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Glenugie Scotch Whisky Distillery History

The Glenugie distillery was established in 1834 by Donald McLeod & Co Built on the site of an old windmill it was originally called Invernettie. Located near Peterhead, at the mouth of the river Ugie.


The distillery was the only Eastern Highland distillery north of Aberdeen  


Converted into a brewery in 1837. Scottish Highland Distillers Co Ltd. rebuilt the distillery in 1875.


In Alfred Barnard’s “The Whisky distilleries of the United Kingdom” he states, “The distillery is situated at the foot of a hill, and near the sea shore. It was built in the year 1875, in a modern style, on three sides of a square, and was acquired by the present proprietor about three years ago, who has made very considerable improvements and additions to the plant. And the increasing demand for the whisky will necessitate very soon the erection of new warehouse and maltings.”


Despite the investment Scottish Highland Distillers became insolvent and was wound up in 1879. The next owner, George Whyte & Co, had no more success and was sequestered in 1882.


Purchased in 1884 by Simon Forbes who was the first person to enjoy success with the distillery and operated the distillery up to 1915. The distillery was silent for much of WWI Opened briefly 1923-24 seasons as Glenugie Distillery Ltd then was silent again 1925 to 1937.when it was reopened by Seagar Evans & Co Ltd


In 1956 Scheney International acquired Seagar Evans & Co Ltd and invested heavily in equipment. Replacing the coal fired boiler with an oil system. A pair of new stills with condensers was installed.  Which meant a doubling in production. This strained the warehouses to capacity, the solution was found by discontinuing on site malting and the malt house converted to warehouse space.


At some point the parent company Scheney International reorganised its Scottish distillery portfolio so that the distilleries were under control of  Long John International


Whitbread acquired Long John International in 1975,


Glenugie was  one of the distilleries that didn't survive 1983 the market at the time was suffering from over capacity and around a dozen single malt distilleries were closed in that year. The distillery was dismantled and the premises were taken over by an engineering firm that came with the oil boom.


Glenugie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

No official bottlings released by owners as a Single Malt.


However in December 2010 the brand owners Chivas Brothers



Glenugie 32 year old 1977 Deoch an Doras 55.48% ABV, 

Distilled in 1977 Bottled 2010.

Limited edition of 500 bottles

Part of the Chivas Brothers Cask Strength Range


Non-chill filtered


Nose: Rich sherry notes.

Taste: Jam packed with moist raisin and fruitcake flavours.

Finish: Followed by tangy orange marmalade and spicy cinnamon.


The Gaelic saying ‘deoch an doras’ translates as ‘drink at the door’ and refers to the final farewell drink


Glenugie Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings  


Chieftain’s Choice,

Duncan Taylor Collection,

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Old & Rare  (Douglas Laing),

Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail),



Glenugie Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland Distillery 1837-1983 Information

Glenugie Distillery Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

AB 42 0XY


Distillery demolished.

Glenugie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky  -1977- Mission Murray McDavid

Glenugie Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Floral, citric fruits, sweet shop.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Creamy, malty, gentle vanilla.


Finish: Light with a touch of spice and soft vanilla.

Founded in 1834 by Donald McLeod & Co

Location Highlands Region Eastern district

Water source Wellington Spring in the local hills several miles away

Distillery demolished.

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