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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glenburgie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

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

Distillery Bottlings  

Glenburgie 15 Year Old


Glenburgie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings  

Bladnoch Forum


Dun Bheagen

Duncan Taylor

Gordon & MacPhail,

Hart Brothers

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...

Colour:Golden brown.


Without Water


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.


With Water

Nose:Fruit - grapefruit skins with toffee fudge aromas.


Palate: Sherry notes with sweet, toffee flavours.


Body:Medium, complex.




Cask Type:First fill Sherry Butts and Refill Sherry Hogsheads.


Whisky Style:A lesser-known Speysider full of character, subtle

Sherry influence.


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.


Without Water

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



With Water

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.

Body: Clean

Finish: Rich, fruity notes - sherry.

Cask Type: Refill American Hogsheads.

Whisky Style: Rich and aromatic - to be savoured with friends.

Glenburgie Distillery,

By Alves,



IV36 2QY

Tel: +44 (0)1343 850258


No visitor facilities

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