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Overall rating
93.92/100
votes
27
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 8:11 pm by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 30212.48

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Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1939 GM Generations

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.92 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What is surprising here is how fresh it is at 75 years old, good balance on show here, this must have been a superb cask to last this long.
    What I did not detect was any meaty notes that some old Mortlachs have but that is for the better in my view, this certainly shows that old Mortlachs that are not heavily sherried are better than the heavy meaty ones.
    So this is what the oldest whisky ever bottled tastes like, hats off to G&M.
    Now I will compare it to a 1936 50 year G&M.
    • Nose
      94 94
      What I call elegant, for its age I was expecting more wood on the nose.

      There is a mix of yellow plum, a little dark honey, mango, orange jelly (like what is in a Jaffa cake).

      After 5 minutes in the glass some cake notes emerge and there is the mere faintest hint of peat smoke but you really have to look for it with a little more time hints of grapefruit and something like a dried green herb smell, not sure what, possibly dried sage??????
      No off note, nice mix of flavours.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Creamy and really lively and not woody on first taste , can you believe that after 75 years.
      The fruits and everything really are in the background with the cream angle at the front, there is a faint hint of pineapple, grapefruit & plum but they take time to come through.
      Seems to get more fruit as the time passes and some sherbet fizz which I really like.
      There is a fresh brioche note and some dried fruit peels
      Gets slightly syrupy which is really good and more spice comes in but it is actually peat that you are tasting that has been lurking in the background all this time
    • Finish
      91 91
      Longer than expected, getting dry which is to be expected and more pastry notes on the tail with finally a slight bitterness from the wood but at this age I will not knock it down

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This cask is an ex bodega Spanish oak cask and the last cask from any distillery G&M had left that was laid down in the 1930`s, any future aged releases like this with be from the 1940`s.

  3. 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.

  4. cavalier66 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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

  5. gooos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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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