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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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A lovely, fragrant 13 year old Speyside single cask from Mortlach distillery here. Bottled by Hunter Laing in December 2013 for their Old Malt Cask range, the outturn was 319 bottles at 50% abv.  More info
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This is a Wemyss bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, taken from a single hogshead which matured the whisky from 1998 to 2013. It has been given the name Pastille Bouquet, which was...  More info
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Named Freshly Cut Grass, and surprisingly reminiscent of the quintessential Summer scent, this was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in 1990 before it was aged for 20 years in a single refill...  More info
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A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A Directors' Cut bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1989 and bottled in March 2014. After spending 25 years in hogshead #10321, it has taken on rich, intriguing...  More info
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A full-bodied single malt from the Mortlach distillery, aged for 21 years in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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Bottled by Signatory in 2011, this was distilled on the 25th February 1998 at Mortlach, before ageing in two hogsheads. A release of 887 bottles.  More info
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A single cask, sherry butt-matured Mortlach, distilled on the 1st October 1991, and aged for 19 years before bottling on the 21st October 2010.  More info
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This was distilled at Mortlach on the 17th September 1990, and aged in refill sherry butt number 6070, before bottling on the 1st February 2011. A release of 548 bottles.  More info
A 1991 Mortlach bottled for the (absolutely fantastic) London Restaurant, Bar, and Cigar Club 'The Boisdale'. Ask for the Rump Steak - Black and Blue, with truffle-mash. Tell them Master of Malt sent...  More info
A single cask Mortlach bottled under Berry's Own Selection by esteemed wine merchant Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was distilled in 1989 and bottled in 2010.  More info
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A 12 year old Mortlach with a lovely deep hue from sherry butt number 3554. This was distilled in July 1994 and bottled in May 2007 for the Old Malt Cask range. A release of 654 bottles.  More info
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A 15 year old Mortlach from Signatory. This was distilled on the 3rd June 1992 and aged in hogsheads 4985 and 4986 before bottling on the 8th April 2008. A release of 828 individually numbered...  More info
This was distilled in March of 1989 and aged for 21 years in refill hogshead number 6126 before bottling in April 2010 as part of a release of 250 bottles of single cask Mortlach.  More info
A single cask Mortlach. This was distilled in September 1997 and aged for 12 years in sherry butt number 6074 before bottling in April 2010. A release of 330 bottles, bottled by Douglas Laing.  More info
A 15 year old from Mortlach, this was bottled by Murray McDavid at the Bruichladdich distillery in 2009. Just 1,800 bottles of this were release, aged in bourbon barrels and finished in American...  More info
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Distilled on the 12th September 1990 at the Mortlach distillery in Speyside. This single cask whisky was aged for 19 years in sherry butt number 5964 before bottling at casks strength by Signatory on...  More info
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From Murray McDavid's Mission range, this was distilled at Mortlach in 1986, matured in bourbon barrels and bottled at Bruichladdich in 2008 as part of an outturn of 648 bottles, at cask strength. The...  More info
This was distilled at Mortlach in 1997, aged in bourbon casks, and then finished (at the behest of Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan) in Château d'Yquem premier cru Sauternes casks. Bottled at the...  More info
A slender half bottle from Adelphi. This was distilled at Mortlach in 1991, and matured in a single cask (number 4235) for 17 years before bottling at cask strength in 2009. A release of 620 bottles...  More info
A rare old 1970 vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. A first fill and refill sherry matured whisky, which the bottlers describe as "After dinner malt - one to be savoured".  More info
A very rare, very hard to find vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was distilled in 1936 and aged for an incredible 46 years before bottling. Presented in a handsome presentation...  More info
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An incredibly rare, beautifully packaged single malt. This comes as part of the range of very old Mortlach (that recently climaxed with the 70 year old - the world's oldest whisky). This 60 year old...  More info
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What can we say - this is now officially the world's oldest whisky at a barely believable 70 years of age. Stunningly presented, immaculately matured - this is the absolute epitome of all that old...  More info
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