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.
Bottler: Signatory Vintage
ABV: 55.3% ABV
Age: 16 Years
Maturation: Hogshead | 33mo Oloroso Sherry Finish
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).
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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