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Glen Mhor

The stills of Glen Mhor fell silent in 1983, along with those of the neighbouring distillery Glen Albyn. It was in 1980 that Diageo acquired Glens Albyn and Mhor respectively, demolishing them both several years later to make way for a shopping centre. Glen Mhor sits more or less atop the Caledonian Canal, the 62 mile man-made waterway which cuts a course from Inverness to Corpach. The whisky distillery was Scotland’s first to install a Saladin Box, a malting device which proved thoroughly economical for quite some time.

Founded in 1892, by John Birnie and James Mackinlay, Glen Mhor draws its waters from the tourist Mecca of Loch Ness. The renowned Scottish author, Neil Gunn, was, for many years, an exciseman and he spent some time in the highlands and was posted almost permanently at Glen Mhor. There he learnt to love single malt whiskies, in a period when they were pretty much inaccessible for anyone who lived further from the distillery than on its very doorstep. Gunn recalled the first sip of a good dram: "at such a moment the basest man would bless his enemy". The single malt whiskies of the Glen Mhor distillery are quite rare today; there have been but a couple of house bottlings and a handful of independent releases over the years.

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About Glen Mhor Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1892

Distillery Status

Demolished

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Inverness, Inverness-shire

1892

John Birnie, Manager of Glen Albyn distillery, and James Mackinlay in Inverness are commissioned by Charles Mackinlay & Co. to set up the distillery. The architect is Charles Doig.

1894

Production starts in December.

1906

John Walker & Co. buys part of the company.

1920

Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd buys Glen Mhor and neighbouring Glen Albyn.

1954

A Saladin box replaces floor maltings which makes Glen Mhor one of the first distilleries to introduce mechanical malting.

1972

The distillery is bought by Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1980

Own maltings is decommissioned.

1983

The distillery closes.

1986

The buildings are demolished.

2001

A 22 year old from 1979 is launched in the Rare Malts series.

2005

A 28 year old from 1976 is launched in the Rare Malts series.

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

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A 28 year old single cask whisky from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled in 1982, aged in a single wine treated hogshead and bottled By Signatory on the 24th November 2010.  More info
$309.69
A very rare whisky from the now silent distillery, Glen Mhor. This was distilled in 1979 and aged for 22 years before bottling in October 2001 for the Rare Malts range. Each bottle is numbered.  More info
$226.48
A 27 year old from the Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled at the Glen Mhor distillery (which is now long gone) in August 1982 and it was aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in August 2009.  More info
A single cask from the now closed Glen Mhor distillery. This was distilled on the 1st September 1982, matured for 27 years in hogshead number 1327 before bottling on the 6th April 2010 at cask...  More info
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A very rare edition of 28 year old single malt from the silent Glen Mhor distillery, bottled under Diageo's Rare Malts label.  More info
Distilled at the now silent Glen Mhor in 1979 and bottled in July 1995 at a thunderous cask strength.  More info
This was distilled at the Glen Mhor distillery in August 1982. It was then aged for 30 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in October 2012. There are just 228 bottles available, from Douglas...  More info
$210.55
A "pure malt" from Glen Mhor, this is an incredibly rare whisky bottled in the days of "proof" and measuring volume in fluid ounces! A great whisky from a now lost distillery…  More info
$476.88
Distilled at Glen Mhor in 1980 and bottled in 2006, an old bottling for a now closed distillery.  More info
$223.39
A rare 1965 vintage release from Gordon and MacPhail. A single malt from the now silent Glen Mhor distillery.  More info
$499.18
This was distilled at Glen Mhor on the 22nd September 1982, and it was aged for 29 years in hogshead 1604 before bottling by Signatory at natural cask strength.  More info
$357.52

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