Review #109. Mortlach Signatory Vintage 1998 16yr

Review #109 | /r/Scotch Review #41 – Signatory Vintage 1998 Mortlach

The Schtick: This is a 16 year IB from Mortlach that is bottled at cask strength and finished for 33 months in an Oloroso sherry butt.


Distiller: Mortlach

Bottler: Signatory Vintage

ABV: 55.3% ABV

Age: 16 Years

Distilled: 12/5/1998

Bottled: 5/8/2014

Maturation: Hogshead | 33mo Oloroso Sherry Finish

Cask: 2

Bottle: 486/660

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Bottle, Purchased


Nose: Light malted grain, hay and honey. Sherry and faint wine paired with delicious brine (I rhymed!)

Taste: Brine, sherry and some mild drifting smoke. Minor plastic notes and then the marzipan, oloroso sweetness and some dark chocolate flood in. Faint meatiness and musty tobacco.

Finish: Medium but gentle. Also doesn’t drink like it’s character would suggest, but it’s still pretty high in the ABV department. There’s a good deal of hay and sherry. Lots more funk here though.

Overall: Once again, another insane value put forth by the Signatory gods (hail).

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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