Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old Highland Malt
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
04 Jul 2010 2:14 pm

Average value

€ 4077,50

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37 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1938 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.00 points

  1. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruits spices honey toffee, it felt promising but I found it a bit faded, tasted from a sample.

  2. SFWC scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Despite the amount of oak this one works. The distillate is there but its not typical meaty Mortlach. Rather earthy and sour and vegetal. The oak brings a gorgeous sweet balance with a minty long finish. The finish is ever lasting and memorable. Super high quality despite the low abv.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Glenlossie 1938 43 year Connoisseurs Choice brown label
    Macphail’s 1938 45 year The Dram Takers
    Mortlach 1938/85 46/47 year Rare Old Highland Malt
    All are 40% abv

    Tasted in that order

    Glenlossie 92
    Quite vibrant & fruity with some old leather books notes and old furniture, stewed plum, fig & peach with some really nice breakfast marmalade.

    Macphails (Macallan) 91
    More sherried than the Glenlossie with some great dark berry notes and mulled wine spices and some bubble gum notes in the back ground.

    Mortlach 90
    This is much more earthy & vegetal than the other two, slightly musty all on old dark polished wood, damp soil, like smelling a forest after rainfall, after a minute or some fruits arrive. More industrial this one is, not refined.
    For me I nosed in the right order, all are good but I like the lighter Glenlossie best.


    Lossie 94
    Nice mouthfeel yet slightly thin but the interplay of sherry fruit and a hint of peat is really good with the added dimension of a little ginger spice really adding to the overall effect. It gets a little creamy and seems to become more viscous over the tongue so not thin after all.
    Superb flavour, so elegant

    Macphail’s 93
    This is more vibrant and more spicy than the Glenlossie and actually feels more like 45-46% than 40%. Lots of red fruit, nice sherry influence, very faint hints of peat but dare I say it slightly rough when compared to the Glenlossie,

    Mortlach 88
    This is completely different, almost dirty in its mouthfeel and probably the finest example of a really meaty old Mortlach (if you like that sort of thing)?
    I am not kidding, but sliced beef is the first thing I thought of taste wise, all the earthy & vegetal indicators on the nose are on the palate, cold tea, pepper, peat, seems to grow in power and a massive blast of spice.
    Trust me this is an acquired taste, old, old old, that is all I can say, this is dirty Mortlach.
    Compared to the other two this is rougher.


    Lossie 90
    Creamy, spicy with a little caramel creeping in, excellent balance just fading slightly, higher abv needed here.

    Macphail’s 93
    Nice balance, remaining spicy with a blast a of peat mixing with the fruit, good medium length

    Mortlach 87
    A real burnt note comes in on the finish, is it sulphur, not sure, coffee also evident, fades a little

    Difficult to seperate the Glenlossie from the Macphail's I really like the palate of the Lossie but overall the Macphail.s just edges it for me.
    The Mortlach was a fair bit behind in all departments

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. el Gato scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Mortlach bomba. Sooo typical old Mortlach. Old, Beefy, minty, jammy, zesty, tonic. Love it!!
    • Nose
      94 94
      AHH. There is the lovely old and beefy nose that I fell in love With on the old Mortlach's. So Heavy. Then more minty. And of course the huge Orange zesty notes. Apricots. Jammy. Vanilla. Some soft spices. Eucalyptus. A Stellar nose, utter class.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Beefy again, no Wonder. Really thick and creamy texture. Jammy and the waxy notes I never get tired of. Spearmint. Apricots, and sooooo Orange zesty!! Earthly notes coming through after a while. And in the end some lemon tonic, a touch of old bottle syndrome. Lovely.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long. Some oaky notes that I do not mind to be honest. Waxiness lingers all the way. Still thick and jammy. Big on the zesty notes through and through. A tiny hint of tobacco in the very end. A finish that delivered indeed, in spite of the really old release and 40%.

  6. cavalier66 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Brief impression from The Whisky Show 2015 verticale:

    Full bodied in comparison to the 12 year old, oily/waxy feel, peach and white fruits, stones, tannins very present, sill fruitier than the 1954. 

    Others in the tasting: 1954/2012, 12 year old 70s bottling, 75 year old Generations 2015)

    89 points


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