Tasting Notes

Producing WhiskyCast has given me the opportunity to taste some really amazing whiskies, and I’m pleased to share my tasting notes with you here. You can search my entire database of tasting notes from this page, and I hope you’ll find it useful.

Mortlach 18

Country: Scotland

Region: Speyside

Type: Single Malt

Bottler: Distiller

ABV: 43.4%

Score: 93 Points

Mortlach 18 Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Image courtesy Diageo.This is one of four new Mortlach distillery bottlings to be released in July of 2014, and these tasting notes are based on early production runs. They will be updated when the bottlings are released if there are significant differences.

The nose is beefy, thick, and demands your attention, but also has subtleties that become apparent with careful observation. There are hints of dried flowers and spearmint, along with cocoa, green apples, shaving cream, and subtle hints of peaches and pears. The taste has notes of cinnamon-rich apple pie, nutmeg, banana, coconut, burnt vanilla, and touches of oak and ashiness. The finish is long and smooth, but still powerful and strong as the spices fade with a touch of beefiness and earthy notes of garden soil, beeswax, and fresh mushroom. (November, 2013)