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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Glendullan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Glendullan  Scotch Whisky Distillery History

The Glendullan distillery is located to the east of Dufftown on the east bank of the River Fiddich. The water for the distillery is drawn from springs in the Conval Hills


Glendullan was established in 1897-98 and was the last of the seven distilleries to be built around Dufftown in the 1890s distillery-building boom. Although the fact that the whisky market collapsed the same year that distillation at Glendullan started, the owners managed to remain in business. The only period, which the distillery was silent, was due to government restrictions enforced during World War II.


1926 Acquired by DCL 1930 SMD take control


The Distillery was remodelled in 1962 Ten years later in 1972 a second distillery was built in the field alongside to increase capacity of the single pair of stills in the old distillery. It is self-contained with three pairs of stills. Both distilleries use the same water, ‘recipe’ and techniques and, despite having stills of different sizes, produced a similar spirit. The ‘old distillery’ was ‘mothballed’ in 1985.


The original distillery was powered by a large waterwheel that supplied 16 horsepower to drive the machinery. Wooden worm-tubs were used to convert the vapour to spirit; the new unit uses condensers. Glendullan shared a railway siding with the Mortlach distillery next door.


Glendullan was a favourite whisky of King Edward VII. However it has taken a back seat compared to the other single malt whiskies that have been heavily promoted in recent years by their owners.


The whisky produced is a contributor to Bell's Dewars, Johnnie Walker and Old Parr blend.


Glendullan Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings  


Singleton of Glendullan 12 years old

Tasting Notes Supplied by Diageo

A smooth, spicy single malt that becomes soft and pleasantly sweet. A good spread of flavours with a creamy smooth, slightly drying finish.


Strenght; 40% ABV - Appearance; Old gold.


Nose; Toffee, roasted nut and spice aromas. Some soft fragrant notes too; scented leather, sandalwood and vanilla.


Body; Light to medium.


Palate; Fresh, spicy then soft and pleasantly sweet throughout. Fruity with citrus and raisins, then vanilla and a hint of honey with just a trace of wood.


Finish; Creamy smooth and slightly drying with a long peppery fade.


Glendullan Single Malt Scotch Whisky  

Older Distillery Bottlings  

Glendullan 8 Year Old

Glendullan 12 Year Old (Flora and Fauna series

Glendullan 22 year old 1972 Rare Malts Selection

Glendullan 23 year old 1972 Rare Malts Selection

 Glendullan 23 year old 1973 Rare Malts Selection

Glendullan 23 year old 1974 Rare Malts Selection

Glendullan 26 year old 1978 Rare Malts Selection


Glendullan Single Malt Scotch Whisky 23 year old 1974

Colour Deep Gold


Dry flowery aromas revealing a toffeeish, malty palate of a firm bodied, nutty malt with a heathery, herbal finish.


Glendullan Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings  


Murray McDavid,

Platinum (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),


Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Glendullan Distillery,




AB55 4DJ

Tel: +44 (0)1340 820250


No Visitor Facilities

Glendullan Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Light fruity bouquet.


Palate: Medium bodied, clean fresh barley, light fruit and gentle spices.


Finish: Dry and citric, lime.

Founded in 1897-98

Location Speyside region central district Dufftown

Water Source Conval Hill Springs


Glendullan  Distilling Equipment

Copper domed mash tun

8 Oregon pine washbacks.

6 Pot stills Unusually the spirit stills are larger than the wash stills.

Matured in American oak bourbon casks.