Mortlach / Gordon & MacPhail

Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) Review

Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) I had this thought in my head recently that i hadn't really had a lot of Mortlach, but then i checked out my reviews and actually I've had a fair amount of the Beast of Dufftown over the years but this 31 year old dram, matured in an refill sherry hogshead really has sparked my interest.

This is a huge dram, most definitely the Beast of Dufftown, meaty, toffee (actually Treacle toffee) the thick chewy, sticks to everything in your mouth toffee, then leather and unroasted green coffee beans, greengages (which reminds me of my Gran who used to love these) and flat coca cola (without the sweetness) which i know is an odd note, but its got an aromatic leaf and vanilla type note in here.

I knew this was likely to be a pretty nice dram but i wasn't expecting it to be the experience that it is. If you can find this go grab one, find a sample, buy a dram in a bar, it's massive.

Looks like this is sold out everywhere, drop me a line if you see it available.

Thanks to Gordon & MacPhail for the Official Sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


Oh wow this is something a bit powerful! From a first sniff i can't believe this is refill cask as the nose is huge and filled with big chewy flavours, thick treacle toffees, well done steak with butchers spice rub, some rubbery prunes (but good rubber not bad burnet rubber), well worn leather, hints of green coffee beans and a hint of coca cola without the sweetness.


Well the palate matches the nose then! This is HUGE, that well worn leather is back again, along with big chewy treacle toffees ... Thick and chewy, some green notes, those green coffee beans and a hint of greengages, theres a slight rubbery note again, but it's not cheap rubber (hope that makes sense)


Massive toffee, thick and chewy, still chewing it minutes later, more of those coca cola notes

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Mortlach 1987 Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
Age: 1987 Vintage
ABV: 54.00
Distiller: Mortlach
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside
Posted: 22/02/2019 by Tom

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