Mortlach Rare Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Mortlach
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon, re-filled European oak, and refashioned hogheads
  • Alcohol 43.4%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • oak
  • caramel
  • sherry
  • ginger
  • butter
  • honey
  • pepper
  • dry
  • spicy

Mortlach

Rare Old (0.75l, 43.4%)
Price $188.99

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Character Goatson
Mortlach Rare Old is engineered as if it were a single-malt Whisky made by Mercedes Benz … and you know, it tastes like it.
 
Dufftown is the Highland hamlet that likes to call itself the “Whisky Capital of the World.” This little town of less than 1700 people is home to six prominent distilleries. One of those is Mortlach. In fact, Dufftown used to be named Mortlach back in the Middle Ages. Founded in 1823 by James Findlater, Mortlach became the first “legal” distillery in Dufftown. The history of Mortlach is an honorable one of tradition, innovation, and engineering—including the famous “2.81” distillation method using multiple still types. 
 
Their finely crafted spirits are a core component of the most premium Johnnie Walker blends—so much so that Johnnie Walker bought the distillery in 1923. Well, mergers and acquisitions being what they are, Mortlach is now owned by the Diageo who, rather than change this valuable nameplate, have instead reinvested, letting them shine out with new single-malt and other special editions. 
 
Mortlach Rare Old is a Whisky made by an engineer—precisely controlled, finely crafted, and all about performance. First, even though they have three wash and three spirit stills like most distilleries, at Mortlach each spirit still is a different shape. So the consistency of the spirit from each one is a tad bit different. Those are blended to form one remarkably complex batch that is actually not double distilled, and not triple distilled… but the final spirit has been distilled 2.81 times on average. And yes, this makes a difference. 
 
Then they move the spirit to traditional “worm tubs”—and don’t be silly… no actual worms we harmed in the process of making this Whisky. Only 13 distilleries in all of Scotland still add this important step. It adds a special thickness, a viscosity that you just have to taste to understand. And the aging barrels are a precise mix too—ex-Bourbon, re-filled European oak, and refashioned hogheads… Geeze, it’s crafted as if it were a single-malt Whisky made by Mercedes Benz, and it tastes like it. 
 
Smartass Corner:
A “hogshead” is a standard large barrel size used in England. Used American barrels make single-malt Whisky awesome, but don’t fit neatly in their storage racks. Well, they discovered that you could use the staves from four ASBs to create three larger, standard English “hogsheads” and thus maximizing storage volume per square foot. 
 
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Speyside
  • Distillery Mortlach
  • Age NAS
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Maturation Ex-Bourbon, re-filled European oak, and refashioned hogheads
  • Alcohol 43.4%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Warm copper.   
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Stone fruits and brown butter.    
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Thick and creamy, with ginger and toffee.   
 
Finish 
Dry and smooth, and tannin. 
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  • oak
  • caramel
  • sherry
  • ginger
  • butter
  • honey
  • pepper
  • dry
  • spicy
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Mortlach was closed several times in its rockier early years. The facility was put to various uses, the most tickling among them: a brief stint as a church.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
Mortlach was closed several times in its rockier early years. The facility was put to various uses, the most tickling among them: a brief stint as a church.
Scotch Whisky is seldom aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation. In addition to that, Whisky is often matured or finished in various wine casks such as Sherry or Port.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
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