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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Millburn  Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery 1807-1985

Millburn Scotch Whisky Distillery History


A Mr Welsh allegedly established the Millburn in 1807.located on the eastern side of Inverness on the banks of the Mill Burn.


At some point in the mid 1800s David Rose a local corn merchant was operating the property as a mill.


The distillery was renovated in 1876 and sold to A Haig & Co in 1892.


Alfred Bernard described the distillery, in his 1887 tour, as “The distillery is about 1 mile from the town on the old Roman Road, that leads to Fort George, and it is situated under the brow of a steep hill, which faces the sea. It has a very handsome appearance and is built principally of stone. The open cooperage, generally an unsightly building is here beautifully with enclosed trellis work, painted a rich green.”


After a number of changes in ownership the distillery was acquired by Booth's (Gin) Distillery Ltd. in 1921. The following year they had to rebuild Millburn after a serious fire.


Acquired by DCL in 1937 then transferred to SMD control in 1942


DCL mothballed the distillery in 1985. In 1988 the site was sold for property development. The site is now host to a beefeater restaurant  & pub called “The Auld Distillery” on Millburn Road.


One time important contributor to the vatted malt whisky “Mill Burn”.


Millburn Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings


Millburn 18 year old 1975 Rare Malts Selection

Millburn 25 year old 1975 Rare Malts Selection

Millburn 35 year old 1969 Rare Malts Selection


Millburn Single Malt Whisky 25 year old 1975 61.9% 

Rare Malts Selection Tasting Notes:-


This warm gold, 25 year old Highland malt's rich pear-drop aromas introduce a powerful, medium bodied dram with fruit-sweet flavours, turning to bitter chocolate on the drying finish.



Millburn Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings  




Gordon & MacPhail  

Mackillop’s Choice,

Platinum (Douglas Laing),

Private Cellar (Speyside Distillers),

Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers),

Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).


Millburn Distillery,

Millburn Road


IV 2 3QX


Closed Demolished


The site is now host to a beefeater restaurant  & pub called “The Auld Distillery”

Millburn Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Rich and smoky.


Palate: Smooth, rich, spicy, citric fruit.


Finish: Spicy and dry.

Last Owners DCL

Founded in 1807 by Mr A Welsh

Location Speyside region North west district Inverness

Water source Loch Duntelchaig

Distillery demolished sit occupied by “The Auld Distillery” public house and restaurant.