All of us at whiskymerchants.co.uk respectively remind you to enjoy your dram responsibly and ask that only individuals of legal drinking age in your locale can enter this site.
For Alcohol Advice
Published 8 times a year Whisky Magazine is the perfect complement to the dram in your glass.
Every issue brings you fascinating articles on the art, science and romance of the 'water of life',
Plus page after page of Whisky tasting notes
Click Image for more details or to Subscibe
This website has had to be updated to the latest format so it will work on all platforms Mobile, Tablet, Laptop and Pc
Please bare with us as we re-adjust the pages to work properly
Inverleven Malt Whisky Distillery History
The Inverleven is a distillery within a distillery constructed in 1938 within the Dumbarton Grain Distillery by Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd and operated under license by George Ballantine & Son Ltd
The malt whisky is classified as a Lowlander whisky despite the fact that the distillery straddles the old political Highland line This line was introduced to define Lowland and Highland whiskies for tax and production regulations.
Situated next to the column still buildings that are used for the production of grain whisky, there were two pot still houses that produced malt whisky. One with a conventional pair of pot still set up producing Inverleven and in the other a Lomond still set up with rectifiers that was installed in 1959 that produced the 'Lomond' malt.
Hiram Walker installed Lomond stills at Glenburgie producing Glencraign. At Miltonduff producing Mosstowie and at Scapa where the Lomand still was used as a wash still.
Both malt still houses were closed in 1991 and mothballed in 1992.
The malt whisky produced was an important component of Ballantine’s blends.
Inverleven Single Malt Scotch Distillery Bottlings
No official Bottlings
Inverleven 1973 Deoch an Doras 48.85%
Distilled in 1973
Cask Strength Limited Edition of 500 bottles
Nose: This rare old malt whisky is full of wonderful light fruity citrus notes
Taste: Intermingled with creamy toffee and sweet candy apple flavours.
The Gaelic saying ‘deoch an doras’ translates as ‘drink at the door’ and refers to the final farewell drink
Inverleven single malt has been bottled by independents
and is extremely rare.
Inverleven Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Duncan Taylor Collection,
Gordon & MacPhail,
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Peerless (Duncan Taylor),
Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)
Inverleven Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1990 Gordon & MacPhail,
Colour: Light straw.
Neat Without Water
Nose: Soft fruits - peaches and strawberries. Subtle spices and a malty note. A rounding vanilla sweetness
Palate: Spicy with hints of cedar wood and white pepper. Some fragrant/floral flavours develop. Drying.
Nose: More citrus fruit aromas detectable with a slight waxy note. The sweet, vanilla element remains with a hint of roasted malt.
Palate: Perfumed flavours with traces of liquorice and aniseed. A little fruitiness emerges.
Finish: Subtle hints of fruit and spices
Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Barrels.
Whisky Style: Described as a “Highlander wearing the trews”, perhaps more body and character than one would expect from a Lowland Malt but a pleasant, refreshing whisky.
2 Glasgow Road, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire,
Mothballed in 1991
No Visitor facilities
Inverleven Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Fresh and fruity.
Palate: Light bodied. Creamy and citric, slightly nutty.
Finish: Fresh and delicate.
Built in 1938 within the Dumbarton grain distillery
Location Lowlands region Western district, Dumbarton
Water source Loch Lomond.
Operated in 2 still houses 1 with 2 pot stills the second had a Lomond pattern still.
Mothballed in 1991