Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Vintage
1st Fill Sherry Butts
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Dec 2015 4:12 pm by rottendon

Average value

€ 694,23

20 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

21 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Mortlach 1971 GM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.36 points

  1. mr.p9 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. stefsel111 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I already liked it, but all the sherry bombs GM bottlings are not my style ...
    • Nose
      Dark toffee, orange peel and berry fruit, old wooden chest of drawers, a little leather, a hint of menthol is also there, looks quite bitter, raisins and dates, panna cotta, dried kitchen herbs
    • Taste
      Quite strong, surprising for the GM bottlings, culinary herbs, coffee, tannins and distinct oak, some chilli, dark chocolate and walnuts, the mint from the nose comes back, dry leather
    • Finish
      Dry-bitter, unsurprisingly, falls most of the time, has just the oak, the dark chocolate and some of the herbs and mint still

  4. Ra_Di scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow, what a taste experience! The nose is a dream, an almost infinite variety of flavors rise from the nose. The taste is partly reflected in the nose, but the taste is more influenced by intense woody aromas. A minty freshness is above the entire tasting, only the finish a little disappointed. A great old Mortlach, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Deep dark and intense amber shimmers in the glass, tough and oily streaks stick endlessly to the glass wall. Dark dried fruits rise creamy from the glass, sweet creamy caramel mixes with greasy butter while orange peel and apricots smell the same. A subtle peppermint aroma is becoming more intense, grapefruit aromas and a hint of citrus fruit penetrate the fruity mint. A subtle leather aroma is created, herbs join to the fine peppermint aroma, old wood notes bring more and more leather to the fore. Lemon balm and dark berries mix to a wonderfully fruity and fresh aroma. I can not satiate my nose, every moment I discover new flavors. Now I imagine I notice a slightly greasy note ...
    • Taste
      Wow, the first sip develops a minty and fresh woody aroma, subtle spiciness becomes immediately more intense and Chilli now heats up the palate. Old, austere and bitter wood elements follow the sharpness. At the second sip the mint, herbs, chilli and now more woody spicy dominate again. A big gulp of strong and freshly brewed coffee spills over the tongue, old and fully ripe walnuts follow the intense coffee aroma. A touch of wet leather rises from the bitter wood and mixes with coffee powder. Herbs and fine mint leave a fresh aroma in the mouth area.
    • Finish
      Relatively discreet and unspectacular begins the departure. Tart and slightly spicy wood tones sound out, a slight peppermint flavor is still in the air. Slightly resinous wood comes to the end of the departure to the fore, the subtle herbal and mint note remains medium in memory.

  6. Murxus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    90/91 pts.
    @rottendon: I don´t think it´s far from cask strength after ca 44y. Nice to read your notes! The longer the dram stays in glass the more deepness evolves, that´s the fascinating thing about slow and long time processed whisky.

  7. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    It takes some time in the glass, definitely several sipes and should not be too small, then results in a balanced, very interesting and well-balanced overall picture. I guess that was the right time to get him out of the barrel. Although it may not have been much dilution, it is a pity that you have not let him the barrel strength. Maybe that would have been the step to something very special ...
    • Nose
      Raisins and sherry immediately, fat and buttery. The next thing that develops is a delicate, slightly salty, sweaty note. Slowly a little leather comes up, as well as fairground sweets and some mint. After a while, there is a strong brandy note, then the aroma is incredibly dense and full, crème brulée, a lot of butter and a few dried herbs. The nose looks a lot younger than 44 years. Even citrus notes are clearly present, the old barrel notes are also there, but just very discreet. As he gets warmer, there are a few notes, and sherry tones become clearer. Dried apricots and dates on panna cotta, with chestnuts swirled in butter. Then herbs and leather again, also camphor. A complex and balanced nose, the alcohol tickles the nostrils from time to time. The best thing is the still rich buttery, sweet note, which remains for hours in the empty glass.
    • Taste
      Very powerful in the mouth, and hardly sweet, but a lot of coffee with clear barrel acid. A short chili-catch and again herbal notes. Now he clearly shows his age. From the second sip is also the beefy available. Very complex, hard to sort. Despite only 43%, it has a pleasant consistency in the mouth and does not look too thinned. However, with the waxiness of the official notes I can not serve.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long, with mint and lots of tannins, not too bitter, still quite complex. It leaves a sweet-nutty memory on the tongue for much longer, which continuously maintains the flow of saliva.


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2018

Forgot your password?