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Glen Elgin

The buildings of the Glen Elgin distillery are rather modest, this being due to a lack of funding when it was first built in 1898. The whisky distillery was designed by the renowned Charles Doig, who heralded from the namesake town, Elgin. Despite the size and the decidedly low annual production capacity of 1.83 million litres, the Glen Elgin distillery enjoys world wide popularity, selling nearly nine million bottles a year. The building was financed by the North of Scotland banker James Carle and William Simpson of Glenfarclas fame. Having begun distillation at the turn of the 20th century, Glen Elgin closed down just months later.

In 1901, the distillery was acquired at auction by the Glen Elgin-Glenlivet Distillery Company for £4,000. Production began once more, though it only lasted from 1904 to 1905. It was not until Scottish Malt Distillers acquired Glen Elgin in 1930 that its fate improved. To this day, the bulk of whisky production is used for blending, particularly in the White Horse blends; Scottish Malt Distillers having licensed the distillery to White Horse shortly after purchase. In 1964, a further four stills were installed, bringing the total to six. Substantial renovations were carried out on the site and today the 1960s aesthetics remain.

Glen Elgin Whisky Distillery

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About Glen Elgin Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 862100

Distillery Capacity

1 830 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1898

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Longmorn, Elgin, Moray

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1898

The bankers William Simpson (former manager of Glenfarclas distillery) and James Carle found Glen Elgin. The famous Charles Doig is called in as architect.

1900

Production starts in May but the distillery closes just five months later.

1901

In February, the distillery is auctioned for £4,000 to the Glen Elgin-Glenlivet Distillery Co. and is mothballed.

1904

Production restarts.

1905

Production ceases.

1906

The wine producer J. J. Blanche & Co. buys the distillery for £7,000 and production resumes.

1929

J. J. Blanche dies and the distillery is put up for sale again.

1930

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) buys it and the license goes to White Horse Distillers.

1964

Expansion from two to six stills plus other refurbishing takes place.

1992

The distillery closes for refurbishing and installation of new stills.

1995

Production resumes in September.

2001

A 12 year old is launched in the Flora & Fauna series.

2002

The Flora & Fauna series malt is replaced by a Hidden Malt 12 years.

2003

A 32 year old cask strength from 1971 is released.

2008

A 16 year old is launched as a Special Release.

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A Glen Elgin, bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's illustrious Connoisseur's Choice range, distilled in 1995 with light smoke and cut hay.  More info
This single cask Glen Elgin from Signatory has been matured in a refill sherry butt, and bottled at the age of 20 years. It has been bottled at cask strength as part of the Cask Strength Collection.  More info
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A delicious cask strength Speyside whisky distilled at Glen Elgin on the 2nd April 1991 and aged in refill sherry butt 2325 for 20 years before bottling by Signatory on the 28th November 2011. A...  More info
A bottling from the Speyside Distillery Glen Elgin. Located, erm, quite near Elgin? Distilled in June 1991 and bottled in November 2011 following a 21 year maturation in a single sherry cask.  More info
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While most of Glen Elgin's whisky from Speyside ends up in the very tasty White Horse blends, you can still get your hands on some of their single malt through independent bottlers. It just so happens...  More info
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Distilled in May 1985, this was distilled for 24 years in a refill hogshead before bottling at natural cask strength in 2009 for the Old Malt Cask range. A rare old Glen Elgin - there are just 250...  More info
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Single cask Glen Elgin, bottled for the Bladnoch Forum. This was distilled on the 1st November 1984 and matured for 25 years in hogshead number 2852 before bottling on the 12th March 2010. A release...  More info
A release of 226 individually numbered bottles of cask strength Glen Elgin, distilled on the 1st November 1984 and aged for 25 years in hogshead number 2855 before bottling for the Bladnoch forum on...  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery in May 1985, and it was aged in cask 1526 for 26 years before bottling at Natural Cask Strength by Duncan Taylor in 2012. A release of 270 numbered...  More info
Cask 1525 held Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky since it was distilled in May 1985 until December 2013 when it was cracked open and bottled by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. Just 175...  More info
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A decanter of 50 year old vatted malt whisky from Gordon and MacPhail, named for the City of Elgin, where the company is located.  More info
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