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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 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
15
$51.40

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.40%

The first release from the new range of Mortlach single malts is the Mortlach Rare Old, which comes from a mixture of Sherry and bourbon casks. Those familiar with Mortlach through the Flora and…  More info

Mortlach Rare Old
13
$49.55

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.60%

The carnage continues in Dufftown. Is there a man strapped to that wheel the beast just rolled down the street?! Sparks are flying off of it! Oh, the humanity... It seems he can only be placated by…  More info

Mortlach 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
1
$301.96

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)
$192.89

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 48.40%

381 bottles of this Mortlach single malt emerged from a single refill hogshead in December 2015, having been filled back in January 2004. An independently bottled Speyside whisky from Douglas Laing's…  More info

Mortlach 11 Year Old 2004 (cask 10968) - Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$58.23

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 56.60%

An independently bottled Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1991 and left to mature in a single Sherry cask. It was left to mature for 23 years before being bottled for…  More info

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1991 (cask 5887) - Mackillop's Choice
$192.89

Mortlach 18 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%

Official bottlings of Mortlach have been few and far between in years past, but in 2014, that has changed. This is the 18 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Mortlach, released in 2014 as part of…  More info

Mortlach 18 Year Old
8
$173.05

Mortlach Special Strength

50cl, 49%

Mortlach Special Strength comes from the 2014 relaunch of Mortlach's range, though was originally released for the Travel Retail market. This has been bottled at 49% ABV, which brings out plenty of…  More info

Mortlach Special Strength
$83.65

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

We do love some delicious Mortlach single malt! This is a bottling of "The Beast of Dufftown", matured for 8 years in a refill hogshead from November 2006 to November 2015, before being bottled at…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10974) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$49.69

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

70cl, 55.50%

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)
$124.19

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This is a 7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, released by Douglas Laing for their Premier Barrel range, which come presented in handsome decanters! Wouldn't look out of place on the drinks…  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Premier Barrel (Douglas Laing)
$69.60

Mortlach 25 Year Old

50cl, 43.40%

The oldest expression from the 2014 release of Mortlach single malt Scotch whiskies is their 25 Year Old. Mortlach use whisky matured mostly in refill American oak casks, aged for a quarter of a…  More info

Mortlach 25 Year Old
1
$673.23

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.80%

An Xtra Old particular bottling of 26 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a sinle refill hogshead. It was distilled back in the heady days of April 1989, and eventually bottled in…  More info

Mortlach 26 Year Old 1989 (cask 10774) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$284.58

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)
$46.11

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A indie Mortlach single malt, matured in a refill hogshead cask for 8 years - from 2006 to 2015. Following its maturation, this Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing for The Clan Denny range at 46%…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2006 (cask 10964) - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
$44.35

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 40%

7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old - Tartan (La Maison Du Whisky)
$43.31

Mortlach 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Distilled at Mortlach in 1954 and aged for 54 years in sherry casks before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 1954 (Gordon and MacPhail)
$1901.58

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 50.40%

Muscular Mortlach matured in a first fill bourbon cask! The outturn was 292 bottles at 50.4% abv, a common bottling strength for Murray McDavid's Mission Gold range.  More info

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1994 (cask 2) - Mission Gold (Murray McDavid)
$193.93

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

70cl, 52.30%

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)
$132.27

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna

70cl, 43%

A full-bodied, sherried single malt from Mortlach, matured for 16 years and released as part of the Flora and Fauna series.  More info

Mortlach 16 Year Old - Flora and Fauna
17

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

70cl, 56.80%

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)
$245.52

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)
$42.42

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)
$49.05

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

70cl, 55.50%

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)
$154.32

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)
$58.25

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