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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Convalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery 1898-1985

Convalmore Distillery History


The Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Co Ltd was established on the 24th June 1893 and construction of the distillery was completed in 1894. Designed by the architect Donald Mackay from Dufftown Convalmore was the 4th distillery to be established in Dufftown.


Convalmore was part of the "Seven Stills of Dufftown.The others were Mortlach (1824), Glenfiddich (1887), Balvenie (1892) Dufftown (1896) Parkmore (1897?) and Glendullan (1898).


In March 1904 W & P Lowrie & Co Ltd. of Glasgow purchased the distillery for £ 6000. This company was a successful whisky merchant and blender of wholesale whisky but did not have their own distillery. In 1906 James Buchanan, a customer of Lowrie, acquired most of the company shares as W&P Lowrie & Co Ltd were now suffering from the down turn in the demand for mature whisky.  


After a serious fire, on the 29th October 1909, that practically destroyed the distillery. The distillery was rebuilt during the following year, the owners decided to add a continuous still for distilling a malt wash. This still had a continuous capacity for 2273 litres an hour.


The experiment with a column still lasted until 1916. The process was abandoned because the spirit would not mature evenly. Pot still distillation was resumed.


In 1925 the distillery was merged into DCL


At some point in1964 another pair of stills added to original pair.


During the 1970’s the distillery built a new mash house, expanded its bonded warehouses and built a dark-grains plant. At some point the company was renamed as W & P Lowrie & Co Ltd, Distillers Company Ltd


This company was sold to United Distillers Ltd in 1987. Unfortunately just before this take-over the Convalmore distillery was closed in 1985.


In1990 the property was purchased by William Grant & Sons for warehousing facilities The Convalmore distillery equipment is now completely dismantled


The Convalmore whisky produced was mainly for blending purposes, part of "Lowrie's" and "Black & White" blends. Also one time contributor to Buchanan’s blends.


Convalmore was not released as a standard single malt. The only two official bottlings have been limited editions at cask strength.


Convalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottlings


Convalmore 24 year oll 1978 Rare Malts Selection

Convalmore 28 year old 1977/2005  Special release, 3900 Bottles


Convalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings



Chieftain’s Choice,

Cooper’s Choice,

Dun Bheagan,

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Scott's Selection



Founded in 1894 by the Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Co Ltd

Location Speyside Region Lossie District Dufftown

Water Source Springs on the Conval hills.

Distillery equipment dismantled,

Warehousing is still in use by William Grant  





Closed Distillery equipment removed

Convalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Barley sugar sweetness, fruity, malty.


Palate: Soft and gentle, fruity, chocolaty.


Finish: Long and complex.

Convalmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1981

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Colour: Bright gold



Nose: Sweet, spicy aromas and hints of oak. Some perfumed notes and a little smokiness.

Palate: Smoky with dry sherry notes. Green, leafy grass cuttings with a toasted oak element.


With Water

Nose: Fruit - plums, cherries and floral notes. A touch of smokiness with some new leather and hessian aromas

Palate: Oak aromas still present. Smoke with subtle fruit and perfumed flavours. Roasted malt and cereal notes.

Body: Light.

Finish: Dry - slight smokiness.

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Casks.

Whisky Style:Delicate with subtle flavours and aromas.