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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
Creamy, spicy with a little caramel creeping in, excellent balance just fading slightly, higher abv needed here.
Nice balance, remaining spicy with a blast a of peat mixing with the fruit, good medium length
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