- Whiskybase ID
- 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
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36 × member ratings
17 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 70-year-old GM Generations
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.82 points
- Superb waxiness with a hint of candle smoke, very fruity leaning on cherries, apricots, peaches, some sweet tropical notes (papaya, coconut), almond, marzipan a hint of tobacco, some cedar wood and mizunara notes. Surprisingly, no woodiness, very fresh, the balance is perfect. No meatiness like the more recent expressions. I thought it would have been more of an overrated marketing gimmick but this is a truly impressive and superb whisky.
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!
- 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
- 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.
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