Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Cask Ends
Stated Age
30 years old
Bourbon Cask
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Apr 2017 11:02 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 137.00

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39 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1987 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.03 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this during a warehouse tasting in Campbeltown and bought a bottle for 120 GBP.  The taste is very sweet and balanced with nice chocolatey flavours.  There was not much left in the cask...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. theograph scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose 95, palate 90, finish 90;
    A grand single malt, incredibly ripe and complex, a poem!
    • Nose
      Overripe brown extremely aromatic bananas at the beginning, as if one bites directly into said fruit and lets it melt on the tongue. Soft dried apricots, dried vinaigrette, sweet bright grapes or raisins, caramelized fruits, altogether a wonderfully ripe fruit compote with an exotic twist, shortbread biscuits and also a slight earthiness from the beginning; Complex and fruity (banana-heavy) and flattering the nose!
    • Taste
      Pleasantly spicy on the palate, traces of white pepper, more pronounced earthiness, a portion of spicy oak, again wonderfully fine notes of vanilla, white grapes, overall, the overripe soft fruits are less present than in the nose, and although this sweet sweetness is always in the Background is present, incredibly oily on the palate, extremely ripe and complex;
    • Finish
      Medium length with persistent and complex fruit nuances, dry towards the end;

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    If you’ve ever done a warehouse tasting at Cadenhead’s (meaning Springbank), knows that they have quite a few gems there that you can bottle directly from the cask. This is one of those typical Cask Ends, from Mortlach. The bourbon cask was put to sleep in 1987 and after 30 years of maturation was filled at cask strength. That is to be taken very literally in this case.

    Immediately very fruity and sweet on Turkish Delight, overripe banana, apricots, papaya, pineapple and raisins. Some wood shavings and a handful of almonds. Becomes tropical no less. In the background is a hint of putty, but does nothing to detract. Very, very good. Yummie!

    Oily, fruity, spicy and bright on the palate. I’m sold already. The spices becomes somewhat loud with ginger in the lead, followed by white pepper and nutmeg. Vanilla rears its head and then the fruit shows itself in all its glory. Grapes, raisins, apples, banana, papaya – actually quite complex. And a fine balance. The ABV turns this into an absolute delight. Yummie indeed!

    It remains juicy with just a midly drying effect at the death in the medium long finish.

    A belter! And while you’d be forgiven for not recognizing Mortlach when tasting this blind – the typical umami trait is absent – do not fret. This is an absolutely stunning malt.

  5. DavidH. scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. The Macallan scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead 175th anniversary tasting castle Dornoch 22/11/2017

    N: sherry and fruit, typical Mortlach profile (reduced: more fruit)

    P: soft and creamy, brown sugar (reduced: more fruity flavors)

    F: very spicy finish, ginger perhaps?

    C: a fine Mortlach but not an ace, 80 points with some hard work in to it.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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