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Mortlach 15-year-old GM

Overall rating
84.41/100
votes
461
Whiskybase ID
WB178
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Bottled
22.07.2014
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
350 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
AD/JDGA
Barcode
5020613645325
Added on
22 jul 2007 9:49 pm

Average value

€ 62.45

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461 × member ratings

884 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 15-year-old GM

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.41 points

  1. Koloman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The original bottlings from 2014, Rare Old and 18YO - I have not tried the 25YO yet - can not keep up with this classic, extraordinary and completely successful bottling.
    • Nose
      Fig, overripe, juicy fig! In addition raisins, apple and pear compote as well as fresh stone oven bread.
    • Taste
      Overripe fruits with a rather dry sweetness like dried fruit. Malt candy, nuts and Christmas spices (cinnamon, anise, nutmeg).
    • Finish
      Heavy and persistent, orange marmalade, fruit compote, puff pastry and again a wonderful, full-bodied fig flavor.

  2. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. Single Dram scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

  4. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  6. whiskyd scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  7. yanagi scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    This whisky was not mine, though I'm sure it will have its lovers.
    • Nose
      A lot of malt coupled with the sweetness of toffee, a bit of apple and lots of wood again. And there's something else that reminds me of meat.
    • Taste
      The fleshiness is also reflected in the taste, also the malt, toffee and the bitterness of the oak. The fruity notes of sherry cask are there, but rather in the background.
    • Finish
      Long finish, sweetness disappears slowly and the bitterness of the oak comes out.

  8. Avatar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    In the nose I smell salmiak, maggi. Weakens later to more fruity. The taste is slightly bitter and spicy. Lingers for a long time.

  9. KeesV scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose:- Warm, honey sweet with whiff of musky underneath. Fresh oak, vanilla and persistent aroma of nutmeg. Spices. Palate:- Full body, sweet freshness of nutmeg with sprinkles of
    cinnamon spices. Not overpowering, quite well structure. A touch of
    everything.

    Finish:- Full and creamy entry, Thick wave of
    warmth pepper and ginger rises from end of throat. Surely a dram for
    cold day. Medium long.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Medium-bodied and quite creamy in the mouth. The nose is a bit more restrained than the taste and the finish, but is still very nice indeed. Would most probably have benefited from a higher ABV and longer maturation according to my taste, but all in all I find it a great dram and a lot of bang for the buck price-wise. Now I'm looking forward to open the 21 YO version!
    • Nose
      Old wooden boards, sherry, leather, 'nectary' honey, restrained nuttiness, a tad of cinnamon and other spices, some faint tropical notes, old-fashioned candy shop, traces of very refined unburnt peat, rounded - but at the same time slightly heavy and sweet malt, some typical Mortach meatiness that I find very difficult to describe. And a faint presence of clean peat smoke.
    • Taste
      The trademark meatiness is there from the start, more nuttiness, an almost burnt and and heavy 'syrupy' sense of malt, old leather, cream, honeyed sherry in the background, some zesty tropical notes coming out now and then, a little bit of smoke and old mellow oak with only soft tannins making themselves known.
    • Finish
      Medium length - the finish follows the taste/palate closely, but here the refined and soft smoke really comes more forward, unburnt peat, a little bit of smoked liquorice, some nutty sherry at the very end and a hint of toffee/caramel.

  14. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    It isn't expensive at all, and is also very drinkable which are both points that count for it, but it certainly won't blow any minds.
    • Nose
      Sweet taffy or maybe russian candy. Some steak. Ground pepper mix, a bit of frying oil. It's all very steakhouse - a sizzling cut on your plate, ready to be eaten. No peatiness apart from a tiny tickle in the nose, the sherry family smells do come through bolder than in the MacKillop 89 cask 3926 I had next to this. A little bit of dirty old cloth. 
    • Taste
      Creamy body with some tongue burn, not at all dry and very likable but I have to say it could maybe use a bit more punch. 
    • Finish
      There is a bit of yeastiness or doughiness in the tail but nothing is really out of order here.

  15. EarlMobile scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nice whisky with a very pronounced sweetness and more oak flavor than expected. All in all OK, but nothing that stays in your memory longer ...

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    OK but nowhere close to the eighties version with screw cap which I tasted recently. 83/84.
    • Nose
      Dried apricot, red apple, plum, cherry and caramel.
    • Taste
      Toffee, apple, roasted malt, cherry, honey, chocolate and coffee.
    • Finish
      Apple, toffee, roasted chestnut, ginger and dried apricot.

  17. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  18. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet barley, cereals, fruity (apples)
    • Taste
      Sweet, cereals, sherry, sultanas, vanilla, peppery
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, oaky, spicy

  19. Peter87 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  21. Koloman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. bull10298 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    With Diageo about to dramtically raise the profile and availability of its
    Mortlach single malt during the next few months (see December’s Whisky News)
    this seems a good time to renew acquaintance with this distinctive Speysider.
    The most easily obtained expression is this good value 15-year-old from Elgin’s
    Gordon & MacPhail, matured in refill sherry casks. Sweet, malty and fruity
    on the nose. Apricots, milk chocolate and icing sugar. Dates, glace cherries,
    then peppery spices. Big notes of sweet, leathery sherry on the full palate,
    with sultanas and cinnamon. Black pepper, liquorice and oak in the relatively
    long, fruity and spicy finish.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=mort

     

  23. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Needs time in the glass. Add little water.
    • Nose
      No water - florally sweet, malty, honey. Heavy complex. With water - much softer. Sweet of summer flowers. Perfumed.
    • Taste
      No water - sweet arrival. Wuick development of peppery heat, and citrus. With water - sweet arrival. Citrus development. Parsly heat. Warm and sticky to the palate.
    • Finish
      Long, dry and sharp citrus finish. Warm.

  24. NamorX68 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. JohannesB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful malt! The special rose note puts me back in my childhood - but also the rest absolutely convincing. An excellent PLV! Who needs the carefully formulated, optimistically priced new original bottlings from Mortlach, if he can have such bottlings? 90/100
    • Nose
      Lots of sherry, sweet overripe dark berries. And then: raisins without end! I suddenly stand in my grandfather's bakery, where the raisins are stored in large buckets. Citrus fruits in the background. After a few minutes in the glass, it becomes spicier and earthier, but does not lose its sweetness.
    • Taste
      Very sweet and soft. Creamy. In Oloroso sherry pickled raisins. Brown cane sugar.
    • Finish
      The finish is like a transformation of the nose on the palate. Raisins, sherry, incredibly sweet. A delicate oak skillfully sets the counterpoint. Astonishingly gentle for European oak.

  26. murphyr12 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Mortlach 15 G & M "Distillery Labels"; 43% nose: do you know the Glendronach Platinum? This one could be his brother. A light and refreshing sherry fragrance. Citrus fruits. No alcohol noticeable. I would like that as a perfume for the hot summer;) The nose is really damn sweet. Reminiscent of overripe grapes and plums. If you give him some time, something gets drier. A slight spiciness is now heard. The initially prevailing freshness has now given way. Rather, the barrel may now have a say. The 15 years are really good. Even if my last Mortlach (21) can crown the whole thing;) Tongue: supple, oily, round. Sherry, light acid. Then the plums and raisins. Some lemon. A warm, sweet finish without any bitterness. Damn tasty. The second sip I taste a lot of caramel, divine :) https://www.facebook.com/NOSEingtime?ref=bookmarks

  27. notesofmalt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Mortlach 15 years, 43% alc.
    Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
    Region: Speyside, Scotland

    Nose: sugar, slightly burnt caramel, sultanas. Oatmeal and somehow an earthy note, maybe freshly harvested root vegetables. In the overall impression but rather sweet and fruity, complex.

    Palate: Mouth-filling, almost like syrup. Very sweet, liquid honey with light spice. Something orange, menthol or mint I think.

    Finish: more spicy than nose and palate, very dry. Displaces the sweetness almost completely. Warming and very long.

    Conclusion: He surprised me, complex with a clear development of sweet fruit to dry seasoning. I like it.

    86/100 points (tasted 2014, ca. 60,00 €) posted on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/notesofwhisky

  28. kalervo scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Good whisky, not special, a little alcoholic. Mikko at the beginning of 2014.
    • Nose
      Malt, sweet fruit
    • Taste
      Russians, some sweet sherry of wood
    • Finish
      Makeahko, heavier virgin rumors

  29. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  30. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE by G&M;

    Colour: Dark golden.

    WITHOUT WATER:

    Nose: Initially sweet, fresh and fragrant with a distinct malty nose. Citrus

    elements develop - fresh orange peel. Well rounded.

    Palate: More subtle sweetness, hints of candied fruits. A rounded Sherry edge is

    evident and some raisin and sultana notes emerge.

    WITH WATER:

    Nose: Malty and fresh on the nose with a subtle sweetness present, defined

    Sherry influences and a hint of chocolate and orange linger in the

    background.

    Palate: Light and very delicate with a subtle malty edge, with a rounded Sherry

    influence and a hint of vanilla also. Slightly mouth warming.

    Body: Light to medium.

    Finish: Long and delicate.

    Cask Type(s): Refill Sherry casks

    Whisky Style: Sweet and sherried.

  31. LukeFive scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful cherried whisky with interesting hints of truffle oil in finish. I really enjoyed this bottle.

  32. LukeFive scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  33. Igor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Note of rum (rumtopf?), vivacious, fizzy, yeasty berries, cigar box, cinnamon oil, daisy, zefir/marshmallow, pencil rubber after that.
    • Taste
      Cream, vanilla, oak wood, tannins, brittle, caramel, brewed tea, anise, cardamom, white pepper.
    • Finish
      Astringent, citric, salted almonds, green apricots, zest, avocado, cut-grass sourish juice, horse sorrel.

  34. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruity aromas with delicate hints of smoke and vanilla that give it a playful

    whole. The

    character is nicely balanced and mild, the palette consists of oak with slight

    sherry notes and hints of truffle oil.

  35. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. hsmithjr scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very good dram!
    • Nose
      Barley and fruit.  Stewed apples.  Spice cake mix.  Dried flowers.
    • Taste
      Sweet and full of grains.  Fresh apples, then sultanas.  Peppery. Hints of vanilla and oak.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy.  Fruity.

  37. Feusi scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Dark amber color, sweet sherry with marzipan. With 15 years ago some woody notes, which discreetly tickle the palate. A strong Mortlach with a long and warming finish. A sweet spicy "good night toffee".

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