Mortlach 1995 18 years 70cl 46%vol. is a malt whisky distilled in 1995 by Mortlach in the Speyside region. The whisky aged eighteen years in two bourbon Hogsheads (barrels No. 4094 and 4096) and was bottled in 2014 for the "The Um-Chillfiltered Collection" of the independent bottler Signatory Vintage in a limited series of 752 bottles.
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Mortlach 1995 18 Years 70cl 46%vol. is a malt whisky distilled in 1995 by Mortlach in the Speyside region. The whisky has aged eighteen years in two Hogsheads of bourbon (barrels Nº 4094 and 4096) and has been bottled in 2014 for the 'The Un-Chillfiltered Collection' of the independent bottler Signatory Vintage in a limited series of 752 bottles.
The distillery changed ownership several times during the 19th century and remained closed for several decades since 1837, when James and John Grant dismantled the distillery to install the equipment in their new Glen Grant distillery.
In 1923 the distillery passed into the hands of John Walker and Sons, who later became part of Distillers Company Ltd in 1925 which eventually became Diageo. With an annual capacity of almost three million litres, Mortlach has become a very important part of the famous blended Johnnie Walker.
br />Mortlach is one of the few distilleries in Scotland still using tube-shaped condensers made from wood and one of three distilleries in Scotland, together with Benrinnes and Springbank in using the triple partial distillation method. The whiskies produced by the distillery are characterized by being rich, robust and powerful, allowing it to age for long periods of time while maintaining the character of the distillery.
Signatory Vintage is an independent bottler founded in 1988 by Andrew Symington in Edinburgh, with the aim of providing lovers of this distillate, expressions from different regions, which for different reasons, distilleries would never bottle, always giving their personal touch.
Signatory's name derives from the fact that Andrew's initial intention was to find someone famous to sign the labels of the bottles produced to sell them more easily. The first whisky that Signatory bought was a 1968 Glenlivet in sherry barrel, the whisky was sold before they could find a famous person, leaving the name of Signatory, a signatory in Spanish.
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection: Cold distillation is a process used to remove fats and oils naturally found in malt. Large distilleries use it to present a clean and transparent product and homogenize the final product. In the case of Signatory, as all the whisky comes from the same barrel, the need to maintain the same appearance and flavour disappears as everything comes from the same place, giving more importance to the natural flavours from the malt and to the body and texture of the whisky.
Style: Single Malt.
Breeding: Distilled by Mortlach on 06/07/1995, aged in Hogsheads American oak barrels that have previously contained bourbon, bottled on 19/02/2014 without cold filtering or colouring in a series of 752 bottles.
Nose: In nose appears a distant note of smoke, very mature, with fruity notes, caramel and vainilla.
Mouth: In mouth it is intense, cocoa, soft spices in which the clove stands out, with outstanding influence of the barrel.
Final: Medium persistence where oak stands out.
The independent bottler Signatory Vintage presents us with the opportunity to enjoy the classic character of Mortlach without cold filtration or colouring, with a whisky from the Speyside region marked by the barrel.
Hogshead (approx. 225-250 litres | ~142-175 LPA): After barrels, hogsheads are the second-most common type of cask used in maturing Scotch whisky. Hogsheads are generally also made from American white oak, and indeed are often built from staves originally taken from bourbon barrels. However, the larger size of hogsheads makes them better suited for a slightly longer period of maturation. Hogsheads used to mature Scotch whisky may previously have held other beverages and spirits, with sherry hogsheads the most common of these.