There are plenty of covetable single malts but some stand out amongst their peers to become revered for their exceptional character and flavour profile. This year, Mortlach joins the league of extraordinarily rare single cask expressions with the Mortlach 47-Year-Old.
Launched as the first in The Singing Stills series — a bold new collection which puts the spotlight on the final three casks of 1971 — the Mortlach 47-Year-Old is the oldest ever bottling direct from its distillery. It’s also imperative to note that this whisky has spent the entire distillation process in its original warehouse since 1971, making its provenance all the more valuable.
This exceptional cask yielded a total of only 94 bottles. Discerning collectors and connoisseurs are able to purchase this extremely rare expression via a global online registration with rare wine and spirits merchant Justerini & Brooks for £10,000 each.
As the first of Dufftown’s famous seven distilleries, Mortlach has always been a closely guarded secret in the world of Scotch. Its whiskies all undergo a mysterious distilling process only referred to as ‘The Way’, which is accompanied by a ‘whimsical hum’ from the copper stills when they’re started after a period of rest — hence The Singing Stills series.
Little wonder then, that Mortlach has been nicknamed ‘The Beast of Dufftown’. The whiskies are iconic for their unusually robust flavours, considering Speyside’s offerings are well known for their sweet and mellow properties. This expression in particular will deliver a velvety body with notes of dark chocolate, hot toasted wood and honey, before finishing with a touch of smoke.
On the eve of opening the global registration, Mortlach extended the opportunity of sampling this precious liquid to 47 lucky connoisseurs in London and Singapore. The latter saw an exclusive tasting session that took place amidst the sophisticated setting of private members’ club 1880, where an original piece of music — inspired by the still’s sounds — by contemporary composer Alexis Ffrench was also played for the first time.
As expected of such an extremely limited collectible, the Mortlach 47-Year-Old single malt scotch whisky is presented in an exquisitely-cut bespoke glass bottle — with standout angular shoulders, no less — and encased in a commanding royal blue case, sealing the distillery’s reputation as being one of the finest around the world.