Mortlach 1998 ‘Single Cask Seasons – Summer 2015′ (SV)

Tasty Tastings Episode 86

Single Cask Seasons is a bottling series from independent bottler Signatory Vintage for German whisky importer Kirsch Import. The goal of this series is to find a whisky that matches the season of the year.  It’s been a while since my review of the pretty excellent Spring 2015 expression. Since then, three other expressions have been released, so I have some catch up to do.

So without further ado, let’s start.


Name: Mortlach 1998 ‘Single Cask Seasons – Summer 2015′
Bottler: Signatory Vintage
Bottling Series: Single Cask Seasons
Bottled for: Kirsch Whisky Import
Distilled: May 1998
Bottled: June 2015
Age: 17 Years Old
Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery: Mortlach
Cask Type: 55 months Oloroso Sherry Butt Finish
Cask No: 4
No. of Bottles: 814
Strength: 47.4% vol.
Colored: No
Chill Filtered: No


Sweet sherry. Pretty fruity with oranges, peaches, pears, honeydews and some cherries. Then milk chocolate, light caramel and vanilla. A bit floral, perhaps cut flowers. Dried wood.


Sweetish. Pineapples, melons and guava. More tropical fruits. Vanillin sugar, balanced by bitter oak and some spices. Milk chocolate and nut liqueur. Firecracker smoke.


Medium to short. Fruity and slightly bitter. Oak. A bit weak though.


Summerish, but not necessarily Mortlach-ish. Where is the meat?

Score: good but not exceptional (84 / 100)

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