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Mortlach 18 Year Old

(50cl, 43.4%)

Mortlach 18 Year Old

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Mortlach 18 Year Old Bottling Note

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of a new range from the distillery, alongside the Rare Old, the 25 Year Old and the travel retail exclusive Special Strength.

Matured in a combination of Sherry and refill American oak casks, the Mortlach 18 Year Old is presented in a very striking bottle, with fancy metal framework at its base.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Nutty at first, followed by vibrant spices - think ginger and cinnamon - paired with fresh green apples and lemon zest. Lyle's Golden Syrup and toffee pennies too.

Palate: The decadent syrup and caramel notes develop on the palate, with oak, earthy tobacco and almonds adding depth. Tropical fruit notes give it a lively backbone.

Finish: Citrus, mocha and more tobacco notes last.

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Mortlach 18 Year Old Reviews

Christmas cake

Yum, Mortlach develops well by this age - Christmas cake with spices, nuts and dried fruits.

29th December 2018


Real smooth

29th September 2018

Good but way to pricey for 50cl/ 18YoA

It is a good whisky. The palate is spot on from MOM but way too expensive. I can get much older whiskey and more 20cl.

15th January 2017

A good whisky, but too pricey

The tasting notes by The Chaps at Master of Malt are spot on.

It's a good whisky, not very good, but too pricey. If I should put price into my rating, Mortlach 18 Year Old would only get seven out of ten. This one is much more expensive than Old Pulteney 21 Year Old, an older and clearly better and more complex whisky.

I don't like products communicated as something more than what they really are only to justify the price.

Won't by it again.

15th October 2016



28th September 2016

Yes, but...

This bottle has two big downsides: It is to small. And it is overpriced.
Compared to other whiskys in this price range it is not good enough.
It tastes like a good 120€ one, not like a 300€ / 0,7l .
If it would cost about 150€ for a 0,75 bottle, it would still be expensive, but ok.
It IS good stuff, but is it that good? Imho: No.
When I remember the Flora& Fauna bottling , tears come to my eyes...

7th May 2016

Mortlach 18 yr

Very good whisky, strong fruit on the nose, spice and mild oak on the palate. Not nearly as oak flavored as Macallan 18, which I like to use as my go to comparison standard. Mortlach has a unique taste, especially the 25 year old, and that can be a major factor for taste tests. You either like it or you hate it! The Mortlach 18 has better balance between fruit and oak and is more "tolerable" than the 25 year old, unless you are just crazy about strong fruit tastes and salty aftertaste. I like the balance of the 18 yr and rate it an 8.

28th April 2016

Not dissapointed at all

I'm surprised at the disappointing reviews here. I tried quite a lot Mortlach 18yo last night with a friend. We have a tasting session every fortnight, usually of something in the £100/bottle range, and this, equating to £220 for a normal sized bottle, was our most expensive yet. Despite being a little prejudiced against the too expensive presentation we agreed it was quite wonderful stuff. Easily the equal of any of the (admittedly half price) single-malts we've tried over the last couple of years. And I see it's won two recent awards, so the negative comments here seem odd to me.

9th April 2016


Just been given this one as a gift and immediately opened to taste a generous tot. Not ungrateful for the gift, but daren't tell my Darling that I would have been happier with many better known options at half the price. Has a sharpness on the tongue and as others are saying, the rather bitter edge to the lingering aftertaste is, to say the least, a bit of a let down. Packaging and bottle design with the metal work is inviting, but certainly not worth the extra £70 or £80 over and above what is available for less than £100 without the bling. I should add that I am now well beyond pensionable age and was first introduced to single malts by my Grandfather at the tender age of 13 years old, much to the disapproval of my Father.
A Macdonald of Clanranald.

4th September 2015

Not worth the money

way too expensive for what's inside. it's not bad but this bitter after taste disappoints.

25th April 2015


Sampled this as part of a tasting set, and in all honesty - yes, it's complex with lots of intriguing notes and a velvety palate. But I found it had a slightly unpleasant aftertaste, probably stemming from the tobacco note mentioned by the chaps at Master of Malt. I loved the green apple in the nose and the syrupy palate, but the finish didn't quite round out the experience for me. No offense to the folks at Mortlach, but I was honestly surprised when I saw what I would consider a premium price. The taste experience didn't quite match it.

12th February 2015

50cl, not cask str.?

Diageo what's that 1 doing in front of the price? 74 quid is more like it. Anybody thinking about purchasing this should definitely check what else you can get from a shop with this money, let alone from an auction.

6th November 2014

What a shame

You pay for the nice looking bottle and case. This has nothing more to do with making a traditional whisky. It hurts alot to see Diageo taking this industry the wrong direction.

17th October 2014

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