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A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.
The nose is rich with cereal sweetness and warm barley. Apple blossom rises without effort and notes of malmsey and stewed fruits and Christmas punch emerge with spice and muffin. The palate is quite full and quite sweet. The cereal notes return with a syrupy texture. Shades of sherried sultanas and notes of freshly cut fruit salad, hints of toasty oak with obligatory vanilla spice and peppery warmth. The finish is long with the fruit and spice rising readily from the oak.
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While I was in Edinburgh, a whisky salesman talked me into purchasing a bottle. What a great buy. Of all the scotches that I've tasted I really thought this was the best. I don't understand the 2 reviews about the sulphuric taste and smell but I will say I've had a bad bottle of Balvenie out of the many that I've purchased.
2nd December 2016
The best Speyside single malt ever tested. Very good dram.
15th June 2016
Very tasty and priced extremely well.
15th May 2016
Amazing dram. Fantastic on the nose and great on the palate. A true all round experience for an amazing price.
23rd March 2016
I was very happy with this purchase. Someone said sulfur? No sulfur here. Tasted it with Macallan. The Mortlach was superior. I'm going to get another bottle if I can.
21st November 2015
Recommended by Strachan's of Aboyne and glad I am that they did - I love big spicy, deeply caramely speysides - this is just the ticket for an end of night dram or two after an evening out perhaps with a partagas d4
7th May 2015
Nose: Wagyu tartar, pineapple upside down cake, nutmeg, pumpkin custard, rainier cherries, plum blossoms...toasted malt reminiscent of olden days, honey, cloves. Palate: Very sweet! Also spicy, and somewhat salty and savory...Gingerbread men, vanilla frosted spice cake, nutmeg, marshmallow topped yams, maraschino cherries, fruitcake (a good thing here)...eucalyptus, wintergreen, hints of citrus, cream. High quality copper pot still qualities are evident. Despite such sweetness, somehow a nice balance is achieved. Richly complex and full of character. Long finish. Very unique, perhaps too sweet for some. Great price!
14th March 2015
Admittedly there is often a bit of a sulphur problem on the nose that somewhat stunts the enjoyability - but a tiny drop of water really helps dispel it. The palate is gorgeous with buttered bread, ginger, and fruit salad. This is a great everyday single malt that I'm always up for and well-priced. Only drawback is the sulphur but it's a mild flaw not a deal-breaker in my opinion.
12th January 2015
Really lovely rich malty palate. Very nice oak on nose and finish.
1st May 2014
The nose smells of spent fireworks and sulphur, almost like heated snot. If you like sulphur notes in a sherried whisky, then this is perfect. If not, do not buy.
23rd April 2014
Was really looking forward to tasting this one, but found myself unimpressed and disapointed.The nose is not particularly pleasant, has an unpleasant off note about it, almost fishy like smell in the background.Taste and development improves the initial impression somewhat, but this dram does not do the business for me at all.Thin arrival, little happening before going leathery and fishy (again) on the finish.It's better than it sounds, but still far from a good whisky.It could be that got a bad bottle, but I'm still left with a poor impression this bottling/version of Mortlach and will not be buying any more of it.Thumbs down from me on this one.
22nd March 2014
I want to get used to this as I think the Mortlach 16 is among the finest, but the christmas spices are a bit too overwhelming for my taste in this one. The Masters of Malt notes are indeed spot on, I highly recommend if that's your thing.
2nd September 2013
Nice and very long finish : if you like this feeling on whiskies, try this one ! This quality bottling is a good value for the price.
12th June 2013
I bought this at the same time as Glen Garioch 12-year. I preferred the Glen Garioch initially, but this keeps growing on me. Re-read the Tasting Notes by the Chaps at the Master of Malt. Spot on. I'm a US consumer; for $65 US, this is a bargain.
15th January 2013
I have a good selecton of speyside malts some less some more expensive but this my favourite (top marks to g& m ) again .
15th April 2012
Although wasted in creating J Walker my affection for Mortlach has blossomed into a love affairinvest today you will not be disappointed
29th December 2010