Glen Mhor distillery was a victim of the whisky loch, closing in 1983 (the same year as Port Ellen and Brora). It had joined DCL’s portfolio on 11 years prior, but when the maltings were closed in 1980 it seemed that Glen Mhor’s fate was all but sealed.
Single malts from Glen Mhor are extremely difficult to find, with this Glen Mhor 8 Year Old being one of the most sought after. It is also bottled at 57% ABV, allowing Glen Mhor’s characteristic punchiness shine through.
Serge at WhiskyFun gives the whisky 86 points, saying “[v]ery, very good and bang-for-your-buck malt, at the time”.
Review by Phil Dwyer of Whisky Wednesday:
“Glen Mhor 8 Year Old Gordon & Macphail, 57% ABV
Colour – Golden
Nose – Loads of sherry and freshly cut grass! Summer time sherry! Some really decadent brown sugar and lemon notes. It’s really delicate for 100 Proof liquid, there’s almost no heat/intensity to it on the nose. Lime juice now, with delicate hints of milk chocolate running through. After a little longer it starts with pear and hazelnuts, it reminds me of Glen Garioch. The longer you leave it the more fudgey it becomes, and the more prominent spice starts to arrive on the nose.
Palate – There’s the spice! Building in intensity with loads of oak and pepper, even for an 8YO product. Has a very Benromach cask strength feel to the arrival and development. Even more oiliness from nutty style flavours, hazelnuts and peanuts.
Finish – There’s a creaminess of bourbon to the finish, along with that welcomed heat. It’s quite delicious. Some brooding spice notes that turn slightly bitter at the end.
Verdict – A very good highland whisky with fun character at this strength, a shame it isn’t around anymore. 85/100.”
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