Details revealed for new Mortlach whiskies

Mortlach 18Diageo has revealed details of its new releases of Mortlach whisky after its announcement of investment in the distillery and brand.

Three new Mortlach variants will be available in the UK from June and, due to the very limited supplies of the liquid, each will be sold in 50cl bottles.

Aimed at connoisseur Scotch whisky drinkers, Mortlach Rare Old is a complex and bold expression with a recommended retail price of £55.

Mortlach 18 Year Old, characterised by meaty notes, malty sweetness and balancing acidity, will have a recommended retail price of £180 while Mortlach 25 Year Old, which is highly complex and multi-faceted with dense layers of decadent sweetness, has a recommended price of £600.

The new expressions will be available through Coe Vintners, Venus, Speciality Drinks, Vanquish and Amathus.

Their release follows December’s announcement that Diageo is to spend nearly £30million on the Speyside distillery which has mostly been providing whisky for blends. Aiming to double capacity, expansion includes an additional stillhouse.

The packaging is inspired by the heritage of the distillery which was the first to be built in Dufftown. It was founded by entrepreneurial Scottish civil engineer George Cowie and his son Dr Alexander Cowie.

In tribute to these pioneers, the design style of the new packaging is rooted in an engineered world, reminiscent of beautiful man-made structures but also elegant, luxurious and contemporary.

The engineering cues incorporated in the bottle design are most visible in the faceted base of the Rare Old & Special Strength bottles while the metal structures of the 18- and 25-year-old bottles protect, enhance and display the fine single malts they contain.

The design of the metal structures has been inspired by some of the great engineering feats of the Victorian period, especially the cantilever bridge design on Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge.

Georgie Bell, global brand ambassador for Mortlach, said: “Mortlach whiskies are a celebration of those audacious thinkers who shape and make today’s world, just as their forefathers did in the era in which Mortlach was born. These spectacular bottles help tell that story.”

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