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Overall rating
89.66/100
votes
33
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
1987
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Strength
48.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
17/105
Added on
12 Apr 2017 3:24 pm by lrb85
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 189,10

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1987 CA

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.66 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  I had a tasting sip at Limburg whisky fair (to small to do a full review) and scored it as a preliminary impression with 89 points.  An easy-to-drink dram with a quite complex profile both in the nose and on the palate.

    [October, 2019] I just stumbled upon this first-impression-rating and decided to do a serious review now...

    ...and I remember a 30-years old Mortlach that was served during a Cadenhead warehouse tasting a couple of years ago which had a comparable profile. It was the winner of that tasting session because it was complex, balanced, flawless and very, very quaffable - exactly like this dram. What else to say? Slainte!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and out of a big spheric blender's glass the nose offers an impressive old-style Highland profile with loads of different ripe fruits, honeys, waxes, sour dough bread, herbs and some interesting buttery notes. This is quite complex and balanced without any off-note. By the way, out of a standard Glencairn glass this nose is much less impressive, I would rate it at 89 points only. After some breathing earthy and dunnage warehouse impressions pop up which further increase the complexity of this fine nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely layered on fruits and honeys first before waxy and mineral notes balance the sweetness. Then the spices and some nuts kick in but the sweet side is strengthened by fine molten barley sugars. A quick impression of menthol pops up in a later layer which is a nice surprise. No flaw or imbalance that I can find.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating without distracting moments, hence very fine. The finish is long and adds more vanilla-toffee notes that are tasty. No bitter or drying moments at all, this dram was bottled at the right time. Water pushes the earthy-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter (fruits, honeys) with an impression of white chocolate - but to be honest: I like the neat dram best.

  2. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Well ... fantastic stuff ..
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant version of Mortlach that needs time to get through which is appropriate for a 30 year old whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Oranges, camphor, the lightest hint of struck match, candied peanuts, caramel, a hint of light florals as well, a hint of white chocolate
    • Taste
      90 90
      White chocolate, citrus zest, some mint appears
    • Finish
      90 90
      Light pepper, nice whiff of smoke, lightly bitter malt, lemon zest, more chocolate

  7. Palindrome scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose gives a nice balance of fruit and wood. It's not over oaked. I can smell lemon and grapefruit. Some nice berries, as well. Marzipan, maple syrup. Taste wise, the wood comes through perfectly and not overpowering. Lots of things happening like a banquet. More berries and citrus. A bit of savory. Surf and turf. Lobster along with a side of pork ribs. Also some saffron and chamomile. The finish has almond oil and great oak. Babka, Polish donuts (bakery goods).  I'm so glad I bought this bottle. It was worth the money. The wood is perfect. Top quality barrel, great  bourbon for such a long aging. Seems maybe to have been a previous hogshead of something really very special from Amerika, and just the right size.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic malt. Old bourbon hogsheads bring out some great aromas. Very little bitterness dominates a sweet spice, which I usually appreciate very much. In addition, extremely tasty, the alcohol is only slightly noticeable. 91 points, the pale nose prevents a higher score.
    • Nose
      White grapes. Citrus freshness. Macadamia nuts. From the nose super elegant, it does not reveal its age in any way. But a little pale. After a long smell, sweeter, yeasty and vanilla.
    • Taste
      With the first sip, his age shows. Much stronger start than the nose would have ever suspected. Complex. Very sweet and great spicy in the mouth all the way to the tip of the nose. Light ginger, beef broth, the Mortlach still comes through easily. Bakery products. Oily
    • Finish
      Long with herbaceous notes and mild woody notes. No bitterness to feel. A lot of spice. Nutmeg, pepper, ginger. More dry than sweet.

  9. MacErwin did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Offizielle Notes:

    Nose: Creamy, minty, fruit coulis, hints of praline and toffee sauce.

    Taste: Leather, straw, maple syrup and condensed milk.

    Finish: Sweet, crispy cakes, syrup, vanilla and raspberries and white chocolate.

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