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Mortlach

The Mortlach distillery lies in Speyside’s spiritual heartland, Dufftown, and holds the honour of being the first legal distillery to be built there. It was founded in 1823 - the year of the Excise Act - by James Findlater and, a year later, Donald Macintosh and Alexander Gordon joined him in ownership. Mortlach proffers a classic Speyside flavour, though the set up is far from typical; there are three wash stills and three spirit stills with a combined total capacity of 2.91 million litres annually.

Over the years, various distillery managers have altered the shape and design, something rather unheard of in Scotch whisky production. Mortlach boasts five onsite warehouses with a combined space for 21,000 casks. In 1831, the distillery was acquired by John Robertson for £270 and subsequently it was sold a year later to A & T Gregory. In 1937, Aberlour’s Grant brothers, John and James, acquired the distillery, dismantling the equipment for use at the 1840-built Glen Grant distillery. The Mortlach distillery lay silent.

John Alexander Gordon joined the brothers in 1842 and it was not until almost a decade later that Mortlach distilled once more. Whilst the stills enjoyed their proverbial sabbatical, the site was used not only as a brewery but also, rather curiously, as a church. When production resumed in 1851 the whisky was sold as The Real John Gordon. In 1923, John Walker and Sons acquired the distillery from then owner Alexander Cowie and two years later, they in turn became part of Distillers Company Limited, and subsequently Scottish Malt Distillers and then Diageo. There have been a few official releases as well as a selection of independent bottlings.

Mortlach Whisky Distillery

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About Mortlach Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 822100

Distillery Founded

1823

Distillery Capacity

2 910 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1823

The distillery is founded by James Findlater.

1824

Donald Macintosh and Alexander Gordon become part-owners.

1831

The distillery is sold to John Robertson for £270.

1832

A. & T. Gregory buys Mortlach.

1837

James and John Grant of Aberlour become part-owners. No production takes place at Mortlach as the equipment probably is dismantled and used in building Glen Grant Distillery.

1842

The distillery is now owned by John Alexander Gordon and the Grant brothers.

1851

Mortlach is once again an up and running distillery after having been used as a church and a brewery for some years. The whisky is sold under the name The Real John Gordon.

1853

George Cowie joins as part-owner with Gordon.

1867

John Alexander Gordon dies and Cowie becomes sole owner.

1895

George Cowie Jr. joins the company.

1897

The number of stills is increased from three to six.

1923

Alexander Cowie sells the distillery to John Walker & Sons.

1925

John Walker becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

The administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1964

Major refurbishment.

1968

Floor maltings ceases.

1996

Mortlach 1972 (23 years) is released as a Rare Malt. The distillery is renovated at a cost of £1.5 million.

1998

Mortlach 1978 (20 years) is released as a Rare Malt.

2004

Mortlach 1971, a 32 year old cask strength is released.

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This indie bottling of Mortlach was distilled in 1998, two years after the distillery was refurbished. This release is made with whisky drawn from two hogshead casks by Càrn Mòr in 2014. 517 bottles...  More info
$103.67
Not even one drop of whisky has been chillfiltered for this Signatory release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky. Drawn from two consecutive hogshead that matured the whisky for 18 years with an...  More info
$73.12
A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info
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This was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in Winter of 2002. It was then aged for 9 years in a pair of refill hogsheads before bottling in Winter 2012. A very fruity, malty whisky from the...  More info
$72.26
A 46% abv single cask Mortlach from Douglas Laing, bottled for their Provenance range.  More info
$75.81
Matured for 23 years, including a finishing period in a teeny tiny 50 litre cask, this Mortlach was distilled in 1989 and bottled in early 2013. Only 63 bottles were produced! Thank you Duncan Taylor.  More info
$206.52
This was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in September 1991. It was then aged for 21 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in 2013 for Douglas Laing's excellent Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$136.03
A fabulously well-aged Speyside whisky from veteran bottlers Signatory. Presented at full cask strength with an outturn of 315 bottles.  More info
$125.51
Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor for the Octave range. As well as being matured for 16 years, the whisky enjoyed a finishing period in an ex-sherry octave cask. Much...  More info
$131.09
This is a 16 year old Mortlach from Carn Mor's strictly limited range. It was distilled in 1996 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling in 2012.  More info
$90.12
A non-chill-filtered Mortlach aged for 17 years in two hogsheads prior to bottling in February 2013 by Signatory.  More info
$68.59
Mortlach aged for 13 years - 3 fewer than the standard Diageo 16 year old. Expect a huge meatiness and punch from this whisky , taken from two casks.  More info
$55.18
Single cask, cask-strength whisky finished in a small Octave cask and bottled by stalwart whiskym'n Duncan Taylor. This was distilled at Mortlach in 2002 and aged for 9 years before bottling.  More info
$112.89
Cask-strength Mortlach, distilled in May 1993. This was aged for 18 years in cask 4463 before bottling at natural cask strength by Duncan Taylor. A release of 519 numbered bottles.  More info
$153.64
Distilled at the Mortlach distillery in September 1997, this little gem was aged for 13 years in a single cask (a refill butt) before bottling for Douglas Laing’s stellar Old Malt Cask range in...  More info
$98.45
This is a fifteen year old Mortlach from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate Douglas Laing's fiftieth...  More info
$111.32
A release of 723 bottles from two consecutive hogsheads, this Signatory bottling was distilled at Mortlach in July 1995.  More info
$68.59
Feeling fancy? 380 of these flashy ceramic decanters full of delicious 10 year old single cask Mortlach are available as part of Douglas Laing's Premier Barrel series.  More info
$100.19
This is a ten year old Mortlach bottled by Cooper's Choice in 2011.  More info
$84.08
From Duncan Taylor's stellar Dimensions range comes this single cask Mortlach, distilled in June 1997 and aged for 14 years before bottling in February 2012. This is batch 0001.  More info
$87.08
A 13 year old single malt whisky from Mortlach distillery in Dufftown, Speyside. Taken from two hogsheads it was distilled in May 1999 and bottled by Signatory in March 2013. 851 bottles were...  More info
$55.18
This was distilled at Mortlach on the 5th July 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered collection on the 20th November 2012. A release...  More info
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$56.89
This was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in 1990, and it was then aged in bourbon casks before being finished in Premier Cru Leroy Vosna Romanee wine casks. This was bottled at the Bruichladdich...  More info
A cask strength, 22 year old Mortlach from Duncan Taylor's Rare Auld range. This was distilled in September 1989 and was aged in cask 4036 before bottling in October 2011. A release of 317 bottles.  More info
This delicious Mortlach was distilled in May of 1993 and it was aged for 18 years in sherry butt 3955 before bottling in September of 2011. A release of 637 bottles at natural cask strength from Ian...  More info
$123.39
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