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Mortlach 1939 GM Generations

Overall rating
94.00/100
votes
23
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Vintage
17.09.1939
Bottled
02.09.2015
Stated Age
75 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2475
Number of bottles
100
Strength
44.4 % Vol.
Size
10 ml 700 ml
Label
Final Release
Added on
02 Sep 2015 8:46 pm by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 30089,46

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3 Notes

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
14 Oct 2015 10:41 am

Serge from Whiskyfun says:


Mortlach 75 yo 1939/2014 (44.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Generations, first fill sherry butt, cask #2475, 100 bottles) Most certainly the oldest whisky ever bottled! There already was a 70 yo back in 2010 (WF 88) but three quarters of a century may be more symbolic an age by Scottish standards (but that’s not that rare in armagnac.) I find this tear-shaped decanter pretty lovely with its art-déco feeling, you would imagine that pre-war Bugattis or Hispanos were fitted this kind of bottle in their bars. And old cognac. Oh, and I should add that I had also tried the Mortlach 1939 50yo by G&M a few years back, and that I had found it superb (WF 91). Now let’s try to answer the only worthy question regarding this new 75 yo that was launched in September: is this baby still alive or not? Colour: bright gold, not dark at all.

Nose: it’s the freshness that’s pretty impressive, the first thing that springs to my mind is a mirabelle pie sprinkled with cinnamon and almond powder. There are wild herbs as well, perhaps rather sage, and saponin, then palm oil, perhaps shea butter… Reminds me of mid-1970s suntan lotion. Remember Piz Buin? Also fresh hazelnuts, and green oranges, with a faint metallic touch (silverware polish). And also a little menthol, as almost always with very old spirits. Mouth: fresh herbs again! That’s good news, it did not get drying, neither is it tea-ish or oaky as such, even if these herbal notes do probably come from the wood. I also find quite a lot of grapefruit and lemon, rather amazingly, which makes it surprisingly fresh. Also a touch of green banana, which combines well with the lemon, and gives this baby a much unexpected tropical side. Good body, just a wee tad light, but that’s normal. Finish: even more tropical! Pineapples this time, and a distinct lemon balm. The aftertaste is a little more drying, with some tea this time. Some kind of zesty wulong? Comments: an uncommon style, never fragile, with an oak that never gets in your way. While the almondy side was to be expected, the tropical fruits are the stars here. But they’re unusual tropical fruits, not quite like in, say a 1972 Clynelish or a 1976 Benriach. Worth trying really, perhaps do a bottle share or something? The price is not that high given the rarity and the age – and the fact that it’s the current record-holder as far as ages and Scotch are concerned. Around £20,000 a decanter, that’s only £571 per 2cl, so an Apple Watch. Who needs an Apple Watch? SGP:571 - 90 points.

cavalier66
Expert Senior cavalier66 Note
07 Oct 2015 3:43 pm
cavalier66 gave this whisky 93 points

Brief notes from The Whisky Show 2015 tasting:

some resin (tomato plant/cannabis), very fresh, gentle entry, fruits (pear and apple), verbena, salt - not at all over wooded, complexity for sure but the overwhelming impression is freshness.
An amazing whisky that has kept fresh and vibrant despite a lifetime in wood!
93 points
gooos
Expert Senior gooos Note
04 Sep 2015 10:50 am

Would be awesome to be able to taste this once - in the meantime the official tasting notes:

Mortlach 75 Years Old 44.4% (1939)

Appearance: Mid-amber, with rubious lights.

Aroma (Nat. Str.):Fresh and clean; very slight nose prickle: still lively. A highly perfumed, floral top note – lily of the valley, barber’s shop, scented hand cream, soft leather lady’s dress handbag – with a fruity complex in the middle (dried figs, pomegranate, ripe pear. Peach juice); creamy vanilla (Crème Anglaise), even vanilla fudge, and a faint trace of coffee in the background.

Aroma (@30% Vol):Water reduces the floral notes with scented oil (bath oil? Teak oil?), increases the soft leather note and dries out the aroma somewhat (warm sanded hardwood).

Taste (Nat. Str.):Sweet to start, but not as sweet as expected; considerable fresh acidity and slightly mouth drying. Bitter almonds. A most unusual trace of hemp ropes and very faded creosote, lending a slight smokiness. A medium-length finish, leaving an attractive aftertaste of sandalwood.

Taste (@30% Vol)Lightly sweet; slightly oily texture; mouth drying; then slightly bitter finish. Some spice across the tongue. Warming, even at this lower strength.

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry Butt.

Comment: A most unusual taste – never before encountered. Smooth and highly sophisticated – elegant as a grande dame – the Ingrid Bergman of malts!

http://www.gordonandmacphail.com/gordon-macphail-generations-2012/gordon-macphail-new-generations/mortlach-75-years-old-tasting-note.html

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