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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 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 13 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

70cl, 43.0%

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 32 Year Old 1971

70cl, 50.1%

Distilled in 1971 and aged for 32 years before bottling at cask strength. The Mortlach distillery is one of the original 7 stills of Dufftown.  More info

Mortlach 32 Year Old 1971
$325.52

Mortlach 18 Year Old 1990 - Bour Vos Romanne

70cl, 40.0%

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 24 Year Old 1987 - Adelphi

70cl, 55.3%

This single cask Mortlach has been bottled by Adelphi at natural cask strength and without chill filtration all for you delectation and enjoyment.  More info

Mortlach 24 Year Old 1987 - Adelphi
$93.53

Mortlach 1957 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43.5%

Distilled at Mortlach in 1957 and aged for fifty years in first fill sherry butts no. 585 and 586, just 514 bottles were filled in May 2007 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info

Mortlach 1957 - Private Collection (Gordon and MacPhail)

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)

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

70cl, 46.0%

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 23 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts 75cl

75cl, 59.4%

A 23 year old Rare Malt from way back when whisky came in 75cl bottles. This Mortlach was distilled in 1972 and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts 75cl

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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$54.28

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 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 22 Year Old 1989 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.0%

A single cask 22 year old Mortlach, distilled in 1989 and bottled at cask-strength by Duncan Taylor for their Octave cask range.  More info

Mortlach 22 Year Old 1989 - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Mortlach 1971 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43.0%

Mortlach is famous for its sherry cask credentials and this bottling from Gordon and MacPhail does not disappoint.  More info

Mortlach 1971 (Gordon & MacPhail)

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

70cl, 50.0%

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)

Vanilla Oak 1996 - Wemyss Malts (Mortlach)

70cl, 46.0%

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)
$70.41

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%

This was distilled at Mortlach on the 5th July 1995 before a 17 year maturation in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled for Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered collection on the 20th November 2012. A release…  More info

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)
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Mortlach 14 Year Old 1997 - Dimensions (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 46.0%

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)

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 4092+4093) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46.0%

A release of 723 bottles from two consecutive hogsheads, this Signatory bottling was distilled at Mortlach in July 1995.  More info

Mortlach 17 Year Old 1995 (casks 4092+4093) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 792947) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.9%

Matured for 23 years, including a finishing period in a teeny tiny 50 litre cask, this Mortlach was distilled in 1989 and bottled in early 2013. Only 63 bottles were produced! Thank you Duncan Taylor.  More info

Mortlach 23 Year Old 1989 (cask 792947) - The Octave (Duncan Taylor)

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 7898+7899) (Signatory)

70cl, 43.0%

Mortlach aged for 13 years - 3 fewer than the standard Diageo 16 year old. Expect a huge meatiness and punch from this whisky , taken from two casks.  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 7898+7899) (Signatory)

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 7900+7901) (Signatory)

70cl, 43.0%

A 13 year old single malt whisky from Mortlach distillery in Dufftown, Speyside. Taken from two hogsheads it was distilled in May 1999 and bottled by Signatory in March 2013. 851 bottles were…  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1999 (casks 7900+7901) (Signatory)

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1997 Cask 6574 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.0%

Distilled at the Mortlach distillery in September 1997, this little gem was aged for 13 years in a single cask (a refill butt) before bottling for Douglas Laing’s stellar Old Malt Cask range in…  More info

Mortlach 13 Year Old 1997 Cask 6574 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 12/943) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.8%

A fabulously well-aged Speyside whisky from veteran bottlers Signatory. Presented at full cask strength with an outturn of 315 bottles.  More info

Mortlach 21 Year Old 1991 (cask 12/943) - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)
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Mortlach 15 Year Old 1996 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.0%

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)

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