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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 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
$2743.88
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
Mortlach 70 Year Old 20cl
(20cl, 46.10%)
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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Mortlach 70 Year Old
(70cl, 46.10%)
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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This vintage Mortlach was matured in two casks, hogsheads 4996 and 4997. This was distilled on the 3rd June 1992 and matured for 17 years before bottling by Signatory on the 19th November 2009. A...  More info
A 19 year old Mortlach, bottled by Signatory on the 15th October 2008. This was matured in sherry butt number 4727 and is part of a release of just 653 bottles.  More info
A single cask from Mortlach, bottled as part of Signatory's Unchillfiltered range. This was distilled on the 5th August 1991 and matured for 18 years in sherry butt number 5883 before bottle on the...  More info
A 23 year old Rare Malt from way back when whisky came in 75cl bottles. This Mortlach was distilled in 1972 and bottled at cask strength.  More info
In February 2009 a group of Managers and Tasters gathered to select a single cask of whisky from each of Diageo's 27 malt whisky distilleries. This is the Managers Choice selection. This cask strength...  More info
A rare Gordon and MacPhail bottling from the Mortlach Distillery, one of the original seven stills of Dufftown. Rather unusually, the spirit at Mortlach is distilled one and a half times.  More info
$684.13
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
$52.48
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
$95.29
A release of 723 bottles from two consecutive hogsheads, this Signatory bottling was distilled at Mortlach in July 1995.  More info
$65.24
Mortlach 32 Year Old 1971
(70cl, 50.10%)
Distilled in 1971 and aged for 32 years before bottling at cask strength. The Mortlach distillery is one of the original 7 stills of Dufftown.  More info
$482.01
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
$196.43
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
$52.48
A fabulously well-aged Speyside whisky from veteran bottlers Signatory. Presented at full cask strength with an outturn of 315 bottles.  More info
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$119.38
Distilled at Mortlach in 1954 and aged for 54 years in sherry casks before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$740.01
Distilled at Mortlach in 1957 and aged for fifty years in first fill sherry butts no. 585 and 586, just 514 bottles were filled in May 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$722.31
A special whisky from Mortlach, made up of spirit distilled in 1959 and 1960 to mark the royal wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  More info
A non-chill-filtered Mortlach aged for 17 years in two hogsheads prior to bottling in February 2013 by Signatory.  More info
$65.24
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
$129.39
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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$54.11
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
$93.64
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