Mortlach 13 Year Old Special Release 2021 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distilled in 2007, this expression was aged in refill and virgin American oak casks before being bottled at 111.8 proof. With no sherry casks in the mix, this is a different take on Mortlach's signature savory style.
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Situated in the heart of the Speyside region of Scotland, Dufftown is known as the Whisky Capital of the World. The village, which produces more malt whisky than any other town in Scotland, is home to seven distilleries, the oldest of which is Mortlach Distillery.

Mortlach Distillery was founded in 1823 by James Findlater, together with his friends Alexander Gordon and James Macintosh. In 1831, however, Findlater sold the distillery to John Robertson for the paltry sum of ₤270. In 1837, it was sold again to John and James Grant, who dismantled the distilling equipment and shuttered the doors to the distillery. For the next two decades, the building was used first as a brewery, and then, rather curiously, a church. In 1851, however, the distillery began producing whisky once more. Even at the time, it was an impressive distillery, according to the Wine & Spirits Trade Record. The distillery had two still-houses: "in one there are three old-fashioned stills…in the other there are three larger stills, installed in 1897.” The distillery also had “four gigantic malt floors, and the largest mash tun in the district.”

In 1964, the distillery was largely rebuilt and today houses a unique configuration of six stills. The stills — three wash stills and three spirit stills — are each different shapes and sizes (one still is nicknamed “Wee Witchie” because it is shaped like a witch’s cap), and aren’t paired together. This unusual configuration, together with the partial triple distillation method used at Mortlach Distillery, produces a whisky that is full-bodied and meaty.

Diageo's 2021 Special Releases Collection follows the theme of hidden stories within iconic distilleries, connected via mythical creatures depicted on the bottles. The Mortlac 13 Year Old Special Release features the distillery's signature meaty and savory style with meaty and woody notes. Aged in refill and virgin American oak casks, the expression is bottled at 111.8 proof.

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Proof 111.8 (55.9% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Mortlach Distillery
Size 750mL
Mortlach's signature style is apparent in the meaty and woody aromas that greet the nose. The palate is intense and sweet with vanilla and savory spice, culminating in a dry and oaky finish.
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