With an extremely limited cask yield of just 94 bottles, the rare Mortlach 47-Year-Old is a coveted single malt among whisky connoisseurs.
Speyside Distillery Mortlach unveiled its oldest single malt whisky in April 2019, Mortlach 47-Year-Old. The first release from the distillery’s series, The Singing Stills, it is a bold collection of incredibly rare single cask expressions drawn from the final three American oak casks of 1971.
Known to be a closely guarded secret of the whisky world, Mortlach has been revered by aficionados as “The Beast of Dufftown” for its rich character. What makes Mortlach extra special is the mystique that surrounds its distillation process. Since 1896, its whisky has been precisely distilled 2.81 times in a mysterious method called “The Way”, which is made even more curious by the whimsical hum that emanates from the copper stills. The Singing Stills Series celebrates these enigmatic notes from the stills and incredible robust character of Mortlach, which set the liquid apart from the sweet and mellow style of other Speyside whiskies.
Distilled and matured by experts and kept at its original warehouse since 1971, Mortlach 47-Year-Old is the oldest ever bottling direct from the distillery. Global Scotch Brand Ambassador Ewan Gunn expounds on the flavour: “Mortlach’s exceptionally bold and complex flavours effortlessly bridge the gap between mellow and smoky. This Mortlach 47-Year-Old is an exquisite single malt Scotch whisky. Authentic in character, it 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.”
With a yield of only 94 bottles from the first cask, Justerini & Brooks – rare and collectable wine and spirit merchants and Royal Warrant holders since 1761 – exclusively conducted a global online registration for balloting a portion of these rare bottles in the UK for the whisky’s launch in April 2019.
Exquisitely presented in a bespoke glass bottle with angular shoulders and enclosed in a royal blue case, bottle number 8 of Mortlach 47-Year-Old was sold for $50,000 at a charity auction conducted by Bonhams in Singapore, ahead of its official release on March 25, 2019. With 40 Mortlach collectors in attendance, the ultra-exclusive event was hosted by the Diageo Private Client Team – South East Asia for Rare and Exceptional Spirits. All proceeds were donated to the Daughters of Tomorrow, a charity dedicated to supporting underprivileged women with the skills and confidence to make a living for themselves and their families.
Whisky connoisseurs will be glad to know that the Diageo Private Client Team in Singapore has procured a few precious bottles of the second and final tranche of Mortlach 47-Year-Old – retailing at $19,400 – for direct sales to an exclusive few this year.