Mortlach Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Mortlach Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Speyside
Address: Dufftown, Keith, Banffshire AB5 4AQ
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1823
Founder: James Findlater
Phone: +44 1340 820 318
Status: Operating
Visits: By appointment only
Notes: First distillery in Dufftown.
Whiskies:
Mortlach 12 YO Single Malt
Mortlach 16 YO Single Malt
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Tobermory Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Tobermory Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Isles 
Address: Main Street, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NR 
Owner: C L Financial Limited 
Founded: 1798 
Founder: John Sinclair 
Phone: +44 01688 302 645 
Status: Operating   
Visits: Easter - October: Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
October - Easter: By appointment. 
Notes: Original name was Ledaig, but the distillery was later renamed Tobermory.
Closed 1930-1972 and 1992-1994. 

Whiskies:
Iona Atoll Single Malt  
Ledaig 15 YO Single Malt  
Ledaig 18 YO Single Malt  
Ledaig 21 YO Single Malt  
Tobermory 10 YO Single Malt 
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12 year old single malt

12 year old single malt

Colour: Light or pale gold.

Nose: Aromatic, with flowers. Clean and simple, with some maltiness. Sherry notes, some spice and vanilla.

Body: Medium, smooth and firm.

Palate: Subtle peatiness. Delicate. Slightly sweet and fruity, with vanilla notes. Clean and well-balanced.

Finish: Long, but mild and warming. A trace of peat at the end.
18 year old single malt


Colour: Dark amber.

Nose: Full. Some peat, floral notes, sherry, honey and fruit.

Body: Firm. Quite smooth.

Palate: Full, round, floral. Some sweetness and quite rich.

Finish: Rich. Drying, with spice and smoke

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Glenlivet In General

Glenlivet was the perfect location in which to make whisky, which is why George Smith built his distillery there in 1824. But it required all his skills as a distiller and his unrivalled knowledge of the glen and its resources to succeed. The Glenlivet of today is George Smith's priceless legacy. Crucially, the three fundamental elements in the whisky making process spring water, copper stills and oak casks have remained unchanged. So have the skills have the people who make it. That is why the Glenlivet is as incomparable now as it was at the beginning.
 
Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard recently announced (2007) that The Glenlivet achieved during 2006 its target of 500,000 9L cases set in 2003 when it was selling 375,000 9l cases, a testament to the unerring commitment of the world’s number two wines and spirits company to making The Glenlivet single malt Scotch whisky the global category leader.
The Glenlivet is one of Pernod Ricard’s 15 strategic global brands and is only the second single malt to ever reach this sales milestone, which is equivalent to 6 million bottles sold a year. It is the second most popular premium malt whisky in the world. The Glenlivet is the number one malt whisky in the dynamic US market, and is also making significant gains in Asia-Pacific markets like Taiwan and Japan as well as key European markets.
In an expanding market, The Glenlivet offers a comprehensive and differentiated range which has very high impact on shelf. Under Pernod Ricard’s ownership, the range has undergone an extensive evolution and has enjoyed strong performances, especially with the recently released Nàdurra Cask Strength which has seen excellent sales particularly in the US.
The Glenlivet portfolio now comprises a core range of 12 Year Old, 15 Year Old French Oak Reserve and 18 Year Old as well as the specialist Nàdurra Cask Strength 16 Year Old and ultra premium 21 Year Old Archive. The Glenlivet Cellar Collection now boasts seven releases and new expressions are expected to be introduced.
The pursuit of perfection inherent to the history of the brand is reflected in the consistent quality of the whisky itself. It is a taste that has stood the test of time, demonstrated by the fact that The Glenlivet has won either a trophy or gold medal every year for the last five years in major competitions. Most recently, The Glenlivet 18 Year Old scooped a trophy and gold medal at the 2006 ISC awards and gold medals were awarded for the 12 Year Old and 21 Year Old at the 2006 IWSC awards.

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Irish Clontarf Whiskey- Some New something Old

When you hear the word "Irish," it may conjure up certain images: green rolling hills dotted with sheep, cable-knit sweaters and fair-freckled cheeks. Those are all well and good, if you're drinking tea.

A new generation has arrived and there's no wool in site. Introducing the new-fashioned approach to Irish whiskey, Clontarf Whiskey, The New Irish. Triple distilled and aged to smooth perfection, it's an old craft with a modern personality.
" The New Irish " means new ideas and new expectations. Clontarf Irish Whiskey delivers. An Irish wake means making waves and an Irish jig has more knee than knee socks. And when you hear somebody say "Kiss me, I'm Irish," you'd better pucker up.

A description?
It’s medium gold colour; a light aroma of toasted oak wood, with hints of toffee and a background maltiness, gives it a rich, soft nose; in the mouth the whiskey is velvety, lush, mellow and smooth; its taste and long finish impart lingering, subtle hints of vanilla, slight maltiness, and notes of toffee. It is balanced, flavourful, easy-to-drink, and refreshing.

And Production:
Using the best grains and pure Irish spring water, Clontarf 1014 is triple-distilled, filtered through Atlantic Irish oak charcoal, and aged four years in bourbon barrels: ten percent is pot stilled single malt whiskey; the rest of the blend is a combination of pot stilled and column stilled grain whiskey. The whiskey comes from Dublin.

It’s inspiration?
Named after the famous Battle of Clontarf in 1014 where Irish High King Brian Boru sent Viking invaders tumbling back into the sea. (Ok now for the Swedes who like history) The Battle of Clontarf took place on 23 April 1014 between the forces of Brian Boru and the forces led by the King of Leinster, Mael Morda Mac Murchada composed mainly of his own men, Viking mercenaries from Dublin and the Orkney Islands led by his cousin Sigtrygg, as well as the one rebellious king from the province of Ulster. It ended in a rout of the Máel Mórda's forces, along with the death of Brian, who was killed by a few Norsemen who were fleeing the battle and stumbled upon his tent. After the battle, Ireland returned to a fractious status quo between the many small, separate kingdoms that had existed for some time.

Clontarf wants to reclaim that fighting heritage for this century to be bold and take a stand for what we believe in. They take a stand for this amazing Irish whiskey, made with the finest ingredients available. 1014 wasn't just a year, it was a turning point.

Here are some victories achieved by the whiskey to date:
Gold Medal - BTI International Review of Spirits
Gold Medal - World Beverage Competition
Money Magazine - “Field Test Winner.”
Santé Magazine - Gold Star Award

Enjoy neat or on the rocks. 40% ABV ,750ml
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Oban Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Oban Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Highland
Address: Stafford Street, Oban, Argyllshire, PA34 5NH
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1794
Founder: Hugh Stevenson
Phone: +44 (0) 1631 572004
Fax: +44 (0) 1631 572011
Web: www.malts.com
Status: Operating
Visits: January - February: 12:30 - 16:00.
March: Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.
Easter - June: Monday - Saturday 9:30 - 17:00.
July - September: Monday - Friday 9:30 - 19:30, Saturday 9:30 - 17:00, Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.
October: Monday - Sunday 9:30 - 17:00.
November: Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.
Last tour one hour before closing.
Notes: Closed 1931-1937 and 1969-1972.
Whiskies:
Oban 14 YO Single Malt
Oban Double Matured Single Malt
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Tomintoul Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Tomintoul Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Speyside 
Address:
Main Street
, Kirkmichael, Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB3 9AQ 
Owner: Angus Dundee plc. 
Founded: 1965 
Founder: Tomintoul Distillery Ltd. 
Phone: +44 1807 590 274   
Status: Operating 
Visits: Visits available by appointment 
Notes: Also known as Tomintoul-Glenlivet Distillery 
Whiskies:
Tomintoul 10 YO Single Malt  
Tomintoul 12 YO Single Malt  
Tomintoul 17 YO Single Malt 
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Tullibardine Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Tullibardine Distillery -distillers of Single Malt
Region: Scotland, Highland 
Address: Blackford, Perthshire, PH4 1QG 
Owner: Whyte and Mackay Ltd. 
Founded: 1949 
Founder: Delme Evans 
Phone: +44 (0) 1764 682 252 
Fax: +44 (0) 1764 682 330 
Web: www.tullibardine.com
Status: Operating 
Notes: Mothballed 1994 - 2003. 


Whiskies:
Murray Burn  
Tullibardine 10 YO Single Malt  
Tullibardine 1964 Vintage Single Malt  
Tullibardine 1973 Vintage Single Malt  
Tullibardine 1988 Vintage Single Malt  
Tullibardine 1993 Vintage Single Malt  
Tullibardine 30 YO Single Malt 
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Teaninich Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Teaninich Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Highland 
Address: Alness, Ross-shire IV17 0XB 
Owner: Diageo plc 
Founded: 1817 
Founder: Hugh Munro 
Phone: +44 (0)1349 885 001    
Status: Operating 
Notes: Closed 1985-1991

 
Whiskies:
Teaninich 10 YO Single Malt  
Teaninich 17 YO Single Malt 
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Tamdhu Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Tamdhu Distillery  -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Speyside 
Address: Knockando, Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 7RP 
Owner: Highland Distillers Co. Ltd. 
Founded: 1897 as Tamdhu-Glenlivet Distillery 
Founder: Tamdhu Distillery Company Ltd. 
Phone: +44 1340 810 486   
Status: Operating 
Notes: Closed 1910-1912 and 1927-1948 
Whiskies:
Tamdhu 10 YO Single Malt 
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St. Magdalene Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

St. Magdalene Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Lowland 
Address: Linlithgow, West Lothian 
Owner: Guiness UDV 
Founded: 1797 
Founder: Sebastian Henderson   
Status: Closed 1983   
Notes: Also known as Linlithgow Distillery.
Merged in 1810's with Bonnytown Distillery. 


Whiskies:
St. Magdalene 19 YO Single Malt 
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Springbank Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Springbank Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Campbeltown 
Address: 85 Longrow, Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6ET 
Owner: J & A Mitchell & Co. Ltd 
Founded: 1828 
Founder: John and William Mitchell 
Phone: +44 1586 552 009 
Fax: +44 1586 553 232 
Web: www.springbankdistillers.com
Status: Operating 
Visits: Please contact the distillery 
Notes: Closed 1926-35. Also silent January - October 1980, January 1981 - September 1985, December 1985 - March 1987, July 1987 - January 1989 and May - September 1989. 


Whiskies:
175 Anniversary Springbank 12 YO Single Malt  Released April 2003 
Da Mhile  "Millenium bottling" 
Hazelburn Single Malt  
Longrow  Named after the old Longrow Distillery, closed 1896 
Mitchell's 12 YO Blended  
Springbank 12 YO Rum Finish  
Springbank 12 YO Single Malt  
Springbank 13 YO Port Wood Single Malt  Finishes 3 years in port pipes. Only available in Europe excl. UK 
Springbank 15 YO Single Malt  
Springbank 21 YO Single Malt  
Springbank 25 YO Single Malt  
Springbank 30 YO Single Malt  
Springbank C.V. Single Malt 
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Speyburn Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Speyburn Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Speyside 
Address: Rothes, Near Aberlour, Aberdeenshire AB38 7AG 
Owner: Inver House Distillers Ltd. 
Founded: 1897 
Founder: John Hopkins & Co. 
Phone: +44 1340 831 213 
Status: Operating 
Visits: By appointment only 
Notes: Also known as Speyburn-Glenlivet Distillery. Closed 1930-34. 


Whiskies:
Speyburn 10 YO Single Malt  
Speyburn 12 YO Single Malt  
Speyburn 21 YO Single Malt 
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Scapa Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Scapa Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Isles 
Address: St. Ola, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1SE 
Owner: Allied Domecq Pty.Ltd.
Founded: 1885 
Founder: J. T. Townsend 
Phone: +44 (0) 1856 872 071 
Fax: +44 (0) 1856 876 585 
Status: Operating 
Visits: All year: Monday - Thursday 8:00 -12:00, and 13:00 - 17:00, Friday 8:00 - 13:00. 
Notes: Silent 1934-36, rebuilt in 1959. 


Whiskies:
Scapa 10 YO Single Malt  
Scapa 12 YO Single Malt  
Scapa 14 YO Single Malt  
Scapa 24 YO Single Malt  
Scapa 8 YO Single Malt 
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Tormore Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Tormore Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Speyside 
Address:
Richardson Road
, Advie, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, PH26 3LR 
Owner: Allied Domecq Pty.Ltd.
Founded: 1958 
Founder: Long John Distillers 
Phone: +44 (0)807 510 244 
Status: Operating 
Visits: September - June: Monday - Thursday 13:30 - 16:00. 


Whiskies:
Tormore 10 YO Single Malt  
Tormore 5 YO Single Malt 
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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee some find it easy to prepare, some don't. Always be careful putting boiling water into the glass, a metal spoon reduces the temperature thus preventing the glass from shattering. This should help:
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Poitín Production & use (part2)

Poitín was generally produced in remote rural areas, away from the interference of the law. A wash had to be created and fermented before the distillation began. A wash required fresh water, potatoes, sugar and some yeast. Stills were often set up on land boundaries so the issue of ownership could be disputed. Prior to the introduction of bottled gas, the fire to heat the wash was provided by turf. Smoke was a giveaway for the Gardaí (Irish Police) so windy, broken weather was chosen to disperse the smoke. The still had to be heated and attended to for several days to allow the runs to go through. In later years the heat was provided by gas and this reduced the chances of being discovered while distilling.

The quality of poitín was highly variable, depending on the skill of the distiller and the quality of his equipment. If poorly produced it can contain dangerous amounts of methanol and can blind or kill. Poitín is currently made in Wales by the Celtic Spirit Company, which claims that it was produced throughout the Celtic lands.

Usage
Producing poitín was a source of income for some, while for some it was produced in order to have a cheap alcoholic drink. Poitín was popular at weddings and wakes and a large supply was at hand. Farmers often used it (and still do) as a cure for sick calves and other farm animals as well as a method of curing muscle cramp/problems. While not used as widely as it used to be, poitín is still available. It was not uncommon for communities to leave the distilling of poitín to widows, in order to grant them a source of income. Poitín is also used in the midlands of Ireland as an alternative for deep heat, it is commonly rubbed onto muscles to warm them.
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What Was Poitin Whiskey?

The Poor man's Whiskey?
Poitín as it was known in gaelic or in english  Poteen or Potcheen. This a traditional Irish distilled, highly alcoholic beverage (60%-95% ABV). Poitín was traditionally distilled in a small pot still and the term is a diminutive of the Irish word pota, meaning "pot". Traditionally distilled from potatoes, it is one of the strongest alcoholic beverages in the world, and for centuries was illegal in Ireland.


(water a key ingredient in poitin)

Legal status
Irish moonshine, along with all other private distillation not specifically licensed by the state, was outlawed in 1661. Back in 1997, the Irish Revenue Commissioners withdrew their opposition to poitín being sold under license in Republic of Ireland. Production for export has been allowed since 1989. Poitín remains illegal in Northern Ireland however. In 2008, Irish Poitín was accorded (GI) Geographical Indicative Status by the EU Council and Parliament.

Today, two distilleries in the Republic of Ireland are officially licensed to produce poitín: Bunratty Mead and Liqueuer and Knockeen Hills Poteen. Their products are, however, far removed from the coarse illegal poitin produced in the past. Indeed Bunratty is single distilled and only 40% or 45% ABV, far weaker than illegally distilled poitín, and comparable to vodka. Knockeen Hills however, comes in at various strengths from 60% to 90% ABV, varying from triple-distilled to quadruple-distilled.
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Names Whisky or Whiskey?

Its a bit strange, the spelling is with an "e" for Irish or American. However the "e" is dropped for Scottish or Canadian. The origional name for Whisky was Uisce Beatha, which in Gaelic means "water of life" Many whiskies from Scotland carry the old gaelic names, AnCnoic which means hill,and Glenfiddich which means deer.
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Irish Whiskey Tasting & Quiz

 Wistroms Pub Stockholm was the location, Jameson 's Sinead was the fantastic host for a comparative whiskey tasting and Quiz. Whisky which was selected, Jameson ,some Scotch and American.In attendance were the Swedish Irish Society and Topwhisky.se. The winners got a dinner for 4 at  Wistroms !!!

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Rosebank Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Rosebank Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Lowland
Address: Camelon, Falkirk, Stirlingshire FK1 5BW
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1842
Founder: James Rankine
Phone: +44 1324 233 25
Status: Closed 1993
Notes: Also known as Falkirk Distillery.
The distillery is now used as a restaurant
Whiskies:
Rosebank 12 YO Single Malt
Rosebank 8 YO Single Malt
Rosebank 9 YO Single Malt
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Port Ellen Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Port Ellen Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Region: Scotland, Islay
Address: Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1825
Founder: Alexander Ker Mackay
Status: Closed 1983
Notes: Closed 1929-1967
Whiskies:
Port Ellen
Port Ellen 13 YO Single Malt
Port Ellen 14 YO Single Malt
Port Ellen 1980 22 YO Single Malt
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Pittyvaich Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Pittyvaich Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Speyside
Address: Dufftown, Keith, Banffshire
Owner: Diageo plc
Founded: 1975 as Pittyvaich-Glenlivet Distillery
Founder: Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd
Status: Mothballed 1993
Notes: Demolished 2002
Whiskies:
Pittyvaich 12 YO Single Malt
Pittyvaich 14 YO Single Malt
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North Port Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

North Port Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Highland
Address: Brechin, Angus
Owner: Guiness UDV
Founded: 1820
Founder: David Guthrie
Status: Closed 1983
Notes: Originally called Townhead Distillery, changed name to Brechin Distillery in 1823
Whiskies:
North Port - Brechin Single Malt
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Millburn Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Millburn Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Speyside
Address: Inverness
Owner: Guiness UDV
Founded: 1807
Founder: Mr. Welsh
Status: Closed 1985
Notes: Also known as Inverness Distillery. Closed 1851-1876
Whiskies:
Millburn 18 YO (distilled 1975) Single Malt
Millburn 18 YO (distilled 1978) Single Malt Cask Strength, Gordon & MacPhail
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Mannochmore Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Mannochmore Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Speyside
Address: Thornshill, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 3SS
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1971
Founder: John Haig & Co.
Phone: +44 1343 860 331
Status: Operating
Visits: By appointment only
Notes: Mothballed 1985, re-opened 1989.
Neighbour to Glenlossie Distillery.
According to Jim Murray, Mannochmore and Glenlossie distilleries are running in an alternating cycle; Each distillery is open and closed for 12 months (and vice versa), and the staff is moving between the distilleries.
Whiskies:
Loch Dhu Single Malt
Mannochmore 12 YO Single Malt
Mannochmore 16 YO Single Malt
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Macduff Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Macduff Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Address: Banff, Banffshire, AB4 3JT
Owner: John Dewar & Sons Ltd.
Founded: 1962
Founder: Consortium including George Crawford, Morty Dykes and Brodie Hepburn
Phone: +44 1261 812 612
Status: Operating
Visits: By appointment only
Whiskies:
Glen Deveron 10 YO Single Malt
Glen Deveron 12 YO Single Malt
Macduff Single Malt
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Longmorn Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Longmorn Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Speyside
Address: Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 3SJ
Owner: The Seagram Spirits and Wine Group
Founded: 1894
Founder: John Duff
Phone: +44 1542 783 400
Fax: +44 1542 783 404
Status: Operating
Visits: Available, contact distillery
Whiskies:
Longmorn 12 YO Single Malt
Longmorn 15 YO Single Malt
Longmorn Centenary Edition 25 YO Single Malt
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Lochside Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Lochside Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Highland
Address: Brechin Road, Montrose DD10 9AD
Owner: Macnab Distilleries Ltd.
Founded: 1957
Founder: Joseph Hobbs
Status: Closed 1992
Notes: Rebuilt from Deuchar's Brewery.
Also Grain Whisky until 1983.
Whiskies:
Lochside 10 YO Single Malt
Lochside Highland 8 YO
Lochside Highland Malt 12 YO
Sandy Macnab's Old Blended
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Littlemill Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Littlemill Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Lowland
Address: Bowling, Dunbartonshire, G60 5BG
Owner: Loch Lomond Distillery Co. Ltd
Founded: 1772
Founder: George Buchanan
Phone: +44 1389 874 154
Status: Closed 1994
Whiskies:
Dumbuck Experimental malt from 1970's
Dunglass Experimental malt from 1970's
Littlemill 18 YO Single Malt
Littlemill 8 YO Single Malt
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thyRoyal Lochnagar Distillery -distillers of Single Malt

Royal Lochnagar Distillery -distillers of Single Malt



Region: Scotland, Highland
Address: Craithie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5TB
Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1845 as New Lochnagar.
Founder: John Begg
Phone: +44 (0) 1339 742700
Fax: +44 (0) 1339 742702
Web: www.malts.com
Status: Operating
Visits: October - April: Monday - Friday 11:00 - 16:00.
May - September: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00.
Lats tour one hour before closing.
Notes: An older distillery by the name Lochnagar Distillery was established on the opposite side of the river in 1826, but was closed in 1860.
Whiskies:
Royal Lochnagar 12 YO Single Malt
Royal Lochnagar 16 YO Single Malt
Royal Lochnagar 24 YO Cask Strength Single Malt
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