Mortlach 12yo (1989/2002) Coopers’Choice

Mortlach, again...

Macallan, Dalmore and Mortlach: three distilleries everyone seems to love, but I just can’t wrap my head around. Although there is nothing wrong with them per se and the effort that went into making them is obvious, there is little to no appeal to me. So the only thing left to me, is to keep trying and discover what exactly I have been missing.

MORTLACHDescription: distilled in 1989, matured for 12 years in a sherry cask and bottled in 2002 by indy bottler Cooper’s Choice at 43.0%ABV.

Nose: mediocre, sober and a bit dusty. Notes of birch wood, traces of sulphur, leather and chocolate.

Mouth: medium bodied and dry, with a palate that is mostly sherry, old oak and hazelnut.

Finish: short and drying, a bit of black pepper in the tail.

The Verdict: sigh, still nothing. Not bad, but little to nothing really recognisable here.

Score: 83

Nose: 21

Taste: 21
Finish: 19 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house