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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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