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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 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 190 & 191) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This is a Signatory bottling of single malt from the Mortlach distillery, drawn from a pair of hogshead casks that aged the whisky for 20 years. These casks were filled in July 1996 and opened in…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1996 (casks 190 & 191) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
$55.85

Ginger Glazed Gammon 1998 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%

An indie Mortlach here from Wemyss Malts! This was distilled in 1998 and allowed to mature in a single barrel until 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 306 bottles. They've titled this one…  More info

Ginger Glazed Gammon 1998 (bottled 2016) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)
$87.71

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12594 & 12595) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

13 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a consecutive pair of hogshead casks which were filled in September 2002 and cracked open in February 2016. This was bottled by indie…  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12594 & 12595) - Signatory
$42.43

Mortlach 27 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

70cl, 57%

From the Highland Laird independent bottling range comes a 27 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, aged in a single Sherry hogshead. Exciting stuff!  More info

Mortlach 27 Year Old 1987 - Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

This is an independent bottling of 7 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery (known colloquially to some as the Beast of Dufftown). It was distilled back in 2008 and left to…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2008 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$44.21

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 55.5%

Distilled on Monday 10th July 1995, this Mortlach spent over 20 years in a single hogshead before being bottled by Càrn Mòr on Saturday 8th August 2015. The outturn was 260 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 4123) - Celebration of the Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 12844) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 52.3%

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from a single cask. This Gleann Mór bottling features whisky distilled by Mortlach in March 1996 and set aside to mature for 18…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1996 (cask 12844) - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 56.8%

A well-Sherried 22 year old Mortlach, bottled by the folks at Hunter Laing. It was distilled in September 1992 and left to age in a Sherry butt until October 2014. It was then bottled as part of the…  More info

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt from Signatory matured in two consecutive hogshead casks. Distilled on 27th September and bottled on 26th November 2015.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 2002 (casks 12592+12593) (Signatory)

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A tasty indie Mortlach here, bottled as part of the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It's an 8 year old single malt from the "Beast of Dufftown", matured in a refill hogshead from February 2008 to…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 11075) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 55.5%

Mighty Mortlach, and a 24 year old at that! Here we have this Speysider at natural cask strength, filled into a single cask on 14th May 1991 and disgorged on 2nd December 2015, yielding 587 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1991 (cask 4240) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 182 & 183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

The 'Beast of Dufftown', bottled without chill-filtration! This is an indie bottling of 19 year old Mortlach single malt, drawn from two hogsheads laid down in July 1996 and cracked open in February…  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1996 (casks 182 & 183) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2015 by the folks at Wemyss. They've given this ace Speysider the title 'Flambé Fruit' as a hint to the…  More info

Flambé Fruit 1995 (bottled 2015) - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)
$84.17

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.5%

Run for your lives, it's the Beast of Dufftown!!! Fortunately (despite the terrifying creature adorning the label of this first batch of Boutique-y Mortlach) it's actually the whisky itself that's…  More info

Mortlach - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

This is Mortlach was bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. This whisky is bottled at 46%abv without chill-filtration or colouring.  More info

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1998 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 43%

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

Mortlach 1976 (Gordon & Macphail)

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1999 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of Mortlach single malt distilled in 1999 and matured in two bourbon barrels before being bottled for the Càrn Mòr range. The outturn was 520 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1999 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 7182) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Single cask Mortlach! Bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration, this is an independent bottling from Signatory Vintage. Filled into the hogshead on 2nd June 1997, it emerged for your delectation…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 (cask 7182) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)
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Mortlach 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A very handsome independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Mortlach distillery, well known for their intense, meaty expressions. This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Mortlach…  More info

Mortlach 1984 (bottled 2014) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$228.31

Mortlach 1981 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

1981 vintage Mortlach single malt from Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Vintage range, mature in refill remade American oak hogsheads.  More info

Mortlach 1981 (bottled 2015) (Gordon & MacPhail)
$229.33

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 12150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50%

An 11 year old independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from "The Beast of Dufftown" - Mortlach! Known for big, flavoursome whiskies, expect some tasty stuff from this Hunter Laing Old Malt…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 12150) - Old Malt Cask (Hunter Laing)

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 6079) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.5%

A good chance to get your hands of some rather well-aged Mortlach single malt right here with this Cask Strength Collection bottling from Signatory. It was distilled in September 1990 and set aside…  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1990 (cask 6079) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 7177 + 7181) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A Mortlach single malt from two almost consecutive casks (hogsheads), distilled on 2nd June 1997 and bottled on 11th November 2015. This is an independent bottling from Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1997 (casks 7177 + 7181) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 3406) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

18 year old Mortlach, bottled for the Coppers Choice range. This classic Speyside distillery is known for their rather powerful, meaty expressions, perfect for enjoying as a digestif. This one was…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1995 (cask 3406) - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)
$71.29

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10695) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This is an independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, presented as part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. It was distilled in the autumn of 2006 and bottled in the spring of 2015 -…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10695) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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