Review #1251 – Mortlach 19yr Gordon & MacPhail 1994 Cask #8172

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Mortlach, and bottled by Gordon MacPhail. Distilled in 1994, this expression was bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering in 2014, after being matured in a sherry butt.

Review #1251 | Scotch Review #432

Distiller: Mortlach

Bottler: Gordon MacPhail

Selection: Binnys

ABV: 58.4% ABV

Age: 19 Years


Nose: Sweet toffee, honey, nougat, pralines, amaretto and syrupy fruits. Dates, currant, rich syrupy grape, some cherry. Very sweet, pungently sherried.

Taste: Thick, rich, and very flavorful. Lots of syrupy blackberry and currant, pipe tobacco, oak and toffee. There is some heat, but nothing crazy. Lots of sweet dessert notes balance well with strong oak body and musty pipe tobacco.

Finish: Long, sweet and rich. Pipe tobacco, oak, honey, grapes and currants. There’s some nuttiness here, some amaretto, but overall its a syrupy fruit bomb.

Overall: Really decadent, really complex, without leaning into the cloyingly sweet category. Really phenomenal.

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Rank: 8


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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