complexity that seems to draw you in with whipped cream, then it's more dark fruits with black currents being just one of the amazing flavours, very creamy and refreshing.
Finish: The finish is quite complex with a rich fruity note that opens to a oily finish with smooth cream notes, almonds, chocolate, raisins and cinnamon round this dram off perfectly.
- Serge's take: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejune17-1-Chichibu-Ardbeg-Genturret.html#010617
"Sulphury whisky in a sulphury cask, dunno what to think."
SGP:273 - 75 points