Mortlach Unveils New Mortlach 47 Year Old Expression

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Speyside distillery unveils the oldest and most precious liquid from its distillery, Mortlach 47-Year-Old. This is the first release from The Singing Stills Series. A bold collection of incredibly rare single cask expressions, drawn from the final three casks that remain unmoved from its original warehouse since 1971.

Distilled and matured by the distillery manager 47 years ago, the first cask from this series yielded a total of only 94 bottles. According to the cask ledger, these three refill American Oak hogsheads casks were filled in April 1971. They are in outstanding condition and of exceptional quality. 

Using an innovative distillation process unique to Mortlach known as “The Way”, the extremely complex approach has remained unchanged. That’s since it was invented by the owner’s son Dr Alexander Cowie in 1896. The precise 2.81 distillation process is a closely guarded secret. As mysterious as the whimsical hum reverberating from the copper stills during distillation. Known to generations of Master Distillers’ as ‘The Singing Stills’, this exquisite series takes its name in celebration of the mysterious notes that fill the distillery. 

Launching on 9th April, the first of only 94 bottles of Mortlach 47-Year-Old will be released through a global online registration. This will satisfy the anticipated demand from whisky enthusiasts around the world. Justerini & Brooks will exclusively oversee the registration. Interest can be submitted to purchase a bottle at the recommended retail selling price of £10,000 in the United Kingdom. 

On the eve of the opening of the global registration, in two cities, London and Singapore, 47 whisky enthusiasts will join an exclusive tasting experience. They will become some of the first people in the world to taste this rare and intriguing liquid. Enthusiasts can register their interest online at to secure a place. 

Dr. Craig Wilson, Master Blender, said: “Mortlach stands alone and is referred to as ‘The Beast of Dufftown’ for its uncompromising flavour profile, so unusual for Speyside whiskies. This bottling is exquisite for its age and is unmistakably Mortlach, with its intensely complex character and well balanced flavour profile.” 

Ewan Gunn, Global Scotch Ambassador comments, “The sound of the stills is as distinctive to the distillery as the taste of the whisky. Mortlach’s exceptionally bold and complex flavours, effortlessly bridge the gap between mellow and smoky. Authentic in character, Mortlach 47-Year-Old delivers a velvety body with notes of honey, hot toasted wood and dark chocolate leaving a buttery smoothness, with a touch of smoke to finish.” 

A further one bottle of Mortlach 47-Year-Old will be exclusively available, ahead of the global registration via auction for charity by Bonhams on 25th March in Singapore. All the money raised from the private event will go to the chosen charity partner, Daughters of Tomorrow, a charity dedicated to supporting underprivileged women with the skills and confidence to make a living for themselves and their families.  

What do you think of malts with big age statements? Let us know below!

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