Mortlach 70-year-old GM Generations

Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
70 years old
Spanish Oak, ex-Bodega Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
46.1 % Vol.
200 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Added on
11 Mar 2010 5:56 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 6183.35

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61 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 70-year-old GM Generations

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.64 points

  1. franpincoffee did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    One would expect the world’s oldest single malt (at the time) to taste like an oak stave, but as Michael Urquhart of G&M puts it, this Mortlach is 70 years young! It is as vibrant and fruity as whiskies decades younger, with a sweet nose that shows no hints of oak. The notes are orange peel, maraschino cherries, and a touch of peach. The taste is full of fruit, marzipan, and delicate floral notes, and I could taste the finish literally 10 minutes later. Truly one of the world’s great whiskies!

  2. bull10298 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Last month saw the release by Gordon & MacPhail of the world?s oldest
    bottled single malt, namely a Mortlach which was distilled in 1938 (see ?Whisky
    News? for more details). It was filled into a first-fill, Spanish Oak, ex-bodega
    Sherry hogshead and was matured at Mortlach distillery in Dufftown until 1982,
    when it was transferred to Gordon & MacPhail?s own warehouse in Elgin, where
    the ageing process was allowed to continue. The nose is surprisingly lively,
    with fruity and waxy notes, Madeira cake, cherries and orange peel. The palate
    is waxy, with citrus fruit notes, pipe tobacco, gentle smoke and quite mild
    Sherry. The finish is lengthy and drying, but lacking the tannic astringency
    that might reasonably be expected of such a venerable whisky. An extraordinary
    survivor from a bygone age! Only 54 decanters and 162 20cl decanters



  3. hsmithjr did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Charles MacLean

    The colour of sun-bleached polished mahogany.

    A mellow nose, at once waxy and fruity; candlewax to the fore initially, which becomes snuffed candle (a thread of smoke), with Maraschino cherries in Madeira cake behind, and after a while an orangey citric note – fresh and juicy, becoming apricot jam. Flaked almonds and whin flowers, becoming light coconut oil.

    Surprisingly lively tasted straight. A smooth, waxy mouth feel; a sweetish start becoming moderately dry, but not overly-tannic. Dried fig and tobacco notes, and an intriguing light smokiness. A long finish and, for the first time, a hint of planed hardwood in the aftertaste. With a teaspoon of water, the smooth texture is  enhanced. The fresh, light sweetness becoming pleasantly sour (‘Soor Plooms’), with sooty smoke in the finish.

    Remarkable! No trace of wood or must or bung cloth– a delicate, fresh, vital, fruity whisky, but with unusual attributes of waxiness and smokiness – uncommon today,
    more usual before the 1960s.

  4. Feusi did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

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