Mortlach 16 Year "Distiller's Dram"

Mortlach 16 Year "Distiller's Dram"

(0.75l, 43.4%)

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This could be the best Mortlach Single Malt since 2014.

Dufftown is the Highland hamlet that calls itself the “Whisky Capital of the World.” This little town of less than 1700 people is home to six prominent distilleries — including Mortlach. Founded in 1823 by James Findlater, Mortlach became the first “legal” distillery in Dufftown. The history of Mortlach is an honorable one of tradition, innovation, and engineering—including the famous “2.81” distillation method using multiple still types. Their finely crafted spirits are a core component of the most premium Johnnie Walker blends—so much so that Johnnie Walker bought the distillery in 1923.

One of the most famous and popular releases ever to come from Mortlach was their “Flora and Fauna” edition in 2014. It was a sixteen year-old, Sherried Single Malt produced as a limited run. Mortlach 16 Year “Distiller’s Dram” is also a sixteen — but it’s aged in a combination of first-fill and refill Sherry casks, giving it an even deeper and more complex flavor profile. And a bunch of us think that it is better than the storied “Flora and Fauna” edition, but just hasn’t been discovered by the masses as of yet. So, if you like Mortlach Single Malts, this might be the best one on the market.

Smartass corner:
Dufftown itself used to be named Mortlach back in the Middle Ages — which is how the distillery got its name.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    Sherry casks

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What does Mortlach 16 Year "Distiller's Dram" taste like?

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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you’ll find notes of rancio, toasted granola, almonds, and matchsticks.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is thick, rich, and balanced with notes of dried cherries, stewed pears, cranberry, smoked soy sauce, dark toffee, figs, and nutmeg.

The finish is long, sweet, and coating.
Ratings & Reviews
One of the best 16 year single malt scotches I’ve had. So smooth, no bite or burn, wonderfully sweet, dark fruit and sherry is absolute gold!
I had high hopes for this, but it’s just not my style. I can get Glenlivet or Glenfiddich 18yr for less and IMO those are better. Tastes like a sweeter, fuller, less smoky JW Black Label, but not a $120 bottle. Good, but not $120 good.
I liked it, notes of nutmeg and smoke- but not as smooth as some others..
Very, very nice. Honey, cinnamon, dark fruits, and even picked up a marshmallow note on the nose. In a way, this came off as a great dessert sipper to me after a big savory meal. Well done!
Loved this one! super smooth, definitely taste cherry but with a smoky finish that just leaves you so satisfied. Has a long finish where berries come to play. Delicious!
This is my new favorite. I don't have all the vocabulary to describe it- but it is smooth and tasty. I just wish I could afford to make it the "regular."
Exceptional whiskey. Very smooth and clean drinking. Little to zero burn and no smoke. Lingering finish. Worth the money and one I’ll be buying again.
I first tasted Mortlach during a tour of Blair Athol on a trip to Scotland. Blair Athol makes my absolute favorite Highland Scotch--pity so much is blended. This isn't quite up to Blair Athol standards for me, but still a very nice, smooth Scotch.
I have an emotional attachment to Mortlach, based on a visit to a little whisky shop in the Lake District years ago. The young woman minding the shop was asleep. Could have helped myself to anything, but bought my first bottle of Mortlach. This 16-year was deeper, better mouthfeel, longer finish and quite satisfying. Looking forward to more drinking and remembering.
Just amazing!
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