Mortlach 18 Year Old Edition 2014-2018 (50cl, 43.4%)
A classy bottling of Mortlach, matured for 18 years in sherry and refill American oak casks. This was launched in 2014 as part of the new Mortlach core range, but after drawing criticism for its high price point and small bottle sizes, the range was quickly rethought again 2018 with this expression discontinued.
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.