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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 was distilled at Mortlach in July 1995 and aged for 17 years before bottling in July 2012 for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. This is batch 0001.  More info
$79.25
Mortlach was where William Grant of Glenfiddich and Balvenie fame started his career in whisky. To this day it remains a firm favourite of many whisky fans so it is no wonder that Gordon and MacPhail...  More info
$230.75
Mortlach is famous for its sherry cask credentials and this bottling from Gordon and MacPhail does not disappoint.  More info
$290.52
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
$142.67
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
$104.83
A single cask 22 year old Mortlach, distilled in 1989 and bottled at cask-strength by Duncan Taylor for their Octave cask range.  More info
$140.90
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
$80.86
From Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range comes this single cask Mortlach, distilled in July 1995 and aged for 16 years in cask 4099 before bottling at natural cask strength in March of 2012.  More info
$109.88
From the London Wine Merchants BBR, this was distilled at the Mortlach distillery in 1998 before 13 years in cask 3798. It was bottled at natural cask strength with neither chill-filtration nor...  More info
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$78.46
This was distilled at Mortlach on the 5th July 1995 before a 16 year maturation in two hogsheads (Numbers 4086 and 4087). It was bottled on the 16th January 2012 for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered...  More info
$65.55
A single cask Mortlach bottled by Signatory on Spetember 13 2011 from cask number 1794, a bourbon barrel. Part of the bottler's Vintage Collection.  More info
$54.07
A 20 year old Mortlach distilled on the 1st January 1991, this was aged in sherry butt 7706 before bottling on the 11th January 2012. A release of 577 numbered bottles from Signatory.  More info
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$124.75
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
$103.37
This is a 21 year old single cask Mortlach, distilled in September 1990 and aged in a refill puncheon cask before bottling in September 2011 for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. A release of 271...  More info
$130.19
A super rare Mortlach, released in 2002 and specially selected by the Distillery Manager at Mortlach. This was originally a staff-only bottling, though we have gotten hold of it now thanks to Diageo's...  More info
$369.06
Duncan Taylor's 22-year-old Mortlach bottling, one of their Dimensions range and another great whisky with well-balanced sweetness and smoke.  More info
An 18 year old Mortlach, distilled in 1990. The distillery has a penchant for finishing their whisky in interesting casks, and this is no exception. It's finished in Premier Cru Domaine Leroy red wine...  More info
$127.16
Vanilla Oak is a very, very apt name for this delicious whisky, distilled at Mortlach in 1996 and aged in bourbon (presumably!) before bottling by Wemyss Malts.  More info
$101.79
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
$114.59
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 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
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
$67.10
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
$121.74
This is a ten year old Mortlach bottled by Cooper's Choice in 2011.  More info
$78.08
Mortlach was where William Grant who founded Glenfiddich and Balvenie started his career. To this day it still produces an excellent single malt as can be seen in this fourteen year old bottling from...  More info
$86.09
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