Gordon & MacPhail – Mortlach 1954/2012

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Recently WhiskySpeller received a lovely package with samples of the Gordon & MacPhail Speyside Collection. First one I am taking a closer look at is the Mortlach 1954 bottling. If you like to see what Thomas though on this dram please then check out his review here. This Mortlach expression in the #SpeysideCollection is distilled on the 27th of January 1954, matured in first fill Sherry butt #494 and bottled at an age of 58 on the 20th of November 2012 at 43%. 

Notes of beeswax, honey, toffee, ginger, gooseberry, fresh cranberry, dark and red berries, blackcurrant, red and green apples, vanilla, raisins, passion fruit, orange marmalade, coffee and rye bread on the nose. Soft baking spices, allspice, coriander seeds, white pepper and caraway seeds mixing in with a elder flower syrup, dried banana, heathery dryness and some earthiness. A very dense nose with a good array of different flavours.

The palate is filled with warm spices, heather honey, clovers, rose pedals, dried fruits, red apples, toffee, banana and ginger cake, vanilla, raisins, dark chocolate, dried cranberry, cassis, raspberry, strawberry, breakfast cereal and Christmas cake. There is a good dose of waxiness combined with fresh and dried fruits going on in this whisky making it almost chewy. Thick syrupy sweetness with a hint of orange, mint and lemon freshness to it on the good length finish. Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for sharing this lovely dram!

Curious to read more of this collection? Check out my notes on the Smith’s Glenlivet 1948Strathisla 1953Mortlach 1954Longmorn 1967Linkwood 1972 and Glen Grant 1949speyside-whiskies


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