Mortlach 21-year-old GM

Overall rating
86.05/100
votes
223
Whiskybase ID
WB39914
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill & Refill Sherry Casks
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Label (2012)
Added on
23 dec 2012 10:33 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 113.11

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Whisky reviews for Mortlach 21-year-old GM

34 users have left 37 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.05 points.

  1. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, unusual whisky. Like the 25-year-old Linkwood, the long finish stands out.
    • Nose
      Pear, ripe apricots, catus figs, fruit blossom. Roasted pork fillet in the second nose, horse stable, wet dog.
    • Taste
      Soft and spicy, dry wood smoke, apricots, thyme. Again the wet dog.
    • Finish
      Spicy-floral with elderflower, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Olives. Later freshly beaten wood.

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  3. DimiIkon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting May 2021.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral, with sweet perfume and peppermint. Some hay and orange peel.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Full of nuts and spices, with peppermint and red fruits. The floral tones are there as well as clear oak tones. The citrus is present throughout. Very oily.
      With water, caramel, toffee and coffee appear.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. With honey sweetness and a great spiciness.
      Citrus that is present as well as some mature red fruits.

  4. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. tribe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Horst Lüning had totally hyped him back then. But only weak smell, very mild and nutty, malty and vanilla notes. In the beginning the taste is really good for a short time, sweet malt, honey, vanilla, light wood and then completely flat, like a parabola.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. Flou scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    It continues with my Gordon & MacPhail tasting. This time it is the turn of a 21 year old Mortlach from the bottling year 2012. Like the Glenlivet 21, this bottle has been on my shelf since that time and I am happy to finally try this whisky. Here, too, there is only little information on the label, according to the whiskybase this Mortlach matured in first-fill and refill sherry casks. Much first-fill does not seem to have been present here, at least the wonderful gold tone indicates this.

    On the nose I immediately have a great sherry barrel fruitiness, which is typical of many refill sherry barrels: apple compote, sour Granny Smith apples, juicy pear, apricot and a little lemon zest. This fruitiness is wrapped in a puff pastry garnished with almond pieces. The more I think about it, the more aptly I find this description and actually have to think of a puff pastry with an apple pudding filling. The whole thing is sprinkled with a lot of powdered sugar. There is also a note that I find difficult to paraphrase ... it goes in a meaty direction, but goes wonderfully with the rest of the flavors. Wonderful herbs and spices gently complement the spectrum of aromas and the wood also blends in smoothly. Overall, I find the Mortlach 21 more exciting and still more balanced than the Glenlivet 21, which I had in my glass yesterday. If you smell it for a long time, the lemon peel is a little more present, shortly afterwards the wood aromas come into their own, a little later the notes from the filled pastries become stronger again ... the Mortlach 21 doesn't get boring so quickly and I like that. I just had to think of a steak drizzled with pepper and lemon juice, as this meaty note together with the citrus aromas stimulate my head cinema.

    In the mouth, the Mortlach looks thin and watery at first. A spiciness lies on the tongue and leaves little room for the fruitiness. Pepper, herbs, liquorice, tannins from black tea and some potting soil and oak come to my mind. While the whisky was still very diverse in the nose, it becomes much more one-dimensional in the mouth. The tannins and the spiciness clearly dominate the action and give the fruitiness and sweetness very little space on the stage of taste. It's a shame, because I just don't have an opposite pole with enough weight. A bit of dry grass or even hay can be felt with the second sip, the dryness of chewed walnuts, the liquorice almost fades towards liquorice.

    And the same goes for the finish. The tannins set the tone. I have to think about the aftertaste I have in my mouth a few minutes after licorice. Pepper still makes the tongue tingle a little, even if the mouthfeel is now a little creamier. The chewed walnuts are now clearer, I have to think a little about wet leather. The fruitiness and sweetness have long since left the scene and left hardly any traces. Perhaps there is an echo of tobacco. Overall, the finish is medium-long and not very exciting.

    Overall, only the smell of the Mortlach 21 convinced me. In the mouth it looks too watered down and too much turned towards the tangy, spicy side, while the sweetness and fruitiness of the smell hardly come into play. A shame, because if he had kept what he promised when he was smelling, this would definitely be the better whisky for me compared to the Glenlivet 21 from Gordon & MacPhail from the same year.

    That's why I gave 86/100 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. netcorpse scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Mushrooms, mushrooms, in gravy. Very special taste.

    I don't know if that has something to do with the fact that I had previously drank a Glenfarclas FC from the same glass and maybe there was some residue with it. In any case, totally crazy in the finish up to date.

    Nose: inconspicuous, inconspicuous.
    Taste: Funky, see above
    Finish: Dries out the mouth, nothing significant remains

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1460) Mortlach 21YO, Licensed Bottling, Gordon & Macphail
    • Nose
      N- Continuing with more Mortlach, from an Inde this time. I may be bias, but most of the best whiskies are indeed from Inde than OB. So I expect some level of greatness from this despite the humble labeling. Meaty with hot almond oil and fat milk black tea (bling bling!). 100% sherry casks in the composition but with good brightness that leave room for the character to shows, instead of being abyss-ed by the sherry. Alluring plant extract, olive oil cream, then chocolate with just touch of dried fruits, perfectly ended with coffee and brown candy. (91/22)
    • Taste
      P- Oily but not greasy, hawthorn came thru effortless and naturally. Agile and affluent, not lack of texture on mouthfeel. Grated brown candy again with Herbal Tea boiled egg. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, meaty with traces of monk fruits. May be a wee short here, but already well perform for the value. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22

      Weighted Rate- 87pt

  9. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The fruits are more in the direction of stone fruits. In addition, slightly fleshy notes and rather fresh wood tones. Decent malt. But nothing that knocks me off my feet either. But it's more of a side effect. But he does that quite well.

  10. Sandman23 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  11. MadScientist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Compared this one with the 16 year old (Flora & Fauna).
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    My favourite distillery, and an exemplary dram no less from Gordon Macphail at 21years, the gentle spice is entrancing.
    • Nose
      The nose is lovely and bright, rich malt and hints of fatty pork. Lots of fruity Sherry and fall leaves. There's a hint of almost cola and minerals.
    • Taste
      The palate is spicy, big bold spice and warm oats. Tea tannins and hints of camphor. Sherry plays a second fiddle, stone fruits and huge oily rags. Lovely fruit and spice play very nicely with the heavy Mortlach malt.
    • Finish
      The finish is is huge, vanilla and pork fat. Soft cask char smoke and bay leaf with a twinge of fresh sage. Very light triple cream custard as it fades.

  14. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  15. spigray scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      72 72

  16. spigray scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    this is definitely nothing for people with a sweet tooth and you have to like the very bitter side of whisky. too bitter for me.
    78/100
    • Nose
      rather dry, malty, yeasty.  pepper, german pfefferkuchen, chocolate toffee,
    • Taste
      very dry, almost bitter. very much oak, roasted chestnut. a bit of dark honey. dark chocolate.
      really very dry, not to say bitter
    • Finish
      fortunately not that long

  17. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    No, it is not a bad whisky, it is actually quite delicious but it is simply mediocre.
    • Nose
      many citrus fruits and some candy in the first nose, tangerines, lemons, apricot, some black pepper, juicy orange peel, lemon cake, gooseberries, only restrained sweetness, hay, light grape, a hint of vanilla pudding, the spicy oak flavors come more into the foreground, gingerbread spice , the typical Mortlach muff I find here less, probably it is due to the daily form
    • Taste
      very light and soft, slightly sweet sherry, lots of citrus fruit, milk chocolate, raisin and oak, vanilla, apples
    • Finish
      again apples and citrus fruits, fruit salad with lemon juice, noticeable dry oak and chocolate, nice full oily mouthfeel in medium-length finish, gingerbread

  18. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light dry sherry, some salt and hay. Mandarins, light honey. Trail mix.
    • Taste
      Dry. Red apples, honey, sweet malt. Then grassier and more bitter. Old coffee beans, rancid cocoa, wet cardboard.

  19. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nope ... was once one of my sweetheart. Now "unfortunately" only mediocrity. Something bothers me and that runs through from the nose over the taste to the finish. No comparison to the 15er, who plays for me in a completely different league.

  20. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Just delicious!
    • Nose
      Mossy and moldy, the Mortlach rises powerfully out of the glass. A hint of sulfur mixes with dark, yet sweet berries, a pinch of cowshed rises in the nose. Citrus fruits are pervaded by a sweet hint of vanilla, milk chocolate and caramel give off a fruity sweetness. Honey pushes through the subtle note of sulfur, the citrus fruits are intense, caramel and chocolate rise from the oak notes. A pinch of salt is in the background.
    • Taste
      Spicy and yet relatively mild, the Mortlach flows over the tongue, again light sulfur and a pinch of salt comes to light. Spicy oak mixes with creamy chocolate, a handful of espresso powder spreads bitterly on the palate, intense walnut aroma rises from the intensifying citrus fruits. Spicy and oily, creamy and bittersweet, the Mortlach exudes its wonderful aroma.
    • Finish
      The Mortlach sticks creamy and oily on the palate, wooden elements exude a bitter and bitter oak aroma, a very subtle note of sulfur lies over the finish. Chocolate and walnuts provide a sweet aroma and leave this Mortlach long in memory.

  21. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    ‘Pick ’n’ mix’
    N: Decay! I learnt [and remembered] that smell from the nosing set at Dornoch castle, although stumbling across a large pile of deer carcasses on the Isle of Jura one autumn was on another, unfortunately unforgettable level of decay. Anyway, back to life - this Mortlach has decay on a ‘funky level’ - a lot like [independent] Clynelish can be, and with a wide flavour profile. Many sugars [pectin, candy, molasses, sherry, sugar cane,..], and plenty of spices too [dry & steeped], vegetal, floral, grassy crops, a little dairy, lemon curd, numerous woods [types, finishes and treatments], some meatiness, nuttiness also,… pick ’n’ mix!
    T: Sweet decay and plenty of sweet=sour cream - sign of age. Moves towards a sweet, nutty-vegetal chew with fruits developing later - boozy, ripe, fruits thrown in a sherry punch bowl. Marzipan into the finish.
    F: Marzipan to liquorice & mint. After a few days I’m picking up caramel-chocolate notes but its notes of Madeira [and maybe a little Fino] sherry that are firmest. Plenty of controlled wood yet with tannins at the read and some oily crisps on the finish - but on the whole, not too distracting.
    C: By its very nature a mixed bag, of treats in the main - not altogether harmonious but certainly expressive. This could be a ‘gateway’ malt for those looking for a step up from standard [supermarket] bottlings, given its speak-easy yet colourful character and competitive price at £80 [July ’16] - although it’s no match for the similarly priced An Cnoc 22yo WB

    Scores a B-

  22. Bosi scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    The 21 years this whisky does not really recognize, indicates an optimizable Fasspolitik. Nevertheless, the distillery character comes through and the whisky is well worth its money.
    • Nose
      The nose offers, despite the bright color, distinct sherry notes of dried fruit and dark spice. There are also strong citrus notes, oak and a slightly fleshy fragrance.
    • Taste
      The first mouthfeel is quite dry, with a flavor similar to the flavor. Later follow dark chocolate, vanilla and honey.
    • Finish
      The finish is longer than expected at 43% with traces of gingerbread, marinated steaks and some tobacco in the end.

  23. Butz75 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  24. ApricotOne scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  25. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is not a very expressive whisky but it’s rather restrained and delicate. At the start it is quite spirit driven (although it is bottled with only 43%). But after some time in the glass (and warming it slightly in your hands) that starts to fade to reveal the more delicate sherry and dried fruit flavours. A wee drop of water can help you to open up this dram but be careful as it seems to drown quickly.
    All in all a nice delicate whisky with an old-fashioned feel to it.
    • Nose
      A delicate, light, elegant and wel balanced whisky with aromas of delicate sweet sherry, honey, vanilla, red apple, pear, milk chocolate, toffee, subtle spices (allspice, white pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), calvados, nutty tones (walnuts?), hint of lemon zest, dried fruits (raisin, fig, subtle dates, plums), savory tones (roasted ham), crème brûlée, unripe banana, hint of coffee, hint of sulphur and subtle creamy oak.
    • Taste
      A delicate, creamy, fresh and balanced whisky with aromas of acacia honey, fatty vanilla, delicate creamy sherry, caramel, tannins, backing spices (cinnamon, sweet clove, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper), candied ginger, lemon juice, citrus peels, subtle hint of smoke (toasted oak), walnut, earthy tones, dried fruits (sultanas, fig, plum), apricots, subtle sulphur, hay, resin, hint of aniseeds, delicate beeswax, hint of mint and old oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of subtle sweet sherry, ginger, tea, vanilla, unripe mango, acacia honey, subtle spices, creamy oak and bitter dry tannins.

  26. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Berrysaki scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nice whisky for a dram on warmer days.
    • Nose
      For it's age, it smells very young. Quite oaky, vanilla and a lot of alcohol in the nose. On the background there are hints of green banana, lemon peel and glue.
    • Taste
      Sweet, candy, fruity, vanilla, surrounded with the alcohol.
    • Finish
      Short finish (approx. 10 sec.). After 10 seconds the oak stays for a while.

  28. Daan Tje scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  29. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    After the second tasting, it is clear to me: This Mortlach has a great nose. Taste and finish are "British understatement" of the highest quality. Really great. Gets better with time.
    Edit2: This finish is just delicious. I do not know any better. Edit 3: Must correct the points a bit down. The finish is still great, nose and taste convince me but not too much. I prefer the 15's from G & M.
    • Nose
      again this muff, which is so great at Mortlach, but this time it remotely reminds of sulfur; Citrus fruits and bright apples; slight oak tones; light vanilla and a little salt;
    • Taste
      very oily and sweet, vanilla and honey; very full of flavor only a very slight, pleasant tingle in the mouth, again citrus and a hint of sherry; to a nice spice from the oak
    • Finish
      medium in length, but extremely supple and elegant. Oak and vanilla; In the mouth remains a pleasant tingling with a slight oak note and a very great sweetness back; If you think that is gone, the oak comes once again more subtle and taps on the palate

  30. Achany scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    wonderful, elegant stuff. sweet, sherry and super fine finish. give it time during the tasting and you will be rewarded. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. lupowolf63 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  33. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, raisins, vanilla, sherry, mint
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, vanilla, bananas, cocoa, black pepper
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, nutty

  34. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This one is a tad below the Flora & Fauna, because it's not as complex. That doesn't have to be a problem, since it is a lovely whisky filled with flavour. You can find it for about £65 pounds, which is a bit more expensive than the 16yo F&F was. But compared to the £180 you'll have to pay for a 50cl bottle of the new 18yo, it is peanuts.
    • Nose
      A feint sherry influence with citrus, apple, sweet barley and wood spice. A bit of a one-dimensional nose.
    • Taste
      I wrote 'Wow! Blast of flavours!' in my little notebook. When I went back to my review of the 16yo F&F I found that I wrote something similar: 'An explosion of flavours'. Where the 21yo differs is that it is more smoky. Not in the peaty way, but in a smoked bbq-sauce way. It's not as full-bodied as its younger brother, but it does have that meaty character. There's also an unexpected floral note.
    • Finish
      A little shorter than I would've liked. More wood spice, smoke and a bit of pepper.

  37. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  38. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Medium heavy aromas open with a good purity, aromas of

    juicy esters, sugar, spices and a hint of calvados, Commice pear and apple peel.

    On the

    palate is full and rich taste of sherry to find, walnut, oak and dried fruits

    with a hint of resin and hay. The long finish is smooth and soft with notes of apple

    blossom and raisins.

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