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17 Apr 2013

Mortlach 1995 (Asta Morris)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Mortlach

While Mortlach is known for its heavy, usually sherried and slightly dirty spirit, Bert Bruyneel aka Asta Morris proposed a middle-aged bourbon expression as the latest Fulldram club bottling.



Mortlach 1995 Asta Morris for FulldramMortlach 17 yo 1995 (50,2%, Asta Morris for Fulldram 2013, AM 022, 314 btl.)

Nose: juicy fruits that grow stronger over time. Garden fruits at first (apple blossom), gooseberries, after a while also pineapple and mandarin. Cooked banana. Some vanilla cake and ginger. Faint mineral notes. Mouth: malty start, but again plenty of fruit flavour, both fresh and candied. Pineapple, apple, lemon, orange. Also a marzipan / frangipane note. Hints of candy sugar. Finish: still sweet, also more spices and fresh oak now.

An atypical Mortlach (although several other bourbon expressions from the same period exist) but atypical is a compliment here. Slightly ‘modern’ but bright and fruity drinker’s whisky. The AM house style? Around € 70. Most bottles are reserved for club members, but as usual, QV.ID distributes the remaining bottles.

Score: 87/100

Mortlach 1995 (Asta Morris) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-17
  • Jacopo (WhiskyFacile)

    Did you have the chance to try the official 1971 Mortlach (2004 special release, if I remember well)? It was also matured in american oak and it was pure beauty…



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