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05 Aug 2011

Mortlach 1936 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Mortlach

There are several versions of this Mortlach 1936 bottled by Gordon & MacPhail. It’s one of the youngest I could find, other bottlings are 45 or even 50 years old. G&M released an impressive amount of 1930’s Mortlach over the years.

 

Mortlach 1936 G&MMortlach 35 yo 1936 (43%, G&M Connoisseur’s Choice for Pinerolo Import 1972, 75 cl)

Nose: wow, very fragrant. The more ‘direct’ notes are those of old leather, coal smoke, prunes and library dust. There’s a sherried fruitiness, with fruit compote and plum jam, but it’s pushed aside by this lovely pre-war style of coals, herbs and oils. I couldn’t possibly mention everything, but I also noted eucalyptus, pine resin, fruit cake, camphor, tobacco, herbal liqueur, raspberry ganache, mint, cedar, caramelized sugar… All of this on a background of typical 1940′s-1950′s blend notes. Mouth: the first thing that struck me was “babelutte”, a kind of hard butter toffee typical for the Belgian coast. Quite spectacular. Then the other notes appear: smoke, wax, sultanas, almonds, mint, red fruit gums, Turkish delight… It keeps developing on toffee / mocha / chocolate notes, really great. Hardly any oak, hardly any bitter notes, no dryness whatsoever – rather perfect. Maybe a few metallic notes but very few considering it spent nearly 40 years in glass. Actually it’s an asset here. Finish: really long, with smoke and soft resin. Hints of tea as well.

It doesn’t require an elaborate conclusion to know this was exceptional. Pre-war whisky, from directly fired stills, with old-style sherry and smoke harmoniously mixed. Try to taste this kind of whisky before it’s gone forever! Value of the bottle: not sure, around € 1000? Heartfelt thanks Johannes.

Score: 95/100

Mortlach 1936 (Gordon & MacPhail) 5 Ruben Luyten 2011-08-05
  • http://sjoerd972.wordpress.com Sjoerd de Haan

    Wow. Just, wow.

  • http://www.whiskyisrael.co.il Gal Granov

    OMG, OMFG!
    1936

  • Pentium

    Wow, this bottling must be incredible!

  • Johannes

    Glad You liked it!

    I have tried this one 5-10 times. It is so good. I swapped The last 2 cl away last day.

    Around €1100-1200.

  • Fredrik

    I can only agree that this is a spectacular whisky. I’m so grateful to Johannes for getting the chance to taste this. To date the best whisky I’ve tried.

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