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Whiskies of Scotland Mortlach Single Malt
Staff Pick

Whiskies of Scotland Mortlach Single Malt - 1995

Item # 31907 750mL
$149.96/ Single Bottle
$899.76/ Case of 6
Vintage
Country
Region
ABV
46.00%

Tasting Notes

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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Staff Pick Notes

Wow, my 3rd staff pick on the Whiskies of Scotland Range. Too much? Nah, these whiskies just keep getting better every time I try them. This beauty is a soft, floral style that provides a stark contrast to the sharper, masculine profile of their in-house bottlings. Violets, jasmine and honeysuckle on the nose and palate are matched with a finish as soft as a baby's bottom. The texture is pillowy and vibrant. Whiskies of Scotland; Terrible labels, fantastic whisky!

- EG

Astor's Glossary of Terms

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...

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