The Distillery

Mortlach holds the title as the first legal distillery in Dufftown, the now prominent whisky town in Scotland’s Speyside region.

It was founded in 1823 on the site of a formerly illicit distillery and remained the only whisky producer in Dufftown until Glenfiddich came along in 1887. Glenfiddich founder, William Grant, gained much of his experience working at Mortlach for over 20 years prior to making his own start.

In 1923 the Mortlach distillery was acquired by John Walker & Sons and they began using the majority of production for their blends. Mortlach continues to supply much of their spirit for use in Johnnie Walker products, official single malt releases constitute only a small part of their operations.

When Mortlach started, their output was limited to just 50 gallons per week with the distilled spirits being sold off to Scotland’s wealthy class in 10 gallon casks.

As the small operation grew, the distillery ownership changed hands numerous times until it came under the oversight of George Cowie in 1867. Cowie was mesmerized by the global appeal that the whisky had garnered with such a small scale operation.

Whisky was being sent to America, India, China and Australia at a time when exports of Scotch whisky were quite limited.

Under the Cowie family, the distillery would expand rapidly with a direct railway link, the 2.81 distillation process and one of the first producers to have electricity.

All of the effort gained the attention of John Walker & Sons who decided to make Mortlach a major element of their blended whiskies. This dependence led to their desire for vertical integration and as such acquired Mortlach in 1923. Today Mortlach is owned by Diageo, the parent company of John Walker & Sons and they are still producing top quality whisky.

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This Mortlach 12 Year Old The Wee Witchie is a fantastic expression from a Speyside distillery responsible for an exciting range of bottlings. Launched in mid-2018, this whisky is made up from both bourbon cask matured whisky and sherry matured whisky and the results are well-rounded and tasty dram that brings fresh fruits, winter berries, […]

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The Mortlach 16 Year Old Distiller’s Dram sits in the middle of the popular Speyside distillery’s range, between their 12 and 20 Year Olds. This one is made from whisky matured in first and refill sherry casks and it brings rich and fruity notes to the table alongside a range of subtle spices and oak. […]

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This brilliant Mortlach 18 Year Old was distilled in Speyside and matured for 18 whole years in casks that have imparted delicious, rich and fruity notes onto the spirit. This expression makes up part of the distillery’s popular ‘York House’ series and it was released exclusively for the Asian market, making it hard to find […]

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This Mortlach 20 Year Old Cowie’s Blue Seal is the oldest expression in the Speyside distillery’s core range. Matured solely in sherry casks, it brings deep, rich notes of winter fruits, sticky toffee, raisins and honey together with a range of oaky spices. All of the notes come together and compliment each other in the […]

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