Posts Tagged “Closed Distilleries”

Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

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Brora 25 Year Old, From the Year That Ended it All….

Just a week into the new year, and it seems like the right time to taste a Brora distilled in 1983, the distillery’s final year of operation. In the picture from 1930, of course, is the Clynelish distillery, put out of commission in 1968 after the building of the new, modern distillery, after which the…

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Kicking off 2016 in Ayrshire – Tasting the Rarest Distilleries

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Kicking off 2016 in Ayrshire – Tasting the Rarest Distilleries

I chose not to do a recap on 2015. Choosing my top ten drams wouldn’t do justice to the other fabulous whiskies I tasted, and wouldn’t really reflect the whisky year I’ve had. I didn’t recap the year the blog had, but you can see the 10 most popular posts here on the right. I’ll also…

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St. Magdalene Strikes Back – A 32 Year Old Beauty

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St. Magdalene Strikes Back – A 32 Year Old Beauty

There’s something about St. Magdalene’s that holds a special place in my heart. The few St. Magdalenes I’ve had were all complex, and all left me with a desire to further explore this distillery. This is one of the first wave distilleries, established in the 18th century (around 1765, although some accounts put it at…

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The St. Magdalene Engineers’ Beauty – Lost Distilleries Finale

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The St. Magdalene Engineers’ Beauty – Lost Distilleries Finale

Having reviewed the five other drams that were part of the `Gone But Never Forgotten’, we now arrive at my favorite dram of the flight, the St. Magdalene 20 year old, bottled for the 100th anniversary of Diageo Engineering  at the Ainslie & Heilbron’s buildings at 64 Waterloo Street in Glasgow, also depicted on the…

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Royally Silenced – Glenury Royal 36 – Lost Distilleries V

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Royally Silenced – Glenury Royal 36 – Lost Distilleries V

Three distilleries got the distinction of being “royal”. You’d think that that would be a guarantee of longevity for a business, but it isn’t. Glenury Royal was located in the town of Stonehaven in the Eastern Highlands, south of Aberdeen and near other closed distilleries such as Glenesk, Lochside and North Port, in the vicinity of Fettercairn…

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A Surprising Old Convalmore – Silent Distilleries IV

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A Surprising Old Convalmore – Silent Distilleries IV

Convalmore is a fascinating distillery, albeit one you don’t hear much about. The distillery never had its own bottlings, although Gordon and MacPhail regularly bottled whisky from the distillery in the Connoisseur’s Choice series. There’s a saying that “Rome was built on seven hills, and Dufftown built on seven stills”. Two of the seven are no…

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A Brora for the Ages – Silent Distilleries III

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A Brora for the Ages – Silent Distilleries III

The Brora was the only peated whisky in the Gone But Never Forgotten tasting, and was the anchor against which all other whiskies were nosed. Diageo’s Colin Dunn is not one to do things by the book, and his tastings leap all over the place between the whiskies in the glasses. There’s method to the…

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Lost Distilleries Part II – What Happened to Glenesk?

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Lost Distilleries Part II – What Happened to Glenesk?

Glenesk Distillery was known by five names over the eight decades it was in operation: Highland Esk (1897), North Esk (1899), Montrose (1938), Hillside (1964) and finally Glenesk (1980). This is one of the many distilleries that were born out of the late 19th century boom in whisky, and drowned in the great whisky loch of the…

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Lost Distilleries and Extinct Whisky – The Last Millburn

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Lost Distilleries and Extinct Whisky – The Last Millburn

There are quite a few lost distilleries, and I’m not talking about the lost distilleries of yesteryear, Like Towiemore, Scarnish or Glendarroch, rather of those distilleries that were lost in my own lifetime, in the big whisky loch of the 1980s. Some distilleries are household names and are still regularly bottled today, like Port Ellen and Brora, while…

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A Dram at the Bon Accord – Meeting a Closed Distillery – Glenugie 1981

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A Dram at the Bon Accord – Meeting a Closed Distillery – Glenugie 1981

There being no direct flights between Glasgow and Tel Aviv, getting to Glasgow will always involve a transfer. Instead of changing flights, I decided to fly into London and take the train up to Scotland, hoping for a relaxed day of travel, allowing me to arrive fresh in the early evening. Instead, my flight was…

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