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Mortlach 1936 Gordon and MacPhail 50 Year Old 'Book of Kells' Decanter

Lot: 5079161

Mortlach 1936 Gordon and MacPhail 50 Year Old 'Book of Kells' Decanter

Winning Bid: £3,500
(Reserve has been met) This lot currently has: 21 bids

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Mortlach
Age: 
50 Year Old
Vintage: 
1936
Region: 
Speyside
Bottler: 
Gordon & MacPhail
Bottled Strength: 
40%
Bottle Size: 
75cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Mortlach 1936 Gordon and MacPhail 50 Year Old 'Book of Kells' Decanter

Mortlach was founded in 1823 and was the first of Dufftown's "Seven Stills" to be licensed. It rose to pre-eminence under George Cowie & Son, who's unique distillation regime produced a famously "meaty" whisky, which was highly prized by blenders. It was for this reason that it was acquired by John Walker & Sons, and so important to them was it that little stock was left available for bottling as a single malt. The Flora & Fauna release was the first official distillery bottling, but it was not until 2014 that Mortlach was bottled under its own fully fledged single malt brand.  Thankfully, there have been many spectacular releases from independent labels like this over the years.

Gordon & MacPhail were granted a license by DCL to officially bottle Mortlach single malt in the 1970s and 1980s. This long-standing relationship with the distillery has since furnished the Elgin-based independent firm with a steady supply of high-quality casks, and subsequently, high-quality releases.

This pre-war vintage Mortlach was distilled in 1936 and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail on its 50th anniversary in October 1986.

Bearing label art based on the mediaeval, illuminated manuscript for which the series is named, the liquid was drawn from several oak casks, all distilled way back in 1936. Bottled in a hand-made crystal decanter.

 

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