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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Girvan Grain Grain Distillery

Ladyburn Malt Whisky

Girvan Grain Distillery 1963 -


Ladyburn Malt Distillery 1966- 1975

Current Owners William Grant & Sons Ltd

Location Lowlands

Water source unknown


Girvan Grain Distillery History  

William Grant & Sons Ltd built the Girvan Distillery in 1963 to supply grain whisky for its blended brands.


The 64-acre site is on a sea front site a mile north of Girvan on the Ayrshire coast


In 1995 ‘Black Barrel’ single grain whisky was released in France, Spain and Portugal. The whisky is also now available in Scandinavia and Latin America.


Girvan Distillery Bottlings  

Black Barrel Single Grain (no age declaration)


Girvan Distillery Independent Bottlings

Berry's Own Selection

Celtic Heartlands

Clan Denny


Girvan 40 year old 1965 Single Grain Whisky 43.7%

The Clan Denny. Great-Single-Grain.

The Hunter Hamilton Company.

Distilled in 1965 at Girvan Distillery from a single cask and at Natural Cask Strength. Cask Ref : HH2238.

Tastig notes :-


The nose is immediately rich and spicy; before warming to aromas of red berries and tropical fruit salad.

The creamy body reveals a mouth-filling palate which is rich, fruity and zesty; like a rich Christmas pudding!

The finish lingers and replicates the nose. (S)



Ladyburn Malt Whisky Distillery 1966 to 1975

Water source Penwapple Reservoir


Built by W. Grant & Sons Built the Ladyburn Distillery within their Girvan Grain Distillery complex in the cost of £1.250,000 a similar plant today would cost £60 + million at 2007 prices.


The distillery had 2 pairs of wash and spirit stills, plus the normal production equipment of mash tun, underbacks washbacks etc.


Nearly all the malt whisky spirit produced remained in house for use in Grant’s Standfast Blend. However some casks were obtained by some independent bottlers.


Ladyburn was closed and dismantled in 1975 to make way for expansion for grain whisky production. This was similar to other malt distilleries within grain complexes.

Such as:


Ben Wyvis (Malt) built within Invergordan. Glenflagler and Killyloch (Malt) built within Garheath and Kinclaith (Malt) built within Strathclyde,  In these locations the malt plant was removed for grain expansion


During 2000 W. Grants having set aside a small quantity of casks, released 3,000 bottles of Ladyburn as single cask bottlings


Ladyburn Distillery Bottlings

Ladyburn 12 Year Old

Ladyburn 1973 Vintage Single Cask


Ladyburn Distillery Independent Bottlings 

Duncan Taylor,

Gordon & MacPhail