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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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7 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by La Maison du Whisky for their Tartan range of independently bottled whiskies.  More info
$58.17
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
$904.45
Distilled at Mortlach in 1954 and aged for 54 years in sherry casks before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$1951.98
A Provenance bottling of Mortlach single malt. This scrummy Speysider was distilled in winter 2004, matured in a refill hogshead and bottled in Summer 2014 by the chaps at Douglas Laing.  More info
$64.03
A half bottle of Mortlach 15 year old, this was matured in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$39.55
A Directors' Cut bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in February 1989 and bottled in March 2014. After spending 25 years in hogshead #10321, it has taken on rich, intriguing...  More info
$329.75
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
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$269.56
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 Fauna...  More info
User Rating:  (6 Reviews)
$84.09
A 15 year old from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
User Rating:  (11 Reviews)
$66.35
17 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single hogshead cask from June 1997 to May 2015. It was bottled as part of Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection, and as such, it has...  More info
$71.98
From Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection comes a 17 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, drawn from two hogshead casks. This whisky was distilled in June 1997 and bottled in November 2014...  More info
$71.98
An Old Particular bottling of 12 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. The distillery in Speyside filled said hogshead in December 2002 and left it to...  More info
$82.39
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
$278.85
Another one of Wemyss Malts' ever-popular independent bottlings of single malt Scotch whisky! This one is a 1995 vintage Mortlach single malt, matured in a single hogshead until 2014. It was bottled...  More info
$127.73
This is a Signatory Cask Strength Collection bottling of Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry butt for 24 years. It was distilled in September 1990 and bottled in December...  More info
$165.05
This is an 8 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled for the Provenance range by Douglas Laing. It was distilled in spring 2006 and matured in a single hogshead cask until autumn 2014...  More info
$61.94
A Maltman independent bottling of Mortlach 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single bourbon cask. It was distilled back in October 1998 and left to age for 13 long years, before it...  More info
$81.61
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
$306.65
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
$43.30
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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$140.14
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
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
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
$105.86
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
$55.69
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
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