Mortlach 1990 Chieftain's K&L
Added on Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 06:05 AM
  Bottler: Chieftain's
  Age: 22 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.10 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

K&L Exclusive, distilled August 1990, bottled March 2013, Cask Number 5160, Sherry Butt, 517 bottles

$170 on release 

Member Ratings and Notes

n: Ripe rich red berry jam and heavy oak. There is a creamy vanilla and cherry aspect to the nose that is very pleasing. Also milk chocolate covered walnuts; a very savoury and delicious dessert nose.


t: Heavy sherry influence, I love the intensity of the high ABV and the richness of the wood that dominates this dense whisky. Lacquered cherry wood and dry leather all swimming in a spicy chocolate concoction. The super long finish is of toffee, all-spice, and Luxardo cherries.


Honestly this is borderline over-oaked, but that is what I really enjoyed about this. It's in your face and bold, something I would sip slowly (just a small pour will leave you happy and satisfied). I really enjoyed the intensity of this; it gets bonus points for being so extreme. It's not very often that I buy more than one bottle of something, but I did with this one. 

Condensed nose with dark red fruits with a peppery kick. Tomato juice and bitter black grape skins. Tobacco and dark chocolate. It's a sherry bomb but the oak takes over.  There's too much wood/ oak for my taste and it throws off the balance. Theres a burnt toast quality. The sherry component is on the funky and slightly stale side.   Like reducing sherry in a pan and burning it. B/B+ 
Sweet sherry nose, spiced carrot cake, oak. Palate is a rubbery sherry. Strong chew in the finish, raisins, very lingering tannins. Minutes after a sip, I'm still stuck with that overly dry feeling in the corners of my mouth. Water helps, but this is just too oaky for me. Others won't care. 
Deep raisin purple color. The nose is a little strong with raisin and rhubarb in full force. Obviously a sherry bomb. Spicy palate with the sherry influences really come out. Somewhat sour and bitter, but as a general matter not nearly as complex as was hoping. Starts strong and winds down pretty quickly for me. A little water helped. [5/23/13] 
The nose has lightly sulfured sherry with some sweet fruit notes. The palate is a very dry sherry with a hint of sulfur and some spice. On the finish, it's prunes and dry sherry. This is a very nice, dry sherried malt. 

n:  Sherry and red oak


p:  Dark fruits, escpecially plums, dipped in semisweet chocolate.  Christmas spices.  This is a sherry bomb.  Beware if you are afraid of shrapnel.


Stocking stuffer, please.



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