Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Score: 96 points
One of the four Private Collection Ultra releases in late 2014 to mark the transition between the third and fourth generations of Urquhart family members at Gordon & MacPhail. This ex-Sherry hogshead is the final cask of 1951 Mortlach in the G&M inventory, and was selected by retired Joint Managing Director David Urquhart and his twin sons Stuart (the company’s Whisky Supply Manager) and Richard (G&M Export Sales Executive). Only 61 bottles were produced.
The nose is reminiscent of the 70-year-old 1940 Mortlach Gordon & MacPhail released in 2009 – fruity and vibrant with notes of orange, mango, passion fruit, hints of molasses, figs, raisins, and a whiff of fresh almonds. The taste starts off soft and gentle, but opens up with a burst of orange and mango, a touch of smoke, and notes of clove and licorice. The finish is mouth-watering, fruity, fresh, and long. Wow! (October, 2014)