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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 very soft 12 year old Speyside dram, distilled at the Glen Elgin distillery.  More info
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Just like it says on the label, this is a Strictly Limited release of 17 year old Glen Elgin whisky, as only 734 bottles were produced. Carn Mor, the people you should be patting on the back for...  More info
$89.42
An A. D. Rattray bottling of Glen Elgin single malt, matured in a single bourbon hogshead for 18 years. It was distilled in October 1995, the year the distillery was reopened after the installation of...  More info
$113.72
Independently bottled by Wemyss, this single cask Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky has been given a descriptive and slightly whimsical name, as Wemyss does with all of their bottlings. This tasty...  More info
$116.53
This is an independent bottling of 17 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, which was bottled for the Coopers Choice range. It was finished for an unspecified period of time in a Sherry cask...  More info
$120.68
This is cask strength bottling of Glen Elgin distilled in 1989 and bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2010.  More info
$132.03
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
$141.98
Bottled in December 2013, this Glen Elgin matured in a single 2nd fill Sherry butt for 21 years. With notes of dark spices and oranges, this particular Old Particular bottling from Douglas Laing looks...  More info
$156.85
A special single cask release from Diageo, a single cask was selected from each of their 27 malt whisky distilleries as part of their recently launched Managers Choice. This Glen Elgin was matured in...  More info
$349.27
Glen Elgin 32 Year Old
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A cask strength at a surprisingly low proof, such have been the effects of the angel's share, a 32 year old from Glen Elgin.  More info
$735.47
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
A 13 year old unchillfiltered single cask Glen Elgin, bottled by Signatory. Rather interestingly, this was matured in a virgin oak barrel!  More info
Distilled on the 2nd July 1996 and aged in bourbon barrels 41 and 42 before bottling by Signatory on the 20th October 2010. A release of 583 bottles of single cask Glen Elgin.  More info
Glen Elgin - The Speyside distillery gave their spirit so that this bottling might live. From two hogsheads.  More info
$65.71
A single cask Glen Elgin from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled in June 1991 and matured for 12 years in cask number 4068 before bottling in October 2003 by Douglas Laing. An...  More info
A cracking 18 year old Glen Elgin single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Signatory for the top notch Un-Chillfiltered Collection of independently bottled whiskies. This release is comprised of 782...  More info
$70.36
This was distilled in June 1991 and aged for 16 years in refill hogshead number 3927 before bottling in October 2007. This is part of a release of 287 bottled for the Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$70.74
A Glen Elgin single malt distilled in 1996 and bottled at 46% as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range from Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
$72.00
Batch one of 12 year old Glen Elgin from the Dimensions range. This was distilled in October 1999 and bottled by Duncan Taylor in December 2011. Loads of flavour!  More info
A Glen Elgin from Duncan Taylor's Dimensions series. This was distilled in October of 1995 and aged for 16 years before bottling un-chillfiltered in April 2012. This is from batch 0001.  More info
$90.18
A cask strength single malt from the Glen Elgin distillery, distilled in 1991 and bottled, after a maturation of 16 years, in 2007. This is a full-bodied, peppy whisky.  More info
Single cask Glen Elgin, matured for 16 years in refill butt number 4071 before bottling by Signatory on the 1st December 2007. This comes as part of a release of just 512 decanter bottles, each is...  More info
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
A single cask bottling of Glen Elgin from Wemyss. Bottled in April 2009 at 46%. Each individual cask is named according to its flavours and aromas, and this one produced 335 bottles. The malts are not...  More info
$104.50
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