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Glenburgie Distillery History
The distillery is reported to have been established in 1810 (a copper plaque on the building behind the current distillery says :“This building was build in 1810". The upper floor contained the distillery and customs and excise offices and the lower ground floor the original distillery warehouse” However from the archives it apears that the construction of the distillery was in 1829, when William Paul started whisky distilation.
William Paul remained the owner of the distillery up to its closure in 1870. Up till then distillery was called Kilnflat. In 1878.the distillery was renamed in Glenburgie with Charles Hay as manager. When Alfred Barnard visited it in 1887, he described Glenburgie in his book 'Whisky Distilleries of the United Kingdom', as "a very ancient distillery, and about as old-fashioned as it is possible to conceive".
Alexander Fraser became owner of the distillery in 1895, as The Glenburgie limited company..
Due to the downturn in the whisky market triggered by the Patison Crash (1900) the tough war years followed by the introduction of prohibition in the USA the distillery was declared bankrupted in 1925, Donald Mustard, a soliciter from Elgin, became the owner of Glenburgie after this bankruptcy.
The distillery was operated by Hiram Walker from 1930 with George Ballantine & Son gaining control in 1936 when the distillery was purchased outright by Hiram Walker. The Ballantine company was part of Hiram Walker which eventualy would merge to be part of Allied Distillers, that eventualy became part of Chivas Brothers (Perno Richard)
In 1936 Glenburgie became the first distillery to be managed by a woman Margaret Nicol. She retired in 1959 Althought there had been women owners before..
During 1958 two Lomond pattern stills where added. These stills, known as Glencraig, allowed the distillery to produce two different whiskies. The Glenburgie, from the traditional pot stills. Glencraig from the Lomond stills
Glencraig was named after Mr William Craig, production director of Ballantines at that time. He was actually one of the few men to have a single malt named after him.
Some Glencraig can still be found however it cannot be distilled again as in 1981 the Lomond Stills were replaced by a pair of conventional pot stills.
The whisky from the Glenburgie Distillery is an important component of Ballantine’s blends
Glenburgie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenburgie 15 Year Old
Glenburgie Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gordon & MacPhail,
NC2 (Duncan Taylor)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).
Glenburgie Single Malt Whisky 10 year old 40% G&M
Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail Tasting Notes...
Nose:Fruity with hints of citrus and mulled fruit, with sweet,
creamy elements. Touch of toasted malt.
Palate:Rich fruit with sweet, oaky notes, some pepperiness
with floral hints.
Nose:Fruit - grapefruit skins with toffee fudge aromas.
Palate: Sherry notes with sweet, toffee flavours.
Cask Type:First fill Sherry Butts and Refill Sherry Hogsheads.
Whisky Style:A lesser-known Speysider full of character, subtle
Glencraig Single Malt Scotch Whisky can be found in independent bottlings by
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
Glencraig Single Malt Whisky 1975 Gordon & MacPhail 40%
Colour: Light amber.
Nose: Aromas to remind you of Christmas. Fruity - lemons
with marzipan aromas and mincemeat pies. Perfumed
and floral notes also present.
Palate: Smoky with oiled wood flavours and sherry notes
Nose: Sherry influence now appears, nutty notes with floral
notes also present. Rounding sweetness.
Palate: Bonfire smoke and charred wood flavours with sherry
notes and dried fruits.
Finish: Rich, fruity notes - sherry.
Cask Type: Refill American Hogsheads.
Whisky Style: Rich and aromatic - to be savoured with friends.
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Glenburgie Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Dried fruit.
Palate: Firm texture with an oily mouth feel. Citric fruit, especially oranges, nuts, toffee, vanilla.
Finish: Spicy and herbal.
Also produced Glencraig Single Malt Whisky
Founded in 1810 (1829 by William Paul)
Location Speyside region. Findhorn District Forres
Water source Local Springs
Glenburgie Distilling Equipment
Lauter mash tun.
12 stainless steel washbacks
4 pot stills