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15 years old
40 %
LAST BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY             
Proprietors: George Cowie & Son Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

21 years old
40 %                 
Proprietors: George Cowie & Son Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

10 years old
43 %            
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

13 years old
59,5 %  
Distilled May 80

Bottled Jan 94
Society Cask No. code 76.11
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh.

12 years old
46 %  

Matured in a Sherry Butt
Distilled 22nd August 1989
Bottled 7 th June 2002
Cask No. 3652
Genummerde flessen
827 Bottles
No Chillfiltration
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

16 years old
43 %   
Distilled 1976
Bottled 1992
Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown, Keith,

1 9 5 9  
42 years old
40 %
Distilled 1959
Bottled 2001
Proprietors: George Cowie & Son, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

10 years old
CENTENARY RESERVE 1895- 1995     
100 years of quality and exellence
Distilled 1984
Bottled 1995
Proprietors: George Cowie & Son, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

20 years old
Distilled 27.8.75
Bottled 3.96
Cask No. 6250
315 bottles
Van Wees, Amersfoort

20 years old
62,2 %  
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1978
Bottled May 1998
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
George Cowie & Son, Elgin

17 years old
63,1 %   

Year of Distillation 1980
Bottled in 1997
Limited Bottling
Genummerde flessen
Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown, Keith,

13 years
58,6 %
Distilled Jun 90
Bottled Jul 03
Society Cask code 76.33
Outturn 644 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Something for everyone'

13 years old
Distilled Jun 90
Bottled Jul 03
Society Cask code 76.34
Outturn 655 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, dinburgh
''Carnations and treacle'

12  years old
44 %               

This product was originally
Distilled on 23th August 1989
Cask No. 3665
Especially selected by A. Rickards,
Master Blender
Numbered Bottles
720 Bottles
Imported by S. Fassbind AG, Oberath
The Moray Malt Whisky Ltd, Edinburgh.

32 years old
50,1 %  
Fine Cask
Natural Cask Strength
Uniquely distilled
Distilled: 1971
Bottled: 2004
2160 numbered and
hand etched bottles
Limited Edition
Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown, Keith, Banffshire

21 years old
80o Proof / 45.7 G.L. 1
Distilled January  1957
Bottled May  1978
Proprietors:  George Cowie & Son Ltd
Wm. Cadenhead, 18 Golden Square,   

13 years old
46 %           

VINTAGE   1991
Distilled on:  04.06.1991
Bottled on: 12.04.2005
Matured in:   Sherry Butt
Cask No:   4814
763Numbered Bottles
No Chill-Filtration
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

50 years old
40 %     
The Dram Taker's
Adepted from the Book of Kells,
circa 700 A.D.
Distilled on 31st December 1942
Matured in selected casks
at the distillery
and more recently
in our warehouses
in Elgin
The whisky was drawn from cask
on its 50th Anniversary,
Thursday 31st December 1992
in the City and Royal Burgh of Elgin

Numbered Bottles
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin,
Scotland Specialists
in Fine Malt Whiskies since 1895

1 9 9 0                                                           
18 years old
46 %
Distilled: 12/09/90
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Cask no: 5962
Bottled: 28/11/08
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company, Amersfoort

46 %
1 9 9 0
Matured  for  21 years             
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 17/09/90
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Cask no: 6077
Bottled: 11/05/12
775 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

VINTAGE  2 0 0 3
10  years old  
46 %                                  
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 09/06/03

Matured in a bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 800221
Bottled: 06/11/13
335 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

Aged  26 years old
59.4 %          
Date distilled: 24TH  April 1986
Society Cask No: 76.94

Cask type: Refill Hogshead  ex Bourbon
Outturn:  Only one of 249 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Totally flavoursome"

Aged 18 years  
56,5 %                             
Date Distilled:  19th jul 1995
Cask Type: Refill  Butt / ex Sherry
Society Single Cask No: Code: 76.115
Outturn: One of Only 535 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Glamping in a Yurt

Aged 25 years
48.4 %                              
Date Distilled: 5th October 1988
Cask Type: Refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Society Single Cask No: CODE 76.117
Outturn: One of only 248 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
A grand old lady in the piano shop

VINTAGE  2 0 0 8
Matured for 6 years
46 %             
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 13/03/08
Matured in Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 800011
358 Numbered Bottles
Bottle no: 64
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky

Aged  18 years  
56.7 %                    
Date Distilled 19TH  July 1995
Cask Type: Refill Butt / ex Sherry
Outturn: One of only 586 Bottles
Society Single Cask No: 76.119
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"On Christmas day in the morning!"

VINTAGE  1 9 8 4
43 %                    
Speyside Single Malt Whisky
Distilled 1984
Bottled 2014
Proprietors: George Cowie & Son Ltd
Mortlach Distillery Dufftown
Matured & Bottled by
Gordon & Machail, Elgin

VINTAGE  2 0 0 8
7 years old  
46 %                                
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 13/03/08
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 800014
Bottled: 19/03/15
317 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

15 years
43 %
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Proprietors George Cowie & Son Ltd
Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown
Matured & Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

Tasting note:
Sherry aromas with malty undertones and a fresh citrus edge.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Sweet candied fruit flowers infuse with baked apple, raisin and
orange followed closely by charred  oak.

2 0 0 8
10 years
46 %
The Ultimate Single malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 13/03/08
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 800095
Bottled: 02/05/18
303 Bottles
Bottle 123
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

Matured for 10 years
46 %
The Ultimate Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside Single Malt
Distilled: 13/03/08
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no: 800094
Bottled: 04/05/18
292 Bottles
Bottle 64
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL.

Aged 25 years
56.3 %
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strenght Collection
Distilled: 14/0501991
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Cask No: 4243
Bottled: 16/06/2016
594 Bottles
BottleNo: 187
Natural Colour
Casks Individually selected and bottled
by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co,

Est 1823
Aged 15 years
Classic Malts Selection
46 %
A Single Malt Scotch from
The Game of Thrones Collection
Finished in Ex – Bourbon Casks
Limited  Edition Collection
of Single Malts
Mortlach Distillery, Dufftown,
Keith, Banffshire


Six Kingdoms:Mortlach
House Torgaryen:Cardhu
House Stark:Dalwhinnie
House Lannister:Lagavulin
House Tully:Singleton
House Tyrell:Clynelish
House Baratheon:Royal Lochnagar
House Greyjoy:Talisker
The Night’s Watch:Oban               


Dufftown, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: George Cowie & Son Ltd. Mortlach is onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.) De malt divisie van United Distillers Ltd.Eigendom van Guinness.

betekent 'grote vreugde'. Op deze plaats versloegKoning Malcolm de Tweede de Denen in 1010. Het was de eerste gebouwde distilleerderij te Dufftown en kreeg een licensie in 1823. Het proceswater werd betrokken van John's Well. Nu komt het water van bronnen in de Conval Hills en koelwater van de rivier Dullan.

De eerste licentienemer was James Findlater die het land huurde van de Earl of Macduff. Findlater had twee compagnons van 1822 - 1825: Donald Mclntosh enAlexander Gordon, beiden afkomstig van Elgin.
In 1831 stond Mortlach te koop en John Robertson,distillateur en looier kocht de distilleerderij voor E 270 .Mortlach was gesloten in 1832.

In 1833 kocht Arthur Thomas Gregory Mortlach. In 1837was Mortlach weer gesloten. In 1862 worden J. en J Grantvan Glen Grant te Aberlour de eigenaars van Mortlach. Zij verwijderden alle aperatuur en Mortlach was enige jaren in gebruik als kerkgebouw van de 'Free Church'.

John Gordon was de volgende eigenaar en begon er een bierbrouwerij om wat later ook te gaan distilleren. John Gordon had toen acht mensen in dienst en zijn whisky die een uitstekende naam had werd verkocht onder de naam The Real John Gordon. Mortlach was toen, net als zoveel andere distilleerderijen, een boerderij - distilleerderij, met 24 stuks rindvee en 150 varkens. Onder zijn leiding expandeerdeMortlach.

George Cowie (1816 - 1896)
een landmeter, werd deelgenoot in 1853 en na Gordon's dood in 1867 de alleen eigenaar. Toen zijn éne zoon stierf werd Alexander Mitchell Cowie, dokter in de medicijnen
te Hong Kong zijn opvolger in 1895 en onder zijn leiding kwam Mortlach tot grote bloei. In 1896 werd een aftakking gemaakt van de spoorweg vanaf Dufftown tot aan de distilleerderij en er kwam electriciteit.
Mortlach was toen de grootste distilleerderij in de streek metin twee ketelhuizen zes ketels. In de lagerpakhuizen kon 5.200.000 liter whisky rijpen. Cowie's enige zoon stierf in de eerste wereldoorlog en Mortlach werd verkocht aan John Walker & Sons Ltd, in 1936. In tegenstelling tot de meeste andere distilleerderijen bleef Mortlach geopend gedurende de tweede wereldoorlog, uitgezondert 1944.

Mortlach werd van 1960 tot 1964 kompleet nieuw gebouwd.Sinds 1971 worden de zes ketels met stoom verhit, de kapaciteit is 1 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.

De zes ketels, geen van de ketels is gelijk,staan drie (wash-) en drie spiritstills) bij elkaar op rij.
In wash still nummer drie, en spirit still wordt normaal gedistilleerd. De voor- en naloop wordt gescheiden van de middeloop. Dat eindprodukt met een alcoholpercentage van 70 % dat wordt gescheiden in de wash stills nummer één en twee in twee delen, namelijk in staarten van 10 % en koppen van 35 %. Daarna worden de koppen uit de wash stills nummer één en twee voor de tweede keer gedistilleerd in spirit still nummer 2.
De staarten uit de wash stills nummer één en twee worden verzameld tot spirit still nummer één gevuld kan worden, hierin wordt dan drie maal gedistilleerd, respectievelijk met 15 %, 20 % en 70 %
Nu worden de voor- en naloop weer gescheiden van de middenloop en alle distillaten van de verschillende spirit ketels worden nu in één spirit ontvanger met elkaar gemengd en gaat de spirit in de vaten.

Tot de distilleerderij behoren drie boerderijen: Muirs , 27 hectare, Pitglassie, 60 hectare en Auchanhandoch 44 hectare groot.

Op 12 Mei 1997 wordt de fusie aangekondigd tussenGuinness en Grand Metropolitan en op 22 Oktober 1997wordt de nieuwe naam bekend gemaakt van de gefuseerden:Diageo.

Het water komt van de Conval heuvels:
van Dykehead en Catscraig.
De Mash tun is 12 ton.
Er staan zes Wash backs van elk 62000 liter.
Drie Wash stills hebben een inhoud van elk
7500 liter, één 17.500 liter.
Drie Spirit stills zijn allen verschillend, één
is groot 8000 liter, één 8500 liter en één 9500 liter.
De ketels worden met stoom verhit.
De capaciteit is 2.000.000 liter spirit per jaar.

De distilleerderij kat Blaijr is overleden  in 2001.

2005 Kapaciteit: 2.800.000 liter spirit per jaar.

October 2005
Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last.
The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.
Dr. Nicholas Morgan,
global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity'. In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Releases series.

There are now seven distilleries in Dufftown, within a radius of a mile. Mortlach was the only one until 1887. It was licensed, in 1823, under the Act of that year which reduced the duty on spirits from an exorbitant to a moderate level and thereby removed much of the incentive for illicit distilling. According to a local tradition, recorded in 1887, MortlachDistillery was built on the site of an illicit still that drew its water from a spring called Highland John's Well. Today process water comes from springs in the Conval Hills and cooling water from the River Dullan.The applicant for the licence, James Findlater, had obtained a lease of land from the Earl of Macduff. He had two partners in 1822-25:Donald Mcintosh and Alexander Gordon, both ofDufftown. The distillery was advertised for sale in 1831, when John Robertson, distiller and tanner, bought it for £270. The excise records, and presumably the distillery, were silent in 1832, but in the following year production was resumed by Arthur Thomas Gregory. It closed again in1837.

Some years thereafter, according to a description of the parish of Mortlach, published in the Elgin Courant for 21 February 1862: "Mortlach Distillery was . . . purchased byMessrs. J. & J. Grant of Glengrant, then distillers atAberlour. This firm took away the distillery apparatus, and the distillery was unoccupied for some years, the barley granary serving in the interval as a Free Church until one was erected in Dufftown. Mr. John Gordon then bought the distillery, and for some time conducted a brewery business in it. In a short time, however, he commenced distilling ..." Since then, the paper added ". . . the works have been greatly enlarged and improved . . . The supply of water is abundant and fine, and the whole machinery is driven by an overshot wheel, twelve feet in diameter. Eight men are employed at the distillery, and about forty quarters of barley are used weekly. The works are most compact and convenient, and the spirits produced are of excellent quality. They are mostly sold in Leithand Glasgow, but have attained some celebrity in the district under the name of 'The Real John Gordon'."

Residue from the barley used in the fermentation and distilling processes was not wasted. "In byres adjoining the distillery there are generally about 24 cattle kept and fattened upon burnt ale and draff: the ale being conveyed to them in pipes, so that nothing more is necessary thanhe distillery."
George Cowie (1816-96) became a partner in 1853. He was a land surveyor who had helped to survey the new railway lines projected in Banffshire, and subsequently, in the words of his obituarist, "found arduous but pleasant employment in the prosecution of large engineering enterprises in Scotlandand England". As sole proprietor of Mortlach after Gordon'sdeath in 1867, he found scope for his energy in expanding the business and as tenant of Pitglassie Farm, where he bred polled Aberdeen Angus cattle. He took an active part in public life as provost of Dufftown, chairman of the School Board of Mortlach, chairman of the Stephen Cottage Hospital and of other bodies, "having always been found on the side of real progress and improvement".

His son, Dr. Alexander Mitchell Cowie (1861-1940), graduated in medicine at Aberdeen University and secured a senior medical appointment in Hong Kong in 1890. Five years later, when his brother died, he came home to take over the family business. He became one of the leading Highlanddistillers, served on the town council, the county council and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Banffshire.

Major additions to the premises were made in 1897, when a siding was built from the railway, near Dufftown Station,right into the distillery. Electric lighting was installed in the following year. Mortlach then assumed the form described by a contributor to the Wine & Spirit Trade Record in 1923.He found "a veritablevillage" that dwarfed all neighbouring distilleries. It had two barley lofts, four "gigantic" malt floors, the largest mash-tun in the district, seven exceptionally large wash-backs, and two still-houses: "in one there are three old-fashioned stills, with a capacity of about 2,000 gallons (5,200 litres) each (and) in the other are three larger stills, installed in1897". Driving power for the malting and mashing processes was supplied by a new Marshall steam engine of 50 h. p. The substantially built warehouses were capable of storing two million gallons (5,0 litres).

Dr. Cowie, whose only son had been killed in the Great War, sold the business to John Walker & Sons Ltd., of Kilmarnock, in 1923. Mortlach has been operated as a unit of Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd., a subsidiary of The Distillers Company Limited, since 1936. More fortunate than most malt whisky distilleries, which had to close down for the greater part of the second world war owing to restrictions on the use of barley, Mortlach stayed open except in 1944.

SMD embarked in the 1960s on a long-term programme of modernising and re-equipping its distilleries. The cramped lay-out of the site at Mortlach and the condition of the old buildings made it necessary to demolish and replan the premises from scratch. In the new distillery, completed in 1964, the mash-house and tun-room were combined in an open plan, and the six stills, previously hand-fired, were converted to a mechanical coal-stoking system. The stills were again converted, in 1971, to internal heating by steam.

The site of the complex covers 6 acres (2.4 hectares). SMDowns 12 houses for occupation by employees at the distillery. The company also owns the adjoining Pitglassie Estate which comprises three farms: Muirs (67 acres or 27 hectares),Pitglassie (150 acres or 60 hectares) and Auchanhandoch (109 acres or 44 hectares). The main products of all three farms are beef cattle and lambs.
The licensed distillers are George Cowie & Son Ltd.
,Kilmarnock. They blend and bottle John Barr Scotch Whisky and bottle Mortlach as a single malt whisky.

HEN HARRIER (Circus cyaneus)

At the beginning of this century persecution by keepers meant that the Hen Harrier was a rare sight, restricted to theOrkneys and Outer Hebrides. Since changes in the wildlife law has given them protection they have increased in numbers and spread their range rapidly.

Males are grey with a white rump patch and dark wing tips, females are brown with streaked underparts. They bredd on open moorland, nesting on the ground. During breeding the male does most of the hunting bringing small birds close to the nest. The female then rises and takes the food from her mate in the air, turning upside down to do so.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a charitable organisation whose aims are to promote the concervation of the wildlife ofScotland. A donation will made to the Trust for every bottle sold.
Uitgebracht in 1983.

The World's oldest whisky:
Distilled on the 15th October 1938.
bottled at cask strength 46.1 %. 70 years old
Released in the "Generations" range
Matured in a ex - sherry butt from
Cardinal de Salis, Royal Sherry Co, Sherez
Bottled on 15th October 2008 and presented
in a tear - shaped crystal decanter, hand
blown and nestled in a silver base, framed
in a handmadeBrazilian Rosewood box
Bottled: 54 Decanters each 10.000 Pounds,
and 162 Decanters á 20 cl each 2500 Pounds

April 2013
Diageo has named Teaninich near Alness as the location for its plans to build a new 50 million pound new malt whisky distillery and will be adjacent the existing Teaninich distillery
but will have its own name and indentity and will have the capacity to produce 13 million litres of spirit per annum from its 16 stills.

Diageo also invest 12 million pound in expanding theTeaninich distillery to almost doubless capacity. The site will also feature a bio - energy plant. The work will begin in 2014.

Diageo also will invest in Mortlach distillery  in building a new still house and an other investment will be at Glendullan distillery to process co products in an anaerobic digestion process,
producing bio - gas which will be used to power the Glendullan distillery.

There are also expansion and upgrade developments for more then 40 million pound in Linkwood, Mannochmore, Glendullan, Dailuaine, Benrinnes, Inchgower, Cragganmore, Glen Elgin, Glen Ord
and in a new bio - energie plants in Glenlossie and Dailuaine. Also new warehouse are build at Cluny near Kirkcaldy. And at Talisker a new visitor centre is build for a 1 million pound.

Water: Conval Hills:
Dykehead & Catscraig
Mash tun: 1 x 12 tonnes
Washbacks: 6 x 62000 litres
3 wash stills: 2 x 7500 litres,
1 x 17.500 litres
3 spirit stills: 1 x 8000 litres,
1 x 8500 litres, 1 x 9500 litres
Output: 2.000.000 litres

Diageo to reinvent Mortlach with £30m investment
Scotland's biggest whisky maker has this evening unveiled plans to breath fresh life into one of Speyside's oldest distilleries by launching a single malt made at Mortlach, described as "the beast of Dufftown".
Diageo - which owns blended brands including Bell's, J&B and Johnnie Walker - will pump nearly £30 million into building a second still house at Mortlach to replicate the complex shape of distillery's stills.
Up until now, only a few bottles of Mortlach single malt have been released to connoisseurs, with the vast majority of production going towards blends.

Next summer, four versions of the Scotch - rare old, special strength, 18-year-old and 25-year-old - will be sold to the duty-free and luxury markets.
The FTSE 100 group - which also makes Gordon's gin, Guinness stout and Smirnoff vodka - said that the investment would form part of the £1 billion expansion plan unveiled last year.
The company revealed in April that its investment programme would include expansion on Speyside and has now unveiled details of the scheme.

Diageo said: "Mortlach has been described by whisky connoisseurs as 'The Beast of Dufftown', for its rich and powerful flavours, produced in an astonishingly complicated and unique distillation process.
"For decades, Mortlach's output has been largely captured by blenders to add its unique notes to complex blended Scotchwhiskies - though in recent times, a very limited number of bottles of Mortlach single malt whisky have been available, and sold rapidly to connoisseurs in the know.

"But now for the first time, and in response to suggestions over the years that such a rewarding single malt whisky deserved a wider market, it will be available in global markets in four expressions aimed at global travel and the luxury and connoisseur segment."

Diageo to release The Beast
December, 2013

Diageo has told the trade it will rerelease Mortlach single malt scotch next year, a dram dubbed "The Beast of Dufftown".
In recent years the Speyside distillery's heavy, dark whisky was reserved for blending and has only been made available in very limited numbers as a single malt, but the Dufftown site will now see capacity doubled from 3.8m to 7.6m litres in a project costing £18m.

From mid-2014 the distillery will be renewed and expanded, while the re-branded single-malt will be made available in global markets.
Mortlach single malt will be aimed at global travel retail and the luxury and connoisseur segments and will be released in four expressions: Rare Old, Special Strength, 18 YO and 25 YO.
Diageo will continue to use the distillery's output for its blended whiskies.
Details of distribution and price will be disclosed in February2014.

Rare Old
(43% abv) will have an "affordable luxury price",Nick Morgan, head of whiskies outreach at Diageo, toldDrinks International, and has been aged in a combination of refilled and first fill American and European oak.

Special Strength (49% abv) is a higher proof version ofRare Old, the 18YO (43.4% abv) has been aged in first fill and refill European and American oak, while the 25YO (43.4% abv) was matured in American refill casks but has the character of European oak, said Morgan.

According to Diageo, Mortlach is produced by an "astonishingly complicated and unique distillation process", which has been explained as '2.81 distilled', as most but not all of the whisky is distilled three times.
Dave Broom, said of Mortlach single malt in his The World Atlas of Whisky (2010): "At its best in European oak - it has the muscle to cope - Mortlach has become a cult single malt, but is unlikely ever to be a front-line player because its individuality is too highly prized by blenders.
"This throwback to the old days, days before Dufftown even existed, is at the foundation of many famous  blends. It is the dark reduction of whisky to some primal essence."

Diageo has released details and images of Mortlach, the"reborn" single malt that is dubbed "the beast of Dufftown" and which will be launched this summer.
The guide price for Mortlach Rare Old is £55, Mortlach 18 year old is £180, and Mortlach 25 year old is £600.  In global travel retail, Special Strength will be £75.
The group says that limited supply - at least until expansion ofMortlach's distillery is complete - means the bottles will be50cl. For legal reasons, they will be 75cl in the US.
The range will first be available in London and Berlin in June, and in a small number of global travel retail channels.
They will then roll out  in restricted volumes to "the cosmopolitan cities of Asia-Pacific in August (for exampleTaipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne) and at the same time to New York, Chicagoand San Francisco in the United States."

added: "To build more stocks of Mortlach for the years ahead, plans are progressing for the expansion of Mortlach distillery with all the strong purpose, ingenuity and attention to detail of the Cowies, doubling the distillery's capacity.
Referring to the bottle, Diageo said the design was a tribute to the distillery's ex-owner Scottish civil engineer George Cowie, and son Dr Alexander Cowie.
A statement said: "In tribute to these distinguished pioneers, the design style of the new packaging is rooted in an engineered world, reminiscent of beautiful man-made structures, whilst also elegant, luxurious and contemporary."

We, the Tasting Panel, verify that the Scotch Malt Whisky inside this bottle has been
passed under some of the most scrupulous noses in the world and approved for re-
lease as a Society bottling.

Only single cask whiskies that promise to intrigue, entertain and delight our members
are selected, true to our motto: "TO  LEAVE  NO  NOSE UPTURNED

The wash (from clear wort and long fermentation) is split between three wash stills; No. 3 wash still and No.3 spirit still work in tandem and as per normal.
The low wines from wash stills No. 1 and 2 is, however, split into two parts. The first 80% of the run is collected as the charge for spirit still No. 2. The remaining 20% (called weak feints) forms the charge for spirit still No.1 otherwise known as ‘The Wee Witchie’. This distils the weak feints three times with only the heart of the final run being collected. It all adds up to the new make spirit having been distilled 2.81 times.
In addition to this, all the stills are run relatively speedily with no air rests to rejuvenate the copper and all lyne arms running into cold worm tubs. The result of this complex regime in a copper-starved environment is a building up of sulphur and ‘meatiness’ in the new make spirit, with the ‘dud runs’ on the Wee Witchie providing an extra meaty boost. Although it is aged in a mix of casks, Mortlach’s weight makes it an ideal partner with ex-Sherry casks.

While other meaty spirits are made [most notably Benrinnesand Dailuaine] none have Mortlach’s weight, meaning that this alt bottlings bar the occasional independent bottlings (most notably with Gordon & MacPhail) and small batches of a 16-year-old in Diageo’s Flora & Fauna range. Mortlach seemed destined to remain a cult malt.

In 2014, however, that changed with the launch of a four-strong range: Rare Old, Special Strength, (both no-age-statement), 18-year-old, and 25-year-old.

Mortlach was the name of the original village which sprang up around the abbey of the name, founded by Saint Moluag in the 7th century. With the building of Dufftown in 1817 the old name fell in abeyance – apart from the distillery.

The distillery was the first to be licensed within Dufftown, being founded by James Findlater, Donald Mackintosh and Alex Gordon in 1823. It passed briefly into the hands of the Grant brothers of Glen Grant fame who gutted the buildings and used the equipment for their distillery in Rothes.

It was George Cowie and his son Alexander who, from the 1850s on, recommenced whisky production and steered Mortlach to a pre-eminent position as a blending malt.

Although no-one is sure where the unique distillation regime originated, its adherence to richness and weight singles Mortlach out as one of the distilleries with a robust belief in the older ways of making whisky.

It remained in the Cowie’s hands until 1923 when it became part of John Walker & Sons and from there via DCL into Diageo.

In 2014, it was announced that a mirror image of the existing distillery would be built which, when completed, will double total capacity.

James Findlater, Donald Mackintosh
and Alex Gordon found Mortlach
Findlater steps back from the project,
leaving the distillery toGordon and
John Robertson purchases
Mortlach for £270, who then
sells is to A&T Gregory the
following year
Grant brothers, James and
John, become part-owners and
got the distillery
George Cowie becomes part owner,
and takes over sole operation when
John Alexander Gordon dies in
Cowie's son, Alexander, joins the
company and two years later extends
Mortlach's stills from three to six
John Walker & Sons purchase
the distillery from the Cowies
The group becomes part of
Distillers Company Limited
Mortlach halts use of its floor
Four new bottlings are released
as Diageo announces plans to
extend the distillery
A new range is presented,
12 year old Wee Witchie,
16 year old Distiller's Dram
and 20 year old Cowie's Blue
The oldest official Mortlach
bottling ever, 47 years released,
and a 26 years old in the Special
Releases Series
Capacity: 3.800.000 Ltrs
Output: 2.600.000 Ltrs

Worm tub
Minimum 53hrs - 100 hrs
Non peated
Mainly in house
Non peaty
Neck ball
6 (1 intermediate)
Neck ball
Conval Hills Spring

1997 - present
United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1986
John Walker & Sons
1923 - 1925
George Cowie & Son
1867 - 1923
John Gordon and George Cowie
1853 - 1867
John Gordon
1842 - 1853
J&J Grant
1837 - 1842
A&T Gregory
1832 - 1837
John Robertson
1831 - 1832
Donald Mackintosh and Alex Gordon
1824 - 1831
James Findlater, Donald Mackintosh and Alex Gordon
1823 - 1824

November 2017
A 60-year-old bottle of Mortlach single malt, distilled in1938 and bottled in 1999, could fetch up to £20,000 when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s next week.

Mortlach 1938 60-year-old
Pre-war bottling: This Mortlach 60-year-old was distilled on Speyside in 1938
Matured and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, it is bottle number 19 out of a run of 100, packaged in an etched glass decanter with an embossed wax seal over cork, contained in a wood, copper and brass presentation casket.

Also included is an introductory leaflet, and a separate drawer containing a 5cl miniature of the whisky, a glass stopper, a brass padlock and keys, and a pair of lint-free gloves.

The bottle of Mortlach 60-year-old, with a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-20,000, will be sold by Sotheby’s in London next Wednesday (15 November), as part of its Finest and Rarest Wines sale.

The sale also features the cellar of the estate of Antal Post de Bekessy, grandson of American socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post, including a ‘staggering’ collection of wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Rousseau and Méo-Camuzet.

July 2018
Diageo is relaunching its Mortlach range of single malts, and reintroducing a 16-year-old expression, after admitting its previous range ‘disappointed’ whisky fans.

New Mortlach single malt range
Malt makeover: Mortlach’s new range features completely new liquid and revised prices
The Scotch producer had introduced a high-end range of no-age-statement malts in 50cl bottles for its Speysidedistillery in 2014, withdrawing the 16-year-old expression that existed as part of Diageo’s Flora and Faunarange.

The range drew criticism from whisky fans who ‘weren’t happy about the smaller bottle sizes, and the prices that went with those bottle sizes as well’.

Now Diageo has reimagined its Mortlach offering, discontinuing the previous range and introducing four new expressions, including a 16-year-old.

Rich Walker, global head of whisky marketing at Diageo, said: ‘When we launched Mortlach in 2014 we were looking to create a new category. However, we heard from many people we respect and admire that when it came to price and pack we got it wrong.

‘Whilst every whisky we have launched from Mortlachhas always been welcomed and indeed won awards, it was felt that we needed to listen and review our position.’

Mortlach’s previous range was comprised of Rare Old(£55), Mortlach 18 Year Old (£180), Mortlach 25 Year Old (£600) and the travel retail exclusive Special Strength (£75).

The ornate bottles were inspired by the Victorian industrial era in tribute to George Cowie, a Scottishcivil engineer who built Mortlach as the first distillery in Dufftown in 1823.

‘We have now rethought the range and this is our response to that feedback,’ Walker added. ‘We are confident that this outstanding new liquid which is bold in flavour and will deliver success for the brand moving forwards.’

The new range is comprised of three core range expressions – a 12-, 16- and 20-year-old release – as well as a 14-year-old which will be a travel retail exclusive. All four expressions have been bottled at 43.4% abv – the original bottling strength of Mortlach in the early 1900s – and presented in the same bottle as Mortlach Rare Old.

Mortlach ‘Wee Witchie’ 12 Year Old is a ‘meaty, sulphury’ expression matured in American and European oak ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks to ‘showcase Mortlach’s distillery character’.

Described as having notes of chocolate, marmalade and tobacco, it will be available for £50 for a 70cl bottle.

Mortlach ‘Distiller’s Dram’ 16 Year Old has been matured in a mixture of refill and first-fill American and European oak Sherry casks, and is described as ‘more balanced than the Flora and Fauna 16 Year Old’. The expression will be available for around £80 for a 70cl bottle.

Mortlach ‘Cowie’s Blue Seal’ 20 Year Old is named after one of the original bottlings of Mortlach dating back to 1909, which was also the inspiration for the new range’s design.

Matured exclusively in American oak ex-Sherry casks, with a percentage of refill wood, the expression has waxy notes of overripe fruit, wood spice and oak. The expression will be available for £200 for a 70cl bottle.

Finally, Mortlach Alexander’s Way 14 Year Old, named after former distillery owner Alexander Cowie, will be released as a global travel retail exclusive.

Unusually unique: The ‘Beast of Dufftown’ distils its spirit 2.81 times, creating a waxy, meaty style of whisky

Nick Morgan, head of whisky outreach at Diageo, said: ‘Mortlach of course is known as the Beast of Dufftown – big bold uncompromising whisky, totally atypical of that Speyside style of apples and pears.’

Mortlach distillery is unique in that it distils its spirit 2.81 times, a complicated process known as ‘The Way’.

Mark Brunton, Mortlach distillery manager, added: ‘We worked with our colleagues in maturation to create a diverse range with each at its heart still reflecting the bold distillery flavour.

‘The 16-year-old is a classic Mortlach expression, while the 12-year-old offers a strong distillery character through its use of refill casks. The 20-year-old offers a balance of character and distillery character with active wood.’

The new range will be released across Europe, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and the US this autumn.


Some people say Mortlach is distilled 2.7 times, but 2.81 is the official figure.

How does it work? There’s an account on the Mortlachwebsite, but it only takes you so far. Far better is the dissection of the process in this site’s redoubtable Whiskipedia reference resource or that contained in the Chief Engineer’s The World Atlas of Whisky – but, before you click away or rush to your nearest bookshop, let me try to explain.

Mortlach has six stills of various shapes and sizes – it’s as if the distillery owner picked up this bizarre collection at a car boot sale or via late-night bids on eBay.

Two out of the six operate conventionally: one is a wash still, carrying out the first distillation, and the second is the spirit still, carrying out the second distillation. This pair of stills creates one spirit stream.

Four stills left: two of these are wash stills, two are spirit stills. The wash stills carry out the first distillation for our second and third spirit streams.

What they produce is then split between the remaining two spirit stills: 80% of it goes into one spirit still, making our second spirit stream. Meanwhile, the remaining, rather weak 20% goes into the last still – a tiny contraption known as the ‘Wee Witchie’.

This 20% is distilled in the Wee Witchie three times, and the middle cut taken after the third distillation, creating our third spirit stream.

Combine these three spirit streams (all condensed using worm tubs, by the way) and you have a supremely meaty, sulphurous spirit popularly known as the ‘Beast of Dufftown’.

It’s challenging, it’s old school (aptly, as Mortlach is Dufftown’s oldest distillery) and it’s prized for its huge potential longevity, particularly in European oak.

Honest mistake: Diageo relaunched its Mortlach range after admitting its previous series failed to hit the mark with fans.

The set up of the stillroom and the unique process all comes back to the vision of Fr. Alexander Cowie, the son of distillery owner George Cowie, who returned from working in Hong Kong
and wanted to create a bold whisky with ots of strong flavours. In 1896 he increased the numer of stills from four to six, all of them with different shapes and sizes, and introduced Mortlach's unique 2.81 distillation process. A bit like having three distilleries in one building and pretty mind - blowing how it was dreamt up.

The 2.81 process involves splitting the wash or low wines by 80 % and 20 % between spirit stills one and two. The 20 % made up of weak feints, goes into spirit still number one, named
Wee Witchie. The Wee Witchie distills the weak feints 3 times, but only produces spirit from the final run. The weaker charges, known as "dud runs" are distilled off without removing
spirit from them, and so help to build up the strenght for the spirit charge.

Although the Wee Witchie is the smallest still, 7800 litres, its role is fundamental to Mortlach's muscular meaty flavours.

The Wee Witchie still was named so by former distillery manager John Winton, who later went on to become a distillery inspector and during a site visit he said Äye that's the Wee
Witchie in the corner, you need to have one run of spirit from the spirit still in every filling at Mortlach to give the whisky its character.

Each still has iys own worm tub sitting outside the distillery and also here no two are the same shape or size.

Worm tubes are not as efficient as shell and tube condensors, but are very important in defining the whisky's character, it's determinded by using a lot of cold water that condenses
the vapour quickly and reduces the amount of copper contact so giving the whisky a more meaty, sulphury note.

March 2019
Speyside distillery Mortlach is launching its oldest single malt whisky to date, a 47-year-old expression priced at £10,000 a bottle.

Mortlach 47 Year Old whisky
Singing Stills: Mortlach 47 Year Old is the first expression in the distillery’s new series
Only 94 bottles of Mortlach 47 Year Old will be released on 9 April, through a global online registration exclusively with wine and spirits merchant Justerini & Brooks, for £10,000 each in the UK.

Whisky enthusiasts can also register for one of 47 places to sample the expression at tasting experiences in London and Singapore on the eve of the opening of the global registration (8 April) through the Exceptional Whisky website.

Mortlach 47 Year Old was matured in one of three refill American oak hogsheads – the final 1971 casks from the distillery – before being bottled at 46.8% abv.

Described as containing ‘orchard and tropical fruits’ on the nose and ‘soft, ripe fruits with an intriguing combination of sweet and sour notes’ on the palate, the release marks the first expression in Mortlach’s Singing Stills series, a collection of ‘rare’ single cask expressions.

The collection is named after Mortlach’s copper stills, which use a highly complicated 2.81 distillation process and generate a ‘whimsical’ hum when in use.

Master blender Dr Craig Wilson said: ‘Mortlach stands alone and is referred to as “The Beast of Dufftown” for its uncompromising flavour profile, so unusual for Speyside whiskies.

‘This bottling is exquisite for its age and is unmistakably Mortlach, with its intensely complex character and well-balanced flavour profile.’

One bottle of Mortlach 47 Year Old (bottle number 8) will also be auctioned at a private event by Bonhams in Singapore on 25 March.

Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the event’s private charity partner, Daughters of Tomorrow, which provides support and skills education for underprivileged women to earn a living for themselves and their families.

Those interested in the ballot can register their details on the Justerini & Brooks website between 9-23 April.

Registration for the tasting experience opens between 19-31 March, with all spaces allocated by 1 April.

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