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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Inchgower  Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery

Inchgower Whisky Distillery History  

Inchgower Distillery was constructed as a replacement for the Tochineal distillery (1824) near Cullen, which had been closed due to a shortage of water


Alexander Wilson, the nephew of John Wilson the founder of Tochineal distillery, built Inchgower distillery in 1871 at Rathven one and a half miles east of Buckie. To ensure a plentiful supply of water from the Letter burn and Aultmore springs.


The new distillery was considered to be a model distillery in those days. When Alfred Barnard visited in 1885 he observed,  “ is of handsome elevation… the buildings which are of stone and slate are erected in the form of an oblong quadrangle and cover nearly four acres of ground…. A modern work, and is fitted up with all the latest improvements of machinery and vessels.”


The distillery went into liquidation in 1903 eventually purchased by the Buckie Town Council some time in1930 or 1933? (Two dates found)


The council sold the distillery to Arthur Bell & Sons in 1936..


In 1966, the distillery was refitted and its working capacity  increased the number of stills was doubled from 2 to 4.


Guinness acquired Arthur Bell & Sons in 1985. Guinness evolved to become UDV a few years later.


Only 1% of the malt whisky produced is sold as single malt, the remaining whisky is used in the Bell's, White Horse and Johnnie Walker blended whiskies.


Inchgower Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Inchgower Aged 14 Years (Flora & Fauna bottling)


Inchgower Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings

Inchgower 22 year old 1974 Rare Malts Selection

Inchgower 27 year old 1976 Rare Malts Selection


Inchgower Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings


Berry's own Selection

Bladnoch Forum


connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Coopers Choice (Vintage Malt Whisky Company)

Dewar Rattery

Duncan Taylor Collection

Hart Brothers

NC2 (Duncan Taylor)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)


Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)

Inchgower Distillery, Buckie,


AB56 5AB

Tel: +44 (0)1542 831161


No Visitor Facilities..


Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style

Tasting Notes


Nose: Sweet, spicy, hint of peat.


Palate: Light to Medium. Spicy, malty, sweet.


Finish: Bitter chocolate.

Founded in 1871 by Alexander Wilson

Location Speyside region Northern coast Buckie

Water source Springs in the Menduff Hills


Inchgower Distilling Equipment

Stainless steel mash tun.

6 Oregon pine washbacks

4 pot stills

Matured in American oak bourbon casks in on site warehousing.