Established in 1823 by James Findlater in the wake of the Excise Act, on the site of an older illicit distillery, Mortlach was the first legal distillery in Dufftown. Working with the distillery architect Charles C Doig, Mortlach was expanded in 1897 and the 2.81 distillation process was put into place. Mortlach distillery has 6 stills, 3 wash stills and 3 spirit stills. All of the stills are different shapes and sizes and they all work independently from each other. They create three different spirit characters from the three spirit stills, which are then blended back to create the house style. It’s the equivalent of having three distilleries in one.
In 1964, in order to satisfy blender demand for Mortlach, sections of the distillery’s apparatus were renewed and buildings altered, but the main pattern of operation was left untouched, including the outside wooden worm tubs used to cool and condense the spirit.
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500 ml, 43.4% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This new introductory expression of the Mortlach range was matured in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks. "Stewed and dried fruits mingle with light earth notes, wet Labrador, supple shoe leather, and varnish. A drop of water is all that’s needed to add a savory element and even some funky fruitiness reminiscent of cooking agave. The palate is big and chocolaty with some meat underneath. Hefty but elegant. The distillery character is not only intact, but enhanced." (Dave Broom)
700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Another Mortlach Single Cask, 13 years old, distilled on 9/10/1998 and bottled at 46% abv on 28/8/2012. Matured in American ex-Bourbon oak cask number 10992.
"A really well rounded and enjoyable dram"
700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Speyside)A 15 year old Gordon & MacPhail bottling from the Mortlach distillery, aged in first fill and refill sherry casks. "A stately, refined example of sherried Mortlach"
700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Speyside)This fantastic Mortlach, Single Cask, 22 year old, is non-chill filtered, no added colouring and bottled at 46% abv. Distilled on 7/3/1990 and bottled on 18/4/2012. Matured in an American ex-Bourban oak cask. Cask No 1650.
700 ml, 43% abv, Scotland (Speyside)A 21 year old Gordon & MacPhail bottling from the Mortlach distillery, aged in refill sherry casks.
700 ml, 57.2% abv, Scotland (Speyside)An 18 year old Gordon & MacPhail bottling from the Mortlach distillery, matured in first fill bourbon casks and bottled in 2018 at 57.2% abv.
500 ml, 43.4% abv, Scotland (Speyside)Mortlach has now released a new range of quality single malts including this 18 year old which was matured in a combination of Sherry and refill American oak casks.
"This famous flavor is due to Mortlach’s unique '2.81 distillation' process, which involves a calibrated distillation of spirit using all three of Mortlach stills. Each of these stills has a different design, and it is that process that seems to give 'the Beast' its fabled strength"