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Brands and Distilleries : Mortlach

Issue 121 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 121

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Mortlach

Mortlach 16 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A great malt that is enigmatic and sometimes seems reclusive.

Mortlach 1980, 17 Years Old, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.10%
7 A big, rich interpretation; an outstanding digestif.

Mortlach 1998 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.50%
7 A pleasant light aromatic profile but this whisky has not matured in very active casks.

Berry's Own Selection Mortlach
- Scotland - 56.40%
7 A 70s playboy...all mirrored shades, suede jacket,woody aftershave and cigar.

Blackadder Mortlach 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 60.50%
8 Enjoyable, with an appropriate touch of earthy rawness, but not as statuesque as this elegant whisky can be.

Boisdale Speyside (Mortlach)
- Scotland - 46.00%
7 An uncompromising malt which demands a cigar..or two. Love it,or leave it,this one won't care. The best of the Boisdale trio.

Cask Collection Mortlach
- Scotland - 55.50%
7 Highly recommended.

Celtique Connexion Mortlach 1989 Spirit Safe & Cask Selection
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
6 Lacks contribution from wood. Lacks complexity.

Cooper's Choice Mortlach 10 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 A good bottling of this lovely malt. Mortlach has such complexity that I find new aromas and flavours every time I raise the glass.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Cooper's Choice Mortlach 1990 16 Years Old, Sherry Cask
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 Yup, it's Mortlach alright. Every bit as good as the OB.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Dewar Rattray Mortlach 15 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.44%
7 The lack of interaction between oak and spirit makes this hard to get excited about.

Dimensions Mortlach 1989 22 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 52.10%
7 A good example of mature Mortlach character without the close attentions of oak.

Douglas Laing Mortlach 1992 12 Years Old, Sherry Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
7 Urbane. Austere.

Dun Bheagan Mortlach 10 Years Old, Port Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00%
7 Mortlach is usually a supple, muscular malt. At ten years, this already seems a trifle tired.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1971
Single Malt - Scotland - 0.00%
8 Magnificent in every way, especially the finish.

Whisky Magazine - Editors Choice - Winner

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1938, 60 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00%
8 A great age, but it has matured beautifully.

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1951
Single Malt - Scotland - 42.00%
6 After dinner. Or with a re-run of Inspector Morse.

Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 63.80%
7 A lovely digestif whisky.

Lombard Mortlach 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00%
6 Extraordinarily pale colour. The floweriness was perhaps a hint at Mortlach but, if I were served this out of context, would I recognise it as whisky? I might guess at aquavit rather than usquebaugh.

Whisky Magazine - Recommended - Winner

Signatory Mortlach 1989 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
8 The most complex and structured of the Mortlachs in this tasting.

The Wee Dram Mortlach 12 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00%
8 The first bottling from The Wee Dram. A promising debut.

Wemyss Vintage Malts Freshly Cut Grass
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00%
7 Like No2 this is delicate but while that shows good distillery character this just seems not quite fully formed. Pleasant, but pleasant isn't enough after two decades.

Whisky Galore Mortlach 1988, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.90%
7 Good weight of spirit, but needs more from the cask to make it great.

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Chart Position

Latest
24
Best
18
Average
22

Bottle Price

Average
£237
Highest
£4,000

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1936 Mortlach Finest Highland Malt Whisky 1936
Vintage Wine Gifts
£3,879.97
1949 Mortlach Finest Highland Malt Whisky 1949
Vintage Wine Gifts
£1,209.97
1954 Mortlach Finest Highland Malt Whisky 1954
Vintage Wine Gifts
£699.97
1971 Mortlach Highland Malt Whisky 1971
Vintage Wine Gifts
£259.97
1976 Mortlach Highland Malt Whisky 1976
Vintage Wine Gifts
£219.97
Freshly Cut Grass 1990 Wemyss Malts Mortlach
Master of Malt
£69.25
Freshly Cut Grass 1990 Wemyss Malts Mortlach 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£5.91
Mortlach 10 Year Old 2000 Coopers Choice
The Whisky Barrel
£46.31
Mortlach 10 Year Old Bot.1980s George Cowie & Son
The Whisky Exchange
£250.00
Mortlach 10 Year Old Editor's Nose
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Mortlach 10 Years Old 2000 The Coopers Choice The Vintage Malt Whis
Master of Malt
£4.61
Mortlach 12 Years Old 75.7cl Neck Collar 12
Lions Whisky
£375.00
Mortlach 12yo G&m Meregalli Imp. 12
Lions Whisky
£185.00
Mortlach 13 Year Old 2000 Cask 10200 Old Malt Cask Hunter Laing
Master of Malt
£67.74
Mortlach 14 Ans 1999
La Maison du Whisky
£53.00
Mortlach 14 Year Old 1997 Dimensions Duncan Taylor 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.68
Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 Cask 10998 The Maltman 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£5.25
Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 Dimensions Duncan Taylor 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.68
Mortlach 14 Year Old 1999 Casks 7902+7903 Signatory 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£3.89
Mortlach 14 Year Old Bot.1980s
The Whisky Exchange
£399.00
Mortlach 15 Year Old 35cl Gordon & Macphail
Master of Malt
£25.53
Mortlach 15 Year Old Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£42.95
Mortlach 15 Year Old Gordon & Macphail
Master of Malt
£40.58
Mortlach 15 Year Old Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Barrel
£43.64
Mortlach 15 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Speyside Malt Range
The Drink Shop
£44.10
Mortlach 15 Year Old Miniature Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£5.95
Mortlach 16 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£79.95
Mortlach 16 Year Old 1996 Strictly Limited Carn Mor
Master of Malt
£53.28
Mortlach 16 Year Old 1997 Cask 795213 The Octave Duncan Taylor 3
Master of Malt
£6.18
Mortlach 18 Year Old 1993 Dimensions Duncan Taylor 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£6.17
Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 Cask 4100 Dimensions Duncan Taylor 3cl
Master of Malt
£6.73
Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 Cask 797051 The Octave Duncan Taylor
Master of Malt
£121.66
Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 Signatory
The Whisky Barrel
£42.74
Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 Strictly Limited Carn Mor 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£5.13
Mortlach 1936 1979 43 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice
Whisky-Online.com
£1,995.00
Mortlach 1936 1986 50 Year Old Crystal Decanter
Whisky-Online.com
£3,500.00
Mortlach 1936 36 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice
The Whisky Exchange
£2,750.00
Mortlach 1936 36 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice
The Whisky Exchange
£2,750.00
Mortlach 1936 45 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice
The Whisky Exchange
£2,500.00
Mortlach 1936 50 Years Old Decanter 50 1936
Lions Whisky
£1,750.00
Mortlach 1936 50 Years Old Decanter 50 1936
Lions Whisky
£1,450.00
Mortlach 1936 Bot.1970s Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£3,999.00
Mortlach 1938 50 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£3,999.00
Mortlach 1938 60 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£12,000.00
Mortlach 1938 Bot.1970s Torn Label
The Whisky Exchange
£2,500.00
Mortlach 1938 Bot.1985 Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£2,350.00
Mortlach 1938 Sherry Cask Bot.1980s Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£2,999.00
Mortlach 1938 Sherry Cask Bot.1980s Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£2,999.00
Mortlach 1942 1993 50 Year Old Private Collection
Whisky-Online.com
£4,500.00
Mortlach 1942 50 Year Old G&m Private Collection
The Whisky Exchange
£2,999.00
Mortlach 1949 Sherry Cask
The Whisky Exchange
£1,495.00
Mortlach 1954
La Maison du Whisky
£1,395.00
Mortlach 1954 2012 Gordon & Macphail
Whisky-Online.com
£880.00
Mortlach 1954 Sherry Cask Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£865.00
Mortlach 1957 22 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£699.00
Mortlach 1957 22 Years Old Cadenhead 22 1957
Lions Whisky
£530.00
Mortlach 1957 22 Years Old Samaroli 22 1957
Lions Whisky
£535.00
Mortlach 1959,1960 G&m Marriage 1959, 1960
Lions Whisky
£325.00
Mortlach 1962 32 Year Old Cadenhead's
The Whisky Exchange
£699.00
Mortlach 1969 16 Year Old Intertrade
The Whisky Exchange
£499.00
Mortlach 1969 16 Years Old 56.5% Intertrade 16 1969
Lions Whisky
£485.00
Mortlach 1969 1991 22 Year Old Cadenhead Dumpy
Whisky-Online.com
£750.00
Mortlach 1969 21 Year Old Sherry Wood
The Whisky Exchange
£450.00
Mortlach 1970 16yo Intertade 16 1970
Lions Whisky
£345.00
Mortlach 1971 15yo Pellegrini Usa 15 1971
Lions Whisky
£675.00
Mortlach 1971 32 Year Old
The Whisky Exchange
£550.00
Mortlach 1971 Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£385.00
Mortlach 1975 19 Year Old Cask Master Selection
The Whisky Exchange
£299.00
Mortlach 1976
La Maison du Whisky
£385.00
Mortlach 1976 2013 Gordon & Macphail
Whisky-Online.com
£235.00
Mortlach 1976 Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Exchange
£195.00
Mortlach 1978 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£350.00
Mortlach 1978 20 Year Old Rare Malts
The Whisky Exchange
£325.00
Mortlach 1978 20 Year Old The Rare Malt Selection
Abbey Whisky
£476.00
Mortlach 1980 1997 Flora & Fauna Cask Strength Series
Whisky-Online.com
£350.00
Mortlach 1980 Flora&fauna 1980
Lions Whisky
£345.00
Mortlach 1981 2014 Gordon & Macphail
Whisky-Online.com
£180.00
Mortlach 1983 18yo The Bottlers 18 1983
Lions Whisky
£220.00
Mortlach 1984
The Whisky Barrel
£182.80
Mortlach 1984 1995 Centenary Reserve
Whisky-Online.com
£175.00
Mortlach 1984 B 2000 In The Pink 1984
Lions Whisky
£245.00
Mortlach 1984 W&m Single Cask 1984
Lions Whisky
£140.00
Mortlach 1986 Moon Import Menses 1986
Lions Whisky
£235.00
Mortlach 1988 2001 12 Year Old Signatory Vintage Cask 2634
Whisky-Online.com
£95.00
Mortlach 1988 Samaroli 1988
Lions Whisky
£215.00
Mortlach 1989 25 Year Old Directors' Cut
The Whisky Exchange
£215.00
Mortlach 1990
La Maison du Whisky
£142.00
Mortlach 1990 18 Years Old B2008 W&m 1990
Lions Whisky
£150.00
Mortlach 1990 23 Year Old Sherry Cask #6074 Signatory
The Whisky Exchange
£90.25
Mortlach 1990 Exclusive Cask #4396
Abbey Whisky
£148.00
Mortlach 1991 Boisdale 1991
Lions Whisky
£155.00
Mortlach 1995 18 Year Old Signatory
The Whisky Exchange
£42.95
Mortlach 1997 2010 13 Year Old Old Malt Cask 6574
Whisky-Online.com
£52.50
Mortlach 1998 Wemyss Pastille Bouquet
The Whisky Barrel
£58.37
Mortlach 19yo Manager's Dram 19
Lions Whisky
£220.00
Mortlach 20 Year Old 1990 Cask 6069 Cask Strength Collection Signat
Master of Malt
£6.55
Mortlach 2000 13 Year Old Coopers Choice
The Whisky Exchange
£44.25
Mortlach 2002 Very Cloudy
La Maison du Whisky
£46.00
Mortlach 20yo Sestante 20
Lions Whisky
£375.00
Mortlach 21 Ans
La Maison du Whisky
£121.00
Mortlach 21 Ans 1992
La Maison du Whisky
£222.00
Mortlach 21 Ans 1992 Sherry Finish
La Maison du Whisky
£136.00
Mortlach 21 Year Old 1991 Old Malt Cask Douglas Laing 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£6.34
Mortlach 21 Year Old 1992 Cask 10143 Directors' Cut Douglas Laing
Master of Malt
£10.98
Mortlach 21 Year Old Gordon & Macphail
Master of Malt
£63.95
Mortlach 21 Year Old Gordon & Macphail
The Whisky Barrel
£69.83
Mortlach 21 Year Old Gordon & Macphail Speyside Malt Range
The Drink Shop
£64.45
Mortlach 21yo Sestante 21
Lions Whisky
£340.00
Mortlach 22 Year Old 1989 Cask 3926 Mackillop's Choice 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£8.88
Mortlach 22yo Sestante Shortcap 22
Lions Whisky
£635.00
Mortlach 23 Year Old 1990 Signatory Vintage
The Whisky Barrel
£89.61
Mortlach 25 Year Old 1989 Cask 10321 Directors' Cut Douglas Laing
Master of Malt
£212.85
Mortlach 25yo G&m 25
Lions Whisky
£235.00
Mortlach 28 Years Old 75 Proof Bradley & Sons 28
Lions Whisky
£475.00
Mortlach 7 Ans
La Maison du Whisky
£48.00
Mortlach 75cl Green Bottle
Lions Whisky
£170.00
Mortlach 9 Year Old 2002 Provenance Douglas Laing 3cl Sample
Master of Malt
£4.21
Mortlach Bot.~1900s
The Whisky Exchange
£2,500.00
Mortlach Rare Old
The Whisky Exchange
£56.95
Pastille Bouquet 1998 Wemyss Malts Mortlach
Master of Malt
£66.43
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