Whiskies of Scotland Mortlach Single Malt
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Whiskies of Scotland Mortlach Single Malt - 1995

Item # 31907 750mL

Founded in 1823, Mortlach is one of the original distilleries dedicated to malt production, predating its much larger neighbor The Glenfiddich by a few decades. After over a century of whisky-making, the distillery was rebuilt in 1963 and purchased by Diageo. Since then, almost all of the spirit made there has been dedicated to blends and the few releases of the single malt have been snatched up by avid followers. We jumped on an opportunity to purchase our own single casks and chose a 1995 vintage to blend into a small batch. All of the whisky comes from a single batch that was aged for 18 years in a refilled bourbon barrel. Honey, lemon, and fresh lavender notes play off of each other on the nose, which is highly expressive overall and leans towards in-bloom florals. After some time, signs of apricot and toasted malt become more apparent, leveling out to a gentle, sweet note of green grape. On the palate, the whisky is medium-light with more oak coming through via flavors of vanilla and grated nutmeg, leading into the long, malty finish. Compared to the current price of the distillery release 18-year, this is a steal.

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Fun historical fact: Around the time distilling started at Mortlach in the early 1800s, illicit whiskey production was so rampant in Scotland that the authorities were confiscating 14,000 stills a year. Mortlach has been the secret ingredient in many a blended Scotch over the years, and with 6 stills to produce spirits, there is a helluva lot of production of Mortlach. But still precious little gets released with the name Mortlach on it. Here is a perfect example, where the spirit more than the cask takes center stage. No fancy cask aging here! The aging, both in cask and bottle now for a few years, lightens this malt's profile to my taste, letting the all-sorts sweet and savory notes shine through. This is an absolute steal. Last of a kind. All that and I didn't even mention the Wee Witchy or the 2.81x approach to distillation.

- JGM

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Scotland

History:Distillation was brought to Scotland from Ireland by missionary monks in the 6th century. In 1644, the first taxes were imposed on Scottish distillers by England, with the result that most of the nation’s whisky was soon distilled illicitly. With the Parliament’s passing of the “Excise Act” in 1824, licensing fees for distilleries were much cheaper. Distilleries started to take out licenses, and since then, the distillation industry in Scotland has been continuously expanding....

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