Mortlach 19 Year Old Manager's Dram 2002

Mortlach 19 Year Old Manager's Dram 2002

$795 AUD

55.8% 70 cl

The Manager’s Dram series of whiskies were bottled exclusively for employees of what is now known as Diageo.  These whiskies were selected by the respective distillery managers within Diageo’s malt distilleries and bottled at natural cask strength.

A 19 year old refill cask was selected for the 2002 Mortlach Manager's Dram release signed by Gordon Donoghue.

This was originally a staff-only bottling, though we hold a few thanks to Diageo's rule that staff may sell their staff-only bottlings after they've retired.  Needless to say, this simply adds to the scarcity of this particular expression.

This product is located in Australia.


Mortlach Distillery

This is one of the Dufftown distilleries and by far the oldest dating back to1823, the next not appearing until 1887 in the form of Glenfiddich. A bewildering number of owners of Mortlach came and went until John Walker & Sons purchased it a hundred years later from the Cowie family in 1923, two years before Walker’s became part of DCL. George Cowie & Son Limited continued as a subsidiary of Walker’s and was for a long time the licensee of Mortlach and so that connection remained for many years.

Without going into exacting detail, suffice to say here that Mortlach’s claim to fame is its unique method of distillation – not quite triple distillation but close to it and producing a particularly robust whisky in much demand by the blenders for its richness of flavour and bouquet, but also highly prized, for much the same reasons, as a single malt. It is, thus, a very different animal from the other, more traditional Speyside distilleries in the vicinity. It remains an important component of the Johnnie Walker blends, which may be why its future and, indeed, expansion is assured. The relatively scarce early examples as a single malt, whether from the distillery itself or from the independent bottlers, will surely see their values increase as Mortlach becomes better known.