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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 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Distilled in March 2009 and bottled in May 2016, this 7 year old Mortlach single malt from the Speyside region was bottled at 46% abv by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range.  More info

Mortlach 7 Year Old 2009 (cask 11196) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)
$44.57

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)
$1,808.07

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)
$41.18

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

70cl, 57.8%

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)
$270.59

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of the 'Beast of Dufftown' - Mortlach! This was distilled in 2007 and set aside to mature in a single bourbon barrel for 8 years before being bottled by Langside for their Hepburn's…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2007 - Hepburn's Choice (Langside)
$49.78

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

70cl, 56.6%

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
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$218.34

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 55.9%

A single cask bottling of Mortlach single malt, distilled in 1998 and bottled by Signatory in 2016. Before it was bottled, it was finished in a Sherry cask for 58 months, imparting rich, sweet fruit…  More info

Mortlach 15 Year Old 1998 (cask 6) - Artist #6 (La Maison du Whisky)
$184.40

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)

70cl, 61.2%

This is a single cask bottling of 8 year old Mortlach single malt, matured in a bourbon barrel from March 2008 to September 2016. Following that, it was bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength…  More info

Mortlach 8 Year Old 2008 (cask 800054) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) (La Maison du Whisky 60th Anniversary)
$89.70

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)
$47.25

Mortlach 25 Year Old

50cl, 43.4%

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
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$640.12

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
$79.53

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

70cl, 50.4%

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)
$184.40

Mortlach Rare Old

50cl, 43.4%

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
12
$47.11

Mortlach 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10455) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

10 year old Mortlach single malt Scotch whisky, bottled as Part of Douglas Laing's Provenance range. It was distilled by Mortlach in the winter of 2004 (a mild, fairly uneventful winter), matured in…  More info

Mortlach 10 Year Old 2004 (cask 10455) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46%

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

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995  - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

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 46 Year Old 1936 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%

A very rare, very hard to find vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was distilled in 1936 and aged for an incredible 46 years before bottling. Presented in a handsome presentation…  More info

Mortlach 46 Year Old 1936 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Mortlach 60 Year Old 1938

70cl, 40%

An incredibly rare, beautifully packaged single malt. This comes as part of the range of very old Mortlach (that recently climaxed with the 70 year old - the world's oldest whisky). This 60 year old…  More info

Mortlach 60 Year Old 1938

Mortlach 70 Year Old 20cl

20cl, 46.1%

What can we say - this is now officially the world's oldest whisky at a barely believable 70 years of age. Stunningly presented, immaculately matured - this is the absolute epitome of all that old…  More info

Mortlach 70 Year Old 20cl
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Mortlach Royal Wedding (Gordon and MacPhail)

75cl, 40%

A special whisky from Mortlach, made up of spirit distilled in 1959 and 1960 to mark the royal wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  More info

Mortlach Royal Wedding (Gordon and MacPhail)

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.5%

A 19 year old Mortlach, bottled by Signatory on the 15th October 2008. This was matured in sherry butt number 4727 and is part of a release of just 653 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 19 Year Old 1988 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Mortlach 1990 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

70cl, 46%

This was Whisky Magazine Recommended! A single cask Mortlach, bottled as part of the Coopers Choice range after a 16 year maturation.  More info

Mortlach 1990 - The Coopers Choice (The Vintage Malt Whisky Co.)

Mortlach 1970 (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A rare old 1970 vintage Mortlach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. A first fill and refill sherry matured whisky, which the bottlers describe as "After dinner malt - one to be savoured".  More info

Mortlach 1970 (Gordon and MacPhail)

Mortlach 70 Year Old

70cl, 46.1%

What can we say - this is now officially the world's oldest whisky at a barely believable 70 years of age. Stunningly presented, immaculately matured - this is the absolute epitome of all that old…  More info

Mortlach 70 Year Old
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Mortlach 1997 - Managers Choice

70cl, 57.1%

In February 2009 a group of Managers and Tasters gathered to select a single cask of whisky from each of Diageo's 27 malt whisky distilleries. This is the Managers Choice selection. This cask…  More info

Mortlach 1997 - Managers Choice

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