Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15 Years Old
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Mortlach Distillery
- Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Distillery Labels
- ABV: 40%
- Cost: £40
What they say
- Colour Dark Golden.
- Style Sweet and sherried.
- Cask Type Refill Sherry casks.
Official tasting notes:
- Aroma Initially sweet, fresh, and fragrant with a distinct malty nose. Citrus elements develop – fresh orange peel. Well rounded.
- Taste More subtle sweetness with hints of candied fruits. A rounded Sherry edge is evident and some raisin and sultana notes emerge.
- Aroma with Water Malty and fresh on the nose with a subtle sweetness present; defined Sherry influences and a hint of chocolate and orange linger in the background.
- Taste with Water Light and very delicate with a subtle malty edge with a rounded Sherry influence and a hint of vanilla. Slightly mouth warming. Body Light to medium. Finish Long and delicate.
What I say
Bought for me as a present by my better half, tired of listening to me rave on and on about the Mortlach 16 Years Old Flora and Fauna as one of my favourite whiskies. This expression is a year younger and possibly has slightly less sherry influence.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Golden bronze.
- Nose: Delicate malted barley, suede leather tannins, a little fresh wood or sawdust and strawberry jam.
- Taste: Lightly sweet and prickly spicy this has flavours of brambles, grape/raisin, all spice, drying suede, brown sugar and nutmeg
- Finish: Medium, slightly sweet and spicy, drying oak wood then juicy fruits to round off.
Would I buy it again? – That is a hard decision, the Mortlach 16YO F&F is to me like Christmas in a bottle. This 15YO bottling is a little younger, fresher and oakier but still carries many of the Mortlach distillate elements. If the F&F does become rarer or pricier this is a potential alternative, however it doesn’t quite hit the exact flavour notes and intensities of its older brother but it is just as complex and refined. I think if these were side-by-side on the shop shelf I would reach for the Flora and Fauna nearly every time. Reassuringly however this bottle encourages me that not only are Mortlach distillery doing something majorly right in the way they produce their whisky but Gordon & MacPhail are also achieving near-perfection in their cask-maturation and bottling regime. This is still an outstanding whisky for the price on the bottle.
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