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Mortlach 16yo

(43%, OB Flora & Fauna, 2011*)
Average Score: 81
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
RangeFlora & Fauna
Brand NameMortlach
Alcohol By Volume43%
Average Score81

Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel81
Robert Karlsson82
Konstantin Grigoriadis74
Ho-cheng Yao82
Krishna Nukala86
Rich Howard86
David Wankel73
Oliver Klimek82
Ralf Mitchell84

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood83

Tasting Notes
Johannes van den HeuvelA lovely, classically sherried nose with raisins and spicy accents that pushed my initial impression in the direction of 83 or 84 points. Nice and expressive, suggesting more complexity than is actually there. It loses quite a few points on the relatively flat and simple palate. Hardly any finish to speak of. Too bad, because the nose is quite lovely.
Robert KarlssonSherry-inspired nose. Raisin. Feels a bit young. Drying. Clearly wooden. Easy-drinking sherry-inspired taste. Raisin. Lively. A few spent matches comes along too (unoffensive ones).
Rich Howardapple butter, blackberry preserves, hints of mint, aniseed, a few drops of vanilla on the tail, pink bubble gum, whiffs of fresh cedar. the palate is nicely sweet on that blackberry jam, the mint and liquorice kicks in quickly and lasts through the finish alongside some oak. a drop of water adds some sweet boysenberries to the nose, opens up the vanilla and sweet malt a bit, just a hint of mint and red liquorice still lurking. the palate is a bit sweeter as well, with fresh berries in vanilla cream, still lightly oaky on the finish. summary: blackberry preserves with herbal mint and aniseed and a gentle oakiness. more depth and complexity without water. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]