Mortlach Rare Old50cl / 43.4%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- Liquorice root
- Dark Chocolate
Mortlach Rare Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Nose: Hazelnuts, spicy cinnamon, raisins, candied orange and floral touches up front. There's quite a lot of sweetness, with some dry, leafy notes balancing barley sugar and vanilla fudge.
Palate: Thick and oily, with dark chocolate, real maraschino cherries, dark wood, plump raisins, spicy cinnamon, liquorice and biscuits - garibaldi biscuits with cherry jam?
Finish: Spicy cinnamon hangs around, with raisins, more cherry and toasted nutmeg.
Comment: Lighter than the old Flora and Fauna, but still packed with flavour: sweeter and fudgier than before, but with a good slug of sherry-cask-matured whisky in the mix.
16 Customer Reviews
Purchased, based on the fact I had liked several independent bottlings, and then the positive reviews of this bottle here. Honestly, I should have known better. Nothing good ever comes of a NAS single malt; and one called 'rare old' is particularly suspect. Did not have the traditional taste of Mortlach -weaker, sharper. Not sherried and too light. Disappointing. Better to buy a Macallans than this. I used to say Morthlach beat any Macallans but not so this. I think it is just the name, really.
"Nose" (undiluted) Easy sherry, roses, violets, pleasant floral notes. "Palate" (undiluted) Thick, chewy sherry, salted milk chocolate with orange rind, hint of pomegranate, raisins and dark honey. "Finish" (undiluted) Fine graphite, pencil lead, malty, summer savory, za'atar, tumble weed dry sherry and beef stock in the background. "General Impressions" This whisky is rich, luxuriant and velvety on the palate. It may not be the best whisky in the world, but it beats the hell out of Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, and reminds me why I love Scotch so much. Don't be hoodwinked by the marketing of the Whisky Bible. You wanna give a gift of a high quality single malt, Mortlach Rare Old is the ticket. No bite, just smooth aged whisky with great qualities the sherry fiend is sure to enjoy.
I agree with the tasting summery, and I got more honey on the backend with a leathery peppery bite as the alcohol picks up its burn a bit late. Very very good and will get again.
Neither rare nor old, this could more appropriately be labelled,: 'Young and plentiful'. Bog standard NAS whisky with a price level similar to malts twice the age and performance.
Very fine nose. Spicy throughout spike delicious sweetness.
I WAS RATHER DISAPPOINTED, NOT MUCH WHISKEY 50CL AND THE BOTTLE VERY THICK GLASS GIVES THE ILLUSION THAT MORE WHISKEY THAN THE BOTTLE ACUTALLY HOLDS IT WAS MY FAULT FOR NOT CHECKING IT WAS ONLY 50CL THE WHISKEY ITSELF WAS VERY NICE BUT FELT BIT EXPENSIVE
I agree with Billy A on the raisin nose and finish. a very nice daily dram as a dessert after dinner.
I just tried this one in Edinburgh, "Whiski Rooms" and i was surprised by its rather lovely aroma and sweetness. peaches and apricots on the nose which carry over onto the pallate. well balanced with fruity flavours and a bit of spice. a long lingering after taste but not one to be drunk in huge quantities, rather a dram or two now and again when relaxing alone. i have a 16yo i have yet to try which won''t be very long now but Old and Rare is a winner with me.
This is over-processed whisky, lacking that familiar Mortlach meatiness. Rather watery with an unpleasant aftertaste . Very disappointing flavours for a Mortlach, you’re paying for the fancy bottle.
Tried this at a whisky festival and was mildly disappointed in it. Not that its a bad whisky just that it lacked the body and depth of flavour I was expecting especially considering the price. Overall better sherry style whisky''s about that my money will be going towards.
A fantastic first release from the new range – just the right mix of flavours and its rich too. Can't wait to try the rest of the range!
Light & very smooth with a beautiful balance of sherry on the palate. One of my new favourites
Rare old? Another marketing ploy from Diageo , how rare and how old? The whisky is not as rich and robust as the Flora and Fauna 16, a relatively light and fragrant dram which I would recommend for a whisky beginner , opens up slightly with a dash af water.Rather pricey for a 50cl bottle.