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Mortlach 16 Year old “Distiller’s Dram”

Mortlach is back in style!

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@Pierre_WReview by @Pierre_W

9th Mar 2019

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I have been a fan of Mortlach ever since I tried my first independent bottling a number of years ago. Later on, the 16-year old Flora & Fauna bottling became one of my staple malts. Which is why I was all the more disappointed by Mortlach’s revamp of its core range in 2014: below par quality, ludicrous 50cl bottles, expensive - well that’s my view. This here is the newly launched 16-year old, matured in both first-fill and refill ex-sherry casks, bottled in 70cl bottles, and 2.81 times distilled, as every Mortlach buff expects it to be. Let’s try it.

The nose begins with a load of dark fruits, honey, and caramel candies. Then there are flavours of apricots, cinnamon and leather, followed by a touch of tobacco. Deep, complex and superbly balanced.

The palate is medium-bodied and sweet. Right upfront there is a little dose of wood spice. Notes of peaches and apricots come next, followed by a hint of orange peel. Then there is more cinnamon and leather.

The finish is of medium length and sweet. There are flavours of apricots, honey, and marzipan.

I am blown away by this new 16-year old Mortlach: it is a complex, wonderfully balanced and also very yummy single malt. Less “dirty” than the F&F bottling but equally multilayered and rounded. Mortlach has returned in style!

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9 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

And a very nice looking bottle, too. I'm also becoming a big fan of Mortlach especially since I recently scored an Old Malt Cask cask strength 11 year old. Must try and find the 16, although I imagine it is pricey.

8 months ago 2Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Thanks, @BlueNote. The price is about $100. I am more than willing to pay that for a second bottle.

8 months ago 3Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@Pierre_W thank you for your review. I have long liked Mortlach, as long as it avoids the sulphur. This new 16 yo sounds like another good one.

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Thanks @Victor. No sulphur in this one, nothing, nada. You would enjoy this, I’m sure.

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Pierre_W Oh yeah, I would certainly pop $100 for an excellent 16 year old (whisky).

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Frost
Frost commented

@Pierre_W thank you for the review. This is one myself, and I'm sure many members, are keen to hear about.

Will be looking for this one to buy, based on your review !

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

You won‘t be disappointed, @Frost, I promise!

8 months ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@Pierre_W - Nice review! I've only tried the 16 F&F and was very impressed. Looks like this one compares rather favourably then?

8 months ago 0

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

Hi @RianC, they really are somewhat different but in any case this new 16-year old is a great dram in its own right. The F&F had a “dirty” element, if you know what I mean, whereas this new version is more rounded and perhaps better balanced. I like them both but indeed they are different whiskies.

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