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   Mortlach 70 Year Old / 1938

     The world's oldest single malt!
    70cl / 46.1%  -  Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

In March 2010, Gordon & Macphail released the oldest whisky in the world. Distilled at Mortlach Distillery in Dufftown on the 15th of October 1938 this unique and exceptionally rare Single Malt Scotch Whisky is bottled at natural cask strength (46.1%), having been patiently matured for 70 years in a first fill sherry hogshead.

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes by Charles MacLean

The colour of sun-bleached polished mahogany.

A mellow nose, at once waxy and fruity; candlewax to the fore initially, which becomes snuffed candle (a thread of smoke), with Maraschino cherries in Madeira cake behind, and after a while an orangey citric note – fresh and juicy, becoming apricot jam. Flaked almonds and whin flowers, becoming light coconut oil.

Surprisingly lively tasted straight. A smooth, waxy mouth feel; a sweetish start becoming moderately dry, but not overly-tannic. Dried fig and tobacco notes, and an intriguing light smokiness. A long finish and, for the first time, a hint of planed hardwood in the aftertaste. With a teaspoon of water, the smooth texture is  enhanced. The fresh, light sweetness becoming pleasantly sour (‘Soor Plooms’), with sooty smoke in the finish.

Remarkable! No trace of wood or must or bung cloth– a delicate, fresh, vital, fruity whisky, but with unusual attributes of waxiness and smokiness – uncommon today,
more usual before the 1960s.


Experts have long considered Mortlach “Top Class”. Released under the “Generations” range, the cask containing the Mortlach 70 Years Old passed through three generations of the Urquhart family before the decision was taken to finally bottle its precious contents. Just 54 full size decanters were yielded from the cask.


There is truth in the old adage: “the wood makes the whisky”.This Mortlach 1938 was filled into a Spanish oak, ex-bodega sherry hogshead – universally acknowledged to be the best wood for so rich a whisky.

The new-make spirit from Speyside’s Mortlach Distillery was filled into the cask on 15th October 1938. Exactly 70 years later, the decision was made to carefully empty the cask and bottle the contents.

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Gordon & Macphail
Mortlach 1938 Cask


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