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Glen Elgin Malt Whisky Distillery History
Glen Elgin Distillery nestles quietly in the heart of Speyside. Situated 2 miles south of Elgin on the A941 to Rothes and was one of the last distilleries to be built before Pattison Ltd. Of Leith went bankrupt at the end of 1898.
Built between 1898 and 1900 by a partnership of William Simpson, a former manager of Glenfarclas, and James Carle, the local agent for the North of Scotland Bank.
The distillery was very compact due to a shortage of capital. The architect, Charles Doig, stated it would be the last one built in Speyside for 50 years. His prediction was remarkably accurate with Tormore being the next distillery to be built, in 1958.
Production began on 1 May 1900. Beset with problems from the start. The owners, William Simpson and James Carle saw their investment of £13,000 plummet to £4,000 when they sold the distillery in 1901 to an unnamed buyer. The original site had been chosen for its water source and close proximity to the railway line. Unfortunately the water source proved unreliable and permission for a railway siding was refused due to the incline and space available.
In 1902 the distillery became Glen Elgin-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd and production restarts. Three years later the distillery was silent again. However, the following year Glasgow distiller & blender JJ Blanche purchases the distillery for £7000 and production starts once more
The Glen Elgin-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd is acquired by SMD in 1930. Control is moved to DCL in 1936, which passes the license to White Horse Distillers Ltd.
Until the 1950s the distillery was operated and lit by paraffin. A paraffin engine and a water turbine drove all machinery. One worker had a full time job to keep the paraffin lights burning.
During 1964 the Mash-house, tunroom and stillhouse were rebuilt with new equipment and the number of stills increased from two to six. The Floor maltings were de-commissioned at the same time.
The distillery proudly depicts the White Horse emblem and is part of UDV's "Elgin Group", along with Linkwood, Glenlossie and Mannochmore. The whisky remains a key component of White Horse blended whisky, which is exported to over 200 countries worldwide.
Glen Elgin Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Glen Elgin 12 years 43% Flora & Fauna
Glen Elgin 12 years Hidden Malts Selection
Glen Elgin 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distillery tasting notes supplied by Diageo
An uncommon whisky on its own as it is in demand by blenders. Positive, aromatic and a whiff of smoke.
Strength: 43% ABV
Appearance: Full gold.
Nose: Sweet. Almonds, or marzipan? Some orange juice. Perhaps a trace of sawn wood.
With water, Speyside esters, nut oil and buttery fat, prawn crackers, traces of fresh pears; a whiff of smoke or steam; dense.
Body: Smooth, medium.
Palate: Pleasant mouth-feel; sweetish, then dryish, with some acidity between, all well balanced.
Finish. Dryish, balanced finish
Glen Elgin Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Special Release Distillery Bottlings
Glen Elgin 16 Year Old 1992 Special Release 2004-42.3%abv
Glen Elgin 32 Year Old 1971 Special Release 2008 - 58.5 Abv
Glen Elgin Single Malt Scotch Distillery
Berry’s Own Selection
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
NC2 Range (Duncan Taylor).
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)
Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor).
Glen Elgin Distillery
Tel: +44 (0)1343 860212
No Visitor Facilities
Glen Elgin Single Malt
Nose: Heather, oranges, honey.
Palate: Light to medium bodied, malty, fruity, honey, heather, oranges, touch of spice.
Finish: Vanilla, spice and malt.
Founded in 1898 by the partnership of William Simpson and James Carle
Location: Speyside region, Lossie district, Longmorn
Water source: Springs near Millbuies Loch.
Glen Elgin Distilling Equipment
Stainless steel Lauter mash tun.
6 Larch washbacks.
6 Onion shaped stills
Traditional worm tub condensers
Matured in American oak bourbon casks with some European sherry casks