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Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

(70cl, 43%)

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

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Mortlach 15 G&M Bottling Note

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is rich with cereal sweetness and warm barley. Apple blossom rises without effort and notes of malmsey and stewed fruits and Christmas punch emerge with spice and muffin. The palate is quite full and quite sweet. The cereal notes return with a syrupy texture. Shades of sherried sultanas and notes of freshly cut fruit salad, hints of toasty oak with obligatory vanilla spice and peppery warmth. The finish is long with the fruit and spice rising readily from the oak.

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Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail) Reviews


The finest I have ever tasted. The wee witchee is great this is better

The 2.8 distilling makes it smooth like Irish. The sherry cask makes it rich

A perfect Carmel finish that coats the mouth

Nectar of the gods!!!

24th March 2019

Lighter bodied

I felt it to be a bit bland compared to Balvenie Doublewood 12. Very smooth, long finish. Has a bit of a caramelly taste to me. Was a gift, enjoyable.

1st August 2018

A true value and pleasure from amongst the Speyside offerings

I live in Kyiv, Ukraine (American expat) and we have access to a good bit of the G&M special bottlings through our Good Wine store. The Mortlach 15 is all that it should be silky, smooth, good oak with a hint of caramel, a long finish. Superb taste and value in single malts. Most enjoyable. We visited Speyside region in August 2016 and are planning a return trip soon.

6th May 2017


While I was in Edinburgh, a whisky salesman talked me into purchasing a bottle. What a great buy. Of all the scotches that I've tasted I really thought this was the best. I don't understand the 2 reviews about the sulphuric taste and smell but I will say I've had a bad bottle of Balvenie out of the many that I've purchased.

2nd December 2016


The best Speyside single malt ever tested. Very good dram.

15th June 2016

Good stuff!

Very tasty and priced extremely well.

15th May 2016

Fantastic dram

Amazing dram. Fantastic on the nose and great on the palate. A true all round experience for an amazing price.

23rd March 2016

Loved it

I was very happy with this purchase. Someone said sulfur? No sulfur here. Tasted it with Macallan. The Mortlach was superior. I'm going to get another bottle if I can.

21st November 2015


Recommended by Strachan's of Aboyne and glad I am that they did - I love big spicy, deeply caramely speysides - this is just the ticket for an end of night dram or two after an evening out perhaps with a partagas d4

7th May 2015

Unique Experience

Nose: Wagyu tartar, pineapple upside down cake, nutmeg, pumpkin custard, rainier cherries, plum blossoms...toasted malt reminiscent of olden days, honey, cloves. Palate: Very sweet! Also spicy, and somewhat salty and savory...Gingerbread men, vanilla frosted spice cake, nutmeg, marshmallow topped yams, maraschino cherries, fruitcake (a good thing here)...eucalyptus, wintergreen, hints of citrus, cream. High quality copper pot still qualities are evident. Despite such sweetness, somehow a nice balance is achieved. Richly complex and full of character. Long finish. Very unique, perhaps too sweet for some. Great price!

14th March 2015

Great Stuff Aside from Mild Sulphur Issues

Admittedly there is often a bit of a sulphur problem on the nose that somewhat stunts the enjoyability - but a tiny drop of water really helps dispel it. The palate is gorgeous with buttered bread, ginger, and fruit salad. This is a great everyday single malt that I'm always up for and well-priced. Only drawback is the sulphur but it's a mild flaw not a deal-breaker in my opinion.

12th January 2015

Excellent malt

Really lovely rich malty palate. Very nice oak on nose and finish.

1st May 2014

bad sulphur taint

The nose smells of spent fireworks and sulphur, almost like heated snot. If you like sulphur notes in a sherried whisky, then this is perfect. If not, do not buy.

23rd April 2014

Not for me

Was really looking forward to tasting this one, but found myself unimpressed and disapointed.

The nose is not particularly pleasant, has an unpleasant off note about it, almost fishy like smell in the background.
Taste and development improves the initial impression somewhat, but this dram does not do the business for me at all.
Thin arrival, little happening before going leathery and fishy (again) on the finish.
It's better than it sounds, but still far from a good whisky.

It could be that got a bad bottle, but I'm still left with a poor impression this bottling/version of Mortlach and will not be buying any more of it.
Thumbs down from me on this one.

22nd March 2014

Not feeling it

I want to get used to this as I think the Mortlach 16 is among the finest, but the christmas spices are a bit too overwhelming for my taste in this one. The Masters of Malt notes are indeed spot on, I highly recommend if that's your thing.

2nd September 2013

Looooong finish

Nice and very long finish : if you like this feeling on whiskies, try this one !
This quality bottling is a good value for the price.

12th June 2013

Grows on you

I bought this at the same time as Glen Garioch 12-year. I preferred the Glen Garioch initially, but this keeps growing on me. Re-read the Tasting Notes by the Chaps at the Master of Malt. Spot on. I'm a US consumer; for $65 US, this is a bargain.

15th January 2013

best speyside you can buy for the money

I have a good selecton of speyside malts some less some more expensive but this my favourite (top marks to g& m ) again .

15th April 2012

the best smokeless Whisky ever

Although wasted in creating J Walker my affection for Mortlach has blossomed into a love affair

invest today you will not be disappointed

29th December 2010

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