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Overall rating
94.00/100
votes
64
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
Vintage
27.01.1954
Bottled
21.11.2012
Stated Age
58 years old
Casktype
1st fill sherry butt
Casknumber
494
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 Apr 2014 2:29 pm by Mr.Sandwich
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2798,00

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64 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1954 GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2018]  It is Easter weekend so it is time for some special drams, this year I selected some rare vintages from Gordon&MacPhail out of their Speyside Collection.  No, I did not buy these expensive bottles as their price is simply absurd for a drinker (not sure if it is justified for a collector or investor either, but that is another story).  So I just bought a sample of this methusalem dram...     

    The colour is tawny and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that builds medium tears with very slow legs (a fine oiliness, for sure).  The nose needs quite some time to fully enfold but then it offers an adorable old school sherry profile of the finest kind.  All the different sherry-induced aromas are there in a balanced combination with the maltiness of the Mortlach spirit and the spices from the wood.  This is sherry maturation at its best - not too dominant (despite 58 years in the cask), truly complex and without any single off-note.  Simply a perfect cask, well done G&M!  It arrives charming and nicely coating in the mouth with just a minor adstringent feeling from the tannins (actually, this is neglectable for a 58-years old dram).  The taste is layered and chewable, it offers dozens of different flavours in a close-to-perfection harmony if you chew it long enough.  Again not a single flaw that I can detect.  The finish is long and adds even more (dark) chocolatey flavours that are very delicious.  No bitter or adstringent moments here, the wood is just about right.  Some water flattens the nose (very unusual) but smoothes and enriches both the taste and finish without increasing the bitter tannic side of the sherry maturation (what often happens with heavily sherried drams).  So I like to nose it neat and prefer to drink it a little reduced (what is fine as this increases the yield of the sample).

    This is a great old school sherry maturation, something that probably is lost forever due to the different practices and targets of both the sherry bodegas and the whisky industry today.  A delicious dram and if you can afford it, go for it (depending on your pockets buy a sample or a bottle).   As a drinker I am willing to pay up to 500 Euro for a bottle of this quality (you could buy such bottles for even less bucks not long ago, but unfortunately these times are gone, too)...

    PS:  By the way, this bottling was done from a first fill sherry butt no. 494 that yielded 347 bottles (according to G&M).  The price was not as silly as today's price point is (back upon its release in 2012).
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I love it. I need something like that! Insanely great! 93 points.
    • Nose
      Very intense and powerful, the whisky flows into the nose. Sweet cherry, slightly cherry juice in a wooden barrel. Heavy sherry, sweet leather. Herbs float behind and chocolate. Very slowly, the herbs make their place and crowd in the foreground. Black tea (dried), pipe tobacco (dried and not lit). In addition comes prune. Lovage and some matches that are reminiscent of a match that has just been lit are in the background. The oak tingles in the nose.
      PS: The whisky takes time and does not open until many minutes!
    • Taste
      There happens a lot. First bitter herbs, but then comes the sweet cherry and the prunes. The mouth is filled with sticky cherry chocolate. A mixture of dryness and sweet fruit spreads in the mouth. Tobacco sometimes comes through and old leather. The rejuvenation is also characterized by this fascinating mixture of dryness and sweetness.
    • Finish
      Dark fruit and slightly kräutriges leather stick for ages on the palate - and I glue my!

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Phew, difficult to judge, I'm probably well below 2P average, eigtl I like Mortlach and the dirty one with them, but I was somehow too dry and in his notes almost a tad over it, think 5-7 years less I would have been interested.
    • Nose
      Needs a lot of air, is first a locked wall of dry walnut and dusty dresser, then opens in typical dirty toned Mortlachnoten, bitter orange, crushed berries, some BBQ smoke but far behind, engine oil, autumn leaves, dark leather and chocolate powder mixed with gunpowder, old tobacco box, mahogany chest, lovage, cumin, clove, cardamom, black tea and black bread as well
    • Taste
      Earl-Gray tea, autumn leaves and damp tobacco in the mouth, dry raisins and bitter orange, grapefruit, black tea, black bread again and cumin, cardamom and the old leather, dried grasses are also in between, the lovage that some do not like, forest soil and liquorice sweets
    • Finish
      Somewhat strangely dry with both tea and coffee impressions, some humid hay or grass, cumin, thyme and bitter, already slightly dusty chocolate, long

  4. theroachman did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com wrote on 2016-08-17:

    Mortlach 1954/2012 (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, Rare Vintage, first fill sherry butt, cask #494, 347 bottles) With the traditional ‘eagle label’. That is right, this baby’s almost sixty years old. An earlier bottling (in 2008) had been quite balsamic (WF 86). Colour: coffee with a greenish tinge. Nose: you would think you’re nosing an old oloroso, somewhere in Andalucia. Old walnuts, barbecue smoke, mutton suet, old camphor cream, a box of Cuban puros, and roasted chestnuts. The words ‘medicinal tobacco’ springs to mind, but that would be an oxymoron, wouldn’t it. Mouth: hurray! Seriously, I was afraid it would have gotten too dry and cardboardy, but no so, not at all. Eating some tobacco from your untipped Gauloise (you know, adolescence memories), eating chocolate fudge (we used to have a thing called Carambar in France), drinking some old-style very black tea, and crunching ultra-roasted pecan nuts. And coffee beans while we’re at it. Woody yet not dryingly tannic, you cannot expect much more from a 60yo ex-sherry malt whisky, can you. Finish: quite long, and all on coffee, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. Marmalade in the aftertaste, always great in this context. Perhaps Corinth raisins as well. Comments: some miracle in a bottle. And psssst, the price is very fair given the age. SGP:462 - 90 points.

  5. Finlaggan scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    My review can be found here:
    https://themaltdesk.blogspot.dk/2016/08/mortlach-19542012-58yo-gordon-macphail.html

  6. cavalier66 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Brief impression from The Whisky Show 2015 verticale:

    A more savoury, bitter and bovril like quality to this one compared to the others in the tasting (1938/80s bottling, 12 year old 70s bottling)

    88 points

  7. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Sweet sherry notes appear right at the start, followed by peppermint and a subtle beeswax aroma.

    Palate: Pineapple cubes, pear drops, raisins and some peppery oak notes.

    Finish: A drying, medium length finish.

    Overall: Intense and well aged. Really very special.

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