[Quick review] Glen Mhor - 1973 Gordon & MacPhail The Recollection 47.2%


Distillery: Glen Mhor

Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail

Age: 49 years old

Distilled: 1973

Bottled: 2023

Cask: Refill Sherry Hogshead

Abv: 47.2%

Unchillfiltered: Yes

Natural Colour: Yes

Nb of bottles: 170

Extra: Cask #85026801 (Part of The Recollection Series 2)

My tasting notes:

Nose: Rich, sweet & spicy, raisin, old oak, wood polish, cocoa powder, dark matured sherry, some herbal notes (menthol, liquorice roots), candied orange peel, walnut, dried cigar leaves, floral hints too, orange blossom, rose and a touch of salt. A little resinous & waxy. Wow!

Palate: Concentrated, rich again, mixture of old oak bookshelves, dark raisins & soy sauce. Gentle oak spice but nothing over the top, hints of black pepper and black tea leaves. Waxy wood polish, citrus (orange / grapefruit) liquorice, black cherry jam, stewed apples. Stunning!

Finish: Drying, long, citrus, oak, vanilla, some hints of menthol reappears, almond.

With water: The nose is fresher with some poached pears and aniseed / orange blossom. The palate is less concentrated & opens up onto more red berries. The finish swaps the hints of menthol for hints of smoke!

What a whisky! For my first experience of Glen Mhor, this is definitely a huge one! Huge with flavours, but unfortunately also huge in price. At £6k a bottle and with only 170 available, I doubt many will have the opportunity to try it.

Now looking forward to heading to Banff and Port Ellen…

Slàinte all!


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