Mortlach 20 Year "Cowie's Blue Seal" Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aged in a combination of refill and first-fill American and ex-sherry casks this Mortlach beast is part of the new core range for Mortlach.
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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.

This 20 Year single malt is part of the new core range for Mortlach (replacing their Rare Old, Special Strength, 18 Year and 25 Year). Mortlach whiskies have a signature meaty flavor profile, achieved through a 2.81 times distillation process coined “The Way.” Aged in a combination of refill and first-fill American and ex-sherry casks this Mortlach beast is bottled at 43.4% ABV.

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Proof 86.8 (43.4 % ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Mortlach Distillery
Size 750mL
Assertive spice with notes of vanilla, sea salt, and fig. Notes of raisin and leather linger on the finish.
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