- 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
17 × in wishlist
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
- [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 95, palate 90, finish 90;
A grand single malt, incredibly ripe and complex, a poem!
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!
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;
Medium length with persistent and complex fruit nuances, dry towards the end;
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.
- 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.