Signatory Bottling 13 YO (1990) Casked in Sherry Butt
Has anyone of you sampled this or any of the older bottlings?
I tried a dram and found the sherry masking any of the other attributes. In fact, I found it very similar to the Macallan 10YO.
Any tasting notes?
For me the Mortlach has a somewhat more agressiveness I find lacking in The Macallan, both both a supreme drams.
Of course with the single-cask bottling from Signatory you could in fact get something that is quite different from the distillery's definition of how a mortlach should be.
Found a tasting note of myself here:
Edit: was naming the wrong nick ...
Head to head against the Macallan 12 and the Glenmorangie 10 reveals the Mortlach has a more full and sherried nose than the Macallan. The Mac has a smoother more refined mouthfeel where the Mortlach is a bit sharper feeling/tasting. The flavor is similar between both, perhaps with the Mac being a little more subdued and the Mortlach being more grassy. The finish however is strongly in favor of the mortlach, as you get a taste of curry and ginger with Mortlach, but the Mac doesn't really change, just sort of tails off with the same taste as the initial taste. The Glenmorangie 10 is a lighter whisky and definitely younger tasting, but it is not so sherry influenced and has a nice clove spice finish and more malty middle. Overall the Mortlach more than holds it's own in this company.
Funny, I "just" picked up a bottle of this 2 days ago. 1st day I thought it was terrible, but I found out I was having an "off day".
Thats why I always try to sample a whiksy several times over a longer period before I write a tatsing note on it...
It really boggles me sometimes how some people write a tatsing note and rate it based ona single dram they had. Especially if that tasting note then gets publicized or so... But thats a whole other can of worms I guess
On the other hand, the selection of whiskys is not what I'd call exaustive. Given the current situation, I think the benefits far outweigh the problems for me. I would much rather be able to afford a bottle of Glenmorangie for $45 cdn ($30 U.S.) than be able to get some esoteric bottling of champagne finished Glen Whoeverheardofthisburn from some remote island bottled by Ma and Pa Kettle.
I haven't had on OB of Mortlach either, but given the new bottle of 17 yr old Ardbeg I just picked up for $100 cdn, I'm not complaining. I'm not assuming you are either. It's just the system we live with here in Ontario.
How is that 17yo? Still the 43% from the last good batch? I've heard some say the last batch to come out of Ardbeg wasn't as good. I've been waffling on which of the two Ardbegs to get, if any. I'm still enjoying a bottle of TEN at the moment and hope we get some more Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask bottlings some time.
Haven't opened the bottle yet. $100 represents a major expence for me, so I'm saving the bottle for a special occasion. Us social service workers don't get paid alot, ya know
BTW, have you many wine finishes down in your neck of the woods to choose from? In T.O., the only one that has surfaced is the Bowmore (Twilight, Sunset, or whatever it's called). I'd really like to try one but they sold out real fast while I dithered after seeing the $100 price tag. I'd really like to try one of the Glen Moray wine finishes, but as always, it comes down to an assessment of price vs quality for me.
I agree that the Bruichladdichs are way over-priced. The 15 yr old is a nice dram, but I think it's worth about $65 NOT $100 cdn. And this is comming from someone who likes all kinds of whiskies. In other words, I'm not running it down just because I stick to peaty monsters. I was thinking of weighing in on the most over-hyped post with Bruichladdich but I found the thread to be a comparison between fans of contrasting styles (Sherried Speyside vs Peat Monsters). What is good value to someone depends on individual tasts I think. For example while 12yr old Glenfiddich is not what a lot of whisky students would value I have several friends who drink blends and would appretiate a bottle of this exclaiming "Ooo, a single malt", while being able to drink it.
My major expence for the week was Balblair 16 yr old at $60 down from $80. Now that's what I call value!
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