Mortlach 1938 Gordon and MacPhail 70 Year Old Generations
Upon its release in March 2010, this Mortlach was the oldest single malt in the world. It has since only been bettered by releases from Macallan and its Gordon & MacPhail Generations stablemate, the Glenlivet 80-year-old released in 2021.
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 a permanent range was finally added. Thankfully, there have been many spectacular independent labels like this released 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.
The fruits of this partnership are in full bloom here, a staggering age statement that was distilled on 15th October 1938 and has been aged in a combination of casks which included a first-fill ex-Sherry hogshead.
The release was bottled between 54 of these full size decanters, and a further 162 in the 20cl size.
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