Presented at Highland Spirit, a historically listed building and the locally famous home of Grant the Coppersmith, lodgings of the Mortlach Exciseman and the old North Bank of Scotland.
Enjoy a welcoming dram of the new release Mortlach 18 Year Old. You will first hear the history of Mortlach distillery, (established 1823, the first legal distillery in Dufftown). This was where William Grant of Glenfiddich fame learned his trade.
See how the original smuggling flasks made by the Coppersmith were used to steal whisky? What has Johnnie Walker's connection? How did Mortlach whisky pay for health care? Drink a Mortlach dram to find out.
How was illicit whisky made in the Clock Tower when the town was full of Excisemen?
A short walk to Mortlach Kirk to see where the Celtic Monks first distilled in 566AD. This is the oldest, continually used religious site in the UK. We visit the grave-robbers watchers hut, the Grant Family grave, have a dram with the Mortlach Brewer and hear about the legendary battle with the Danes. What do the symbols on the 6th Century Pictish stone mean?
A stop at the historic kiln of Mortlach Distillery and sip on the renowned but discontinued 16YO Flora and Fauna. Why the odd 2.81 distillation process? Learn how the traditional worm-tubs and "Wee Witchie" give Mortlach its oily robust notes. How did the iconic Pagoda's of Scotland's distilleries come about? Why does the new pipeline make the cows unhappy?
You will hear about the role of the Mortlach Exciseman and will have a go using some of his original instruments to measure the strength/volume of alcohol.
Lastly a 30YO dram from 1984! (Distilled before the cast iron mash tun was removed).
Lots more besides.
- Mortlach 18YO (new release)
- JW Platinum 18YO
- G&M Mortlach 15YO (refill sherry butts)
- Flora and Fauna 16YO (discontinued 2012 and increasingly rare favourite)
- G&M Mortlach Exclusive 19YO (1st fill bourbon)
- The Coopers Choice 1995 18YO
- G&M Mortlach 1984 30YO (sherry butt)
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The easy walk is just over a mile long, lasts about 2.5 hours and is accompanied by 7 drams (15ml). Price £69 per person (minimum 2 people). Offered by Alistair as a qualified walking guide and whisky buff, by arrangement for you. Can be booked as an extra with your room or book separately by phone or email or in person.