(Thanks to /u/Scotch_Fanatic for this dram)
I’ve been trying to, in recent posts, get back into what makes a good review. So I’ve taken to writing my reviews like an essay, attempting to start each off broad and slowly narrow down on what I should say.
There are times though where I have no clue at all what I’m trying to say with reviews. Some reviews are done because I need to clear out sample bottles, as I’ve stupidly offered too many trades and had to start turning people away. This is one such review, so I don’t have as much to say on it.
Mortlach 18 1995 Vintage Signatory Un-chillfiltered comes from the Signatory Un-chillfiltered Collection, a collection of rhinos. No, wait, that’s not it. What kind of collection is that?
Joking aside (for only a second, don’t worry), I can’t say I’ve ever had something from this collection, and it, by itself, seems like an interesting idea. Give the people willing to pay more what they’d like.
That said, I may be speaking about the incorrect dram here, as I don’t know if this is the 1995 or 1997 Vintage or not. Here’s hoping someone corrects me.
The 1995 was matured in a pair of Hogsheads, given no additional colour or any chillfiltering. It’s quite a robust small batch, with only 762, probably due to it not being cask strength.
So, as I don’t have much more to blabber on about, let’s just see how this dram tastes. As I need the sample bottle free.
Price: N/A in Ontario because of Terrorists or something.
Nose: Pear, cereal, honey, apple, ginger, Meyer lemon, margarine
Sweet, light, and full of promise. Kind of like the first girl I ever crushed on.
Also covered in margarine. Still like the first girl I crushed on.
Taste: Earth, ginger, caramel
And simple. Still like the first girl I crushed on.
Seriously though, I spent a long time with this dram, added water, begged it, sacrificed at least 3 animals to a few lords of the underworld, and still nothing beyond a very, very simple taste profile.
Finish: Lots of ginger, malt, woody, nutmeg, butterscotch, faint lemon
Like Ginger? Cause if you don’t, run for the hills Ma Barker, the Ginger is after you.
More to it in the finish, yet it’s still pretty blah.
Conclusion: Boring. There’s really not much to say. Heck, I even made a boring review for a boring dram. It’s Boring-ception. It’s so boring that you should have to watch Wanted, the most Boring movie ever, while sorting old study names, the most boring job I’ve ever done, all while sitting in a park guarding boats, the second most boring job I’ve ever done, in order to drink it.
Pass. There’s better Mortlach out there. And better everything out there.
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