Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice

Mortlach 31 Years Old 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (54%,Gordon & MacPhail, Refill Sherry HH #425, 200 Bottles, 2018)

  • ABV: 54%
  • Age: 31 Years Old
  • Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice, Refill Sherry HH #425, 18/061
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: sold out
  • Origin: Mortlach distillery
  • Vintage: 1987


What they say

REGION Speyside
DISTILLED Thursday, February 5, 1987
BOTTLED Tuesday, July 3, 2018
ABV 54.0%
CASK NO. 425
CASK TYPE Refill Sherry hogshead
OUTTURN 200 bottles
BATCH 18/061

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose A fireside dram; rich Sherry harmonises with stewed raisins, prunes, sticky dates, and cinder toffee. Dark chocolate and liquorice aromas develop.
  • Taste Sumptuous and smooth; warming cinnamon and clove notes linger in the background. Candied orange peel enhances flavours of marzipan covered dark fruitcake.
  • Finish Creamy and lingering; charred oak leads into slightly drying cocoa powder.

What I say

Distilled at Mortlach distillery in Speyside and matured in a refill sherry hogshead #425 for 31 years before bottling in 2018 at 54% ABV.

This post was sponsored by Gordon & MacPhail by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark Auburn (18/20) quick, medium tears and fine legs.
  • Nose: Meaty, sherry, raisin, hints of struck matches/sulphur, black and dark/dried fruits, molasses, woody oak, tobacco, blackberry jam, dark chocolate-covered raisins, plum.
  • Taste: Earthy dark chocolate, toasted rye bread, tobacco, coffee grounds, raisin, plum, blackberry, black coffee, cherry liqueur, charred wood and wood smoke.
  • Finish: Long, raisins, black tea, coffee, malty.


A superbly aged and sherried Mortlach. Has that slightly smoky and fireworks/struck match quality that belies the age and production process of this malt. Overtly sherried but not overly woody, more chewy and earthy along with that smoke. Superb.

Score 90/100

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