Whisky Distilleries


Perthshire whisky distillery, built in 1896 by ‘Whisky Tom’ Dewar.


James Grant built this distillery at Aberlour, Banffshire, in 1826, but it was enlarged in 1973. Most of the whisky made there goes for blending.


Independently owned distillery on the isle of Islay (pronounced ‘Eye-ler’, stress the first syllable). Most of the whisky it makes goes into various blends of Scotch.


Distillery built at Kennethmont, west Aberdeenshire, in 1898 by William Teacher. The whisky it makes is still used in the famous and popular blend of Highland Cream.


(Pronounced ‘Och-V-toshn’ stressing ‘Och’) This is a whisky distillery at Old Kilpatrick, Strathclyde, which carries out a triple distillation. It markets its Scotch as a single malt.


Whisky distillery near Mulben, Banffshire, owned by I.D.V.


Distillery at Keith, Banffshire, owned by a subsidiary of D.C.L. Most of the whisky goes for blending.


Whisky distillery at Edderton, Tain, Ross-shire, in what has been called ‘the parish of peats’ – hence the flavour of this particular malt.


Distillery at Cromdale, Grantown-on-Spey. It is recorded that it made whisky which used to be bottled for the Gairloch Hotel, for the use of Queen Victoria and her entourage.


(Pronounced ‘Bal-vee-ny’ stressing ‘vee’) Whisky distillery at Dufftown, Banffshire, built by William Grant from the stones of the former castle of Balvenie. The twin distillery is Glenfiddich. Although the two distilleries are fed by the same spring, the two malts are markedly different in character. Derek Cooper, in his book, suggests that this is possibly due to the different design of the stills in the respective distilleries. But the difference is still one of the ‘mysteries’ that make great spirits, as well as great wines, fascinating.


At Mill of Banff, this distillery contributes to the whisky blends of the D.C.L.

Ben Nevis

This distillery, at Lochy Bridge, Fort William, makes both malt and grain whisky. The former owner, LongJohn Macdonald, who built it in 1825, has his name commemorated in the concern of Long John Distilleries.

Ben Wyvis

Invergordon Distillers opened both a malt and grain distillery at Invergordon in 1965, some of the whisky going into fine quality blends.


Distillery at Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire, producing whisky used in several well-known blends.


Whisky distillery on the slopes of Ben Rinnes at Aberlour.


Whisky distillery belonging to the D.C.L. At Forres, Morayshire.


The most southern whisky distillery for malt in Scotland, at Bladnoch, Wigtownshire.

Blair Athol

Distillery at Pitlochry, founded in 1826 but certainly a place where distilling had been in progress for years before that. It now belongs to Arthur Bell (whose Scotch is the top selling whisky in Scotland).


The most southern whisky distillery for malt in Scotland, at Bladnoch, Wigtownshire.


This whisky distillery was established in 1779, the oldest on the isle of Islay (pronounced ‘Eye-ler’).

Braes of Glenlivet

Banffshire whisky distillery, built in 1973 and belonging to the mighty Seagram organisation. It contributes to various well-known blends nowadays: such as ‘Passport’ and ‘100 Pipers’.


(Pronounced ‘Brew-ich-lad-die’ stressing Mad’) Whisky distillery on Islay (pronounced ‘Eye-ler’), and the most westerly of all distilleries. It is owned by Invergordon Distillers. Derek Cooper, an authority on the subject, says that its malt has ‘notable mildness as compared with the massive peaty assault of Laphroaig’.


(Pronounced ‘Bun-ner-harv-n’ stressing ‘harv’) Whisky distillery on the isle of Islay (pronounced ‘Eye-ler’), which makes a malt used in the well-known brand ‘Famous Grouse’, of Highland Distilleries.

Caol Ha

(Pronounced ‘CI Ee-ler’) Whisky distillery on the Isle of Islay, making fine malt Scotch.


Whisky distillery in Rothes, Morayshire, the name of which means ‘The Secret Well’. In fact, it uses the waters of the same burn as Glen Grant.


Whisky distillery in Knockando. Morayshire, which now belongs to the firm of John Walker. They make a single malt Scotch called Cardhu.


(Pronounced ‘Clyne-leash’ stressing leash’) Whisky distillery in Brora, Sutherland, Scotland, now belonging to a subsidiary of the D.C.L. In fact, this is a newdistillery, as the name has been changed and the old Clynelish must now be called Brora.


A whisky distillery owned by the D.C.L. At Elgin on Speyside. Its products are used for blending.


Whisky distillery at Dufftown. Banffshire, now owned by the D.C.L.


Distillery at Ballindalloch, Banffshire, making whiskies used for blending.


Distillery at the town of the same name, Banffshire, whose whiskies go for blending. They contribute to the famous blend, White Horse.


(Pronounced ‘Dell-you-h.’ stressing ‘you’) Whisky distillery in Carron, Morayshire, making Scotch used in the blends of the D.C.L.


Whisky distillery at Alness, Ross-shire.


Whisky distillery at the place of the same name, licensed to James Buchanan, a subsidiary of the D.C.L.


Whisky distillery at Doune, in Scotland. Originally a cotton mill designed by the famous Richard Arkwright, of ‘Spinning Jenny’ fame, it was converted to distilling in 1965, the water of the River Teith being just as useful for this as for cotton.

13. December 2011 by admin
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