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Mortlach — Dramming


Mortlach 18 yo

March 13, 2016
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Even though the nose is rather timid to open up, it is still the best aspect of this whisky. The palate lacks flavour and the finish lacks length. – Rating: 81/100

Mortlach 15 yo Gordon & MacPhail

December 2, 2015
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This long time semi-official bottling of Mortlach has the typical meatiness that has gone lost a bit in the new Diageo series. It’s not the most complex of drams but a very solid benchmark for this distillery – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 25 yo

October 9, 2014
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Quite delicate for its age and would probably not be recognized as Mortlach in a blind tasting. It has an excellent balance of flavours but it is strangely subdued. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach Rare Old

October 9, 2014
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Indeed this is an entry level whisky. In a way it shows everything one might expect of a Mortlach but it does so in a rather shy manner. – Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 1959/60 G&M for Royal Wedding 1986

December 14, 2013
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This outstanding Mortlach is both meaty and very fruity. The flavours are delightful but the low bottling strength makes it slightly watery. – Rating: 90/100

Mortlach 17 yo 1995/2013 Whisky Warehouse No. 8

March 9, 2013
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It is very gentle on the nose and doesn not have much of a punch on the palate either, but don’t be fooled. There is quite a lot to discover in this smooth dram. – Rating: 85/100

Mortlach 21 yo Gordon & MacPhail

February 11, 2013
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A nice dram it is for sure but nothing really breathtaking, and not a very typical ‘meaty’ Mortlach either. – Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 20yo 1990/2010 Wilson & Morgan

September 24, 2012

The quintessential sherried Mortlach, bursting with flavour, this is essentially a complete Christmas dinner in liquid form. – Rating: 89/100

Mortlach 1942/1993 Gordon & MacPhail

June 17, 2012

The nose of this rare whisky is to die for. It is enormously complex on the palate with lots of spices and a surprising herbal element, but the wood is very well present. – Rating: 88/100

Mortlach 13 yo 1997 Murray McDavid

May 14, 2012

Some quite unusual flavours in this malt that was probably from a weak cask and saved by the finish. I like it, but it is a rather special dram. – Rating: 85/100

Mortlach 1990/2011 Signatory

April 15, 2012

Quite a nice dram with regard to the flavours, but the wood is beginning to take over. – Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 1998/2006 C&S Dram Collection

November 27, 2011

Very fast cask maturation here, it does not matter at all that the whisky is ‘only’ 8 years old. It is rich and creamy with a nice slightly dry fruitiness. – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 1975/2000 Signatory

September 30, 2011

A very nice Mortlach, not a sherry monster for a change, but with a cloying syrupy mouthfeel that is simply delicious. – Rating: 87/100

Mortlach 1987/1995 Cadenhead’s

September 25, 2011

As could be expected, this young bourbon cask Mortlach is not really typical, but it is a very nice malt anyway. A single digit age is not a problem at all here.
– Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 12 yo 1994 Douglas Laing

September 17, 2011

The palate does not quite keep up the promise of the nose. But this still is a very decent malt, albeit not too typical for this distillery – Rating: 83/100

Mortlach 16 yo 1994 Cadenhead’s

May 22, 2011

If you like Mortlach for its trademark meaty style, you might be disappointed with this bottle because it has an entirely different character. It is very dry and spicy without many other flavours to balance it out. – Rating: 73/100

Mortlach 1998/2010 G&M for Whiskyshop Dufftown

May 16, 2011

The nose is almost disappointing, but the excellent palate delivers a strong reconciliation. A very rich and beefy Mortlach that becomes very cloudy diluted to around 40% – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 1996/2010 James MacArthur

February 7, 2011
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This malt was aged in a refill cask that didn’t have much strength anymore to contribute to the flavour. No real flaws but rather unimpressive. – Rating: 76/100

Mortlach 16 yo Flora & Fauna

January 8, 2011
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The semi-official Mortlach botting has a fantastic old-fashioned sherry nose. On the palate it displays prominent tannins but the richness of other flavours keeps it in balance. Not quite as “meaty” as other expressions – Rating: 86/100

Mortlach 1990/2010 A.D. Rattray

October 3, 2010

Very unusually for a Mortlach, this malt is totally lacking the signature beefiness. It’s richly flavoured and full-bodied , though, making it a nice fruity Speyside dram like many others. – Rating: 83/100