lördag 19 oktober 2013

Mortlach 1995 17 yo 56,4% ABV bottled by 'Svenska Eldvatten'


This bottling was available at the Systembolaget (swedish state monopoly liquor store) but I bought a sample from a friend.

The whisky was distilled in June 1995 and bottled in April 2013 by swedish independent bottler ’Svenska Eldvatten (Swedish Firewaters)’. It was matured in Sherry Hogshead no. 142102 and the cask gave 257 bottles

Colour:
Lighly red but mostly golden

Nose:
Beautifully soft! starts of on orange chocolate, zesty, quite calm in the sherry, it does not scream sherry in your face but it’s definitely there in a nice soft manner. This is my first Mortlach by the way so it’s a new friendship. Faintly tea-ish sort of very very soft earl grey… Also baked apples, touches of cinnamon, marzipan, almond, also some elder flowers very far back in the scents, wonderful combo. Kind of reminds me of drams such as Tobermory, and older Old Pulteney but with bigger sherry influence.

Palate:
Mmm, tasting it feels so good! It’s a real treat, the flavours are bursting in my mouth, starts of very intense and quite strong, a sweet bitterness, almost bubblyness, tickles the tip of my tounge and spreads on through out the mouth, great mouthfeel from the sherry maturation. I did not expect it to be so active in the tastes, since it seemed quite calm on the nose, Rather fiery actually, no wonder since it’s from ’Swedish Firewaters’ and at 56,4% J The orange chocolate from the nose is definitely evident on the palate. Dry mouthfeel after a couple of minutes but still it makes my mouth water so quite more-ish. Great mouthfeel when I roll it around in the mouth. Marzipan is there in the aftertaste with a sort of roasted almond feel, apples in combo with soup made out of Rosa Canina… This was a great cask selection! 

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