Mortlach 15-year-old GM

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
1st & Refill Sherry Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Distillery Labels
Bottle code
17/04/19 181463
Added on
10 nov 2020 9:53 am by Beowulf

Average value

€ 97.06

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 15-year-old GM

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.50 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    Sherry aromas with malty undertones and a fresh citrus edge. Sweet candied fruit flavours infuse with baked apple, raisin, and orange followed closely by charred oak.

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  3. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Mortlach is one of the Diageo distilleries whose whiskys are particularly important for the blends. After all, there is also a core range here, but its reputation is rather limited. Diageo once tried to set up the whisky as a premium brand in small bottles, the result was negative. The special feature is the 2.81-fold distillation, which results from a complicated division of the distillation streams and a four-fold distillation of a portion of the batch on the smallest pot still, 'Wee Witchie'. That and the condensation in worm tubs leads to a sulphurous-dirty base character.

    This Mortlach comes from Gordon & MacPhail's Distillery Label series and, at 15 years old, is a good alternative to the Core Range, as Gordon & MacPhail probably does without coloring. However, there is nothing about this on the bottle - just as little as about chill filtration. That's a pity ... This bottling from 2019 has 43% vol., later bottlings from 2020 have 46% vol.
    • Nose
      On the nose, the whisky has an earthy, mineral character with vegetable broth and spicy herbal aromas. The sulphurous characteristic is present, but not in the form of a direct sulphurous note as it comes out of the sulphurised casks. Here it is more the earthy aspect that encompasses the fruity notes and is reminiscent of fermenting apples stored in a dusty shed. This is a spicy-complex aroma and distinguishes the whisky from the rather light, fruity Speysiders. The sherry aromas are well integrated and not just put on, which is certainly also due to the refill casks.
    • Taste
      In the taste, the fruity sweetness is contrasted by the earthy Worm Tub character, which provides a certain sharpness that does not come from the alcohol. This is a tart chocolate with a ginger portion, there is also fruit compote, in which a few small twigs and leaves as well as dried fallen fruit were used. This also gives the slightly earthy aspect and a rough spiciness that other whiskys generate from a light smoke content. The alcohol is ok, 46% vol. couldn't hurt, 43% vol. are not too thin either.
    • Finish
      The tart ginger chocolate with some oak spice and plum jam lingers in the aftertaste.

      This is a good whisky that is mature and complex with quite a few rough edges that make it interesting. I like it.


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