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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 12 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Mortlach 12 Year Old 1997 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1989 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1992 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

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

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1992 (Signatory)

Mortlach 12 Year Old 1994 Cask 3554 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Mortlach 12 Year Old 1994 Cask 3554 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 1989 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

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

Mortlach 1989 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Boisdale 1991 Speyside (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 46%

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

Boisdale 1991 Speyside (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1991 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1991 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.6%

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

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1990 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Mortlach 13 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

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

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 54.2%

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

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1990 - Mission (Murray McDavid)

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1989 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.4%

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

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1989 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1993 - Dun Bheagan (Ian MacLeod)

70cl, 57.2%

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

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1993 - Dun Bheagan (Ian MacLeod)

Vanilla Oak 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%

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

Vanilla Oak 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1990 Cask 6069 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.9%

This was distilled at Mortlach on the 17th September 1990 and it was aged in refill sherry butt number 6069 for 20 years before bottling on the 18th January 2011. A release of 521 numbered decanter…  More info

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1990 Cask 6069 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1990 - Bour Vos Romanne

70cl, 40%

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…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1990 - Bour Vos Romanne

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1989 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.1%

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

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1989 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Freshly Cut Grass 1990 - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46%

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

Freshly Cut Grass 1990 - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1990 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

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

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.4%

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

Mortlach 20 Year Old 1991 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Mortlach 13 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

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

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 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

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Mortlach 1998 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 56.8%

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

Mortlach 1998 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)
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Mortlach 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 4099 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.8%

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

Mortlach 16 Year Old 1995 Cask 4099 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1997 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

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

Mortlach 14 Year Old 1997 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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