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Convalmore

Located just to the north of Dufftown in Speyside, Convalmore was founded in June of 1893 by the Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Company. In March of 1904, it was purchased by blender and whisky merchant W & P Lowrie & Co, who used the whisky in their ‘Black and White’ blend. However, following an economic downtown in the whisky market, Lowrie experienced some difficulty selling matured whisky. The majority of the company shares were acquired by Lowrie-customer James Buchanan and two years later and Buchanan used Convalmore in his own blends. The distillery was rebuilt in 1909 folloing a disastrous fire which ravaged the malt barn and mash house.

In 1910, the owners experimented with a Coffey Still, though it was removed five years later after it was discovered that continuously distilled spirit, known as ‘silent malt’, had an impaired maturation. During the Second World War, the distillery played host to a detachment of the 51st Highland Division and later a detachment from the 52nd Lowland Division. Closing in 1985, Convalmore was sold to United Distillers in 1987 and then in 1990 to William Grant and Sons, owners of Balvenie and Glenfiddich. William Grant and Sons intended to use the distillery for warehousing. Only two official bottlings have been released but there are several independent bottlings including expressions from Signatory and Cadenhead.

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About Convalmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1894

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Status

Dismantled

Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire

1893

Founded by the Convalmore–Glenlivet Distillery Company. Architect is Donald Mackay from Dufftown.

1894

Production starts in February.

1904

Convalmore-Glenlivet is purchased by the blending company W. P. Lowrie & Co. from Glasgow for £6 000.

1906

The new owner runs into financial troubles and James Buchanan, a major customer to Lowrie, buys the company including Convalmore Distillery.

1909

Large parts of the distillery are destroyed by a fire in October.

1910

The distillery is back in operation. Experimental distilling of malt whisky in continuous stills, i. e. the same method as used in production of grain whisky, takes place.

1916

The continuous still experiments are abandoned.

1925

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) buys the distillery from James Buchanan & Co.

1930

DCL transfers operations to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1962

Direct heating of the stills from a coal fire is abandoned for indirect heating by steam.

1964

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1985

The distillery is mothballed.

1990

United Distillers sells the buildings to William Grant & Sons who uses them for storing their own malts Glenfiddich and Balvenie.

2003

Diageo launches a 24 year old Convalmore from 1978 in the Rare Malts series.

2005

A 28 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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A fantastic 36 year old from the closed distillery of Convalmore, silent since 1985. Matured in European Oak refill casks, only 2,680 sought after, natural cask strength...  More info
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Convalmore 28 Year Old
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A 28 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling has been released at cask strength and is part of a rare limited edition of just 3,900 bottles.  More info
A 32 year old from the Convalmore distillery, distilled in 1975 and matured in a bourbon cask. This single malt is part of a limited release of just 202 bottles and has been bottled at 48%.  More info
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A 23 year old expression from Gordon and MacPhail, this was distilled at the now silent Convalmore distillery in 1984 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling in July of 2008.  More info
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A 24 year old official expression from the now silent Convalmore distillery, this bottling was distilled in 1978 and has been released at cask strength as part of a rare limited edition.  More info
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This was distilled at Convalmore in 1981, and aged for 17 years before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail in 1998 for their Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info

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