Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Round Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
50 years old
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Shield Label
Added on
07 Sep 2013 9:48 am

Average value

€ 2583,35

6 × in wishlist

5 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1936 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.00 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    . The Sestante decanters are a different shape to the G&M decanters, not as bulky and importantly a thinner neck and stopper.
    I have heard that this may be different to the book of Kells decanters, it tastes a little different to me but certainly similar and bottled at the same time so I thought it would be roughly the same.
    Most of the Sestante decanters seem to lose less evaporation wise which must have something to do with the size of the neck and overall shape of the decanter, they always appear to have a better fill level.
    Anyway this is excellent, cannot believe that this was in a cask for 50 year and there must be some OBE.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Beautiful, a lovely sherry mixed with plenty of stewed dark fruits, dark jams, cedarwood and dare I say it a hint of the high end bourbon about it,

      There is also a decent does of peat but it is the sherry that is the predominant flavour here, I also get hints of mulled wine, spices and the fruit that springs to mind is blackberry, of course there is some oak in there to and finally hints of menthol.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Is this really only 40%%
      There is a huge blast of peat mixing in with the wood and sherry, there is a slight bitterness.

      There is some smoked meat, pastry, watered down beef stock and then the fruit arrives overripe dark plum, a little fig, dark red apple skins (not the apple itself).
      The sherry starts shouting and actually has a lot of character and there it is that bourbon note that I detected on the nose
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long for 40%, spicy with a hint of peat mixing with the sherry

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    These are results of a 50+ years G&M H2H

    1- Mortlach 1939 75 year 44.4% cask 2475 Generations WB ID 71671
    2 - Mortlach 1936 50 year 40% The Dram Taker’s WB ID 44341
    3 - Longmorn 1961 57 year 40.5% cask 512 Private Collection WB ID 119200
    4 - Pride of Strathspey 1937 50 year 40% The Dram Taker’s WB ID 20507
    5 - Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% cask 2604 Book of Kells WB ID 36055
    6 - Glen Grant 1955 56 year 40% WB ID 30615
    7 - Longmorn 1961 57 year 45% cask 508 Private Collection WB ID 119119

    The nose on the Mortlach is excellent and it was the best overall here , even though it is the oldest whisky ever bottled the price is way too high, similarly the Longmorns are priced in the absurd bracket for the quality of whisky you are getting, most definitely cask 508 and it just goes to show that old is not always better and in that casks case, it is much worse.
    The ratings above are for the overall experience alone, perhaps I should leave price out of this but none of them are worth what you pay at auction today, more so from a shop, the quality/price ratio is worse on some of them, much worse but if you want aged premium whisky you pay a premium, it is to be expected, whether the taste experience lives up to that price is a different ball game altogether.
    Still as H2H go, I really enjoyed this and the nose on the Mortlach 75 is a real gem.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I have just tried the 1939 75 year Mortlach G&M Generations bottle.
    The nose of this 50 year, there is more of it but not as refined or elegant as the 75 year but profile wise there are definitely similarities, the 50 year is more pronounced.
    More peat in the 50 year by a mile and much more spice with some meatiness in there and peat much less fruit in the 50 year compared to the 75year.
    I need to evaluate my score on this one, down one point to 92.
    A bruiser compared to the 75


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