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  • Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

This single malt is one of the first released by Mortlach Distillery, “the Beast of Dufftown,” which is famous for contributing whisky to Johnnie Walker blends.

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Situated in the heart of the Speyside region of Scotland, Dufftown is known 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.

Mortlach 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the newest range of Mortlach single malts. Presented in a bottle designed by Laurent Hainaut, the whisky has a golden amber color and vibrant citrus notes on the nose, especially green apple and dried mango. The palate opens with a tad more sweetness, including gingerbread and orange peel, before developing into a thick, silky combination of dark chocolate and almonds. The whisky finishes with a dry, earthy spice, conjuring wood and even some tobacco leaves.

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Golden amber color and vibrant citrus notes on the nose, especially green apple and dried mango. Palate opens with a tad more sweetness, including gingerbread and orange peel, before developing into a thick, silky combination of dark chocolate and almonds. Finishes with a dry, earthy spice, conjuring wood and even some tobacco leaves.

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