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Coleburn

Coleburn was founded in 1896, by blenders John Robertson & Son Ltd and located just four miles to the south of Elgin. The distillery was sited at this location for the pure waters of the Glen Burn and for its proximity to the Great Northern Railway. Designed by the renowned distillery architect Charles Doig the distillery's construction was not completed until 1899, due in part to difficulties in building a house for the excise officer and, curiously, an unspecified eighteen month delay in building his lavatory.

Coleburn was bought by the Clynelish Distillery Company in 1916 and in 1925 both the Coleburn and Clynelish distilleries were purchased by Distillers Company Limited. Shortly after, Coleburn was licensed to Edinburgh-based J & G Stewart who used the whisky in their blends. During the 1950s and ‘60s, Coleburn underwent some renovation, which included the rebuilding of the mash house and the conversion from coal to steam to heat the stills.

During the slump of the early 1980s, owing to a saturated market, many distilleries closed; the first wave was in 1983 and included the likes of Port Ellen; Glen Mhor; Banff and Brora. Coleburn breathed its last in 1985 and in 1992 the licence was cancelled. Today the distillery is owned by United Distillers and the buildings are currently used as a venue for live music.

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

The Coleburn distillery was sadly one of the many losses suffered by the whisky world during the 1980s - luckily, some independent bottlers continue to bottle the whisky which they distilled before…  More info

Coleburn 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/08) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$506.74

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

70cl, 59.40%

A cask strength edition, 1979 vintage, part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 21 year old proffers a rare chance to sample a single malt from the now closed Coleburn distillery.  More info

Coleburn 21 Year Old 1979 - Rare Malts

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 2013) (Lot No. RO/13/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the seldom-seen Coleburn distillery, which was closed in 1985. Very collectible for whisky historians, this. It was distilled in 1972, long…  More info

Coleburn 1972 (bottled 2013) (Lot No. RO/13/06) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$645.62

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 27 year old bottling from Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, single malts from the Coleburn distillery are decidedly rare and this refill sherry matured expression is a wonderful…  More info

Coleburn 1981 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
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$238.40

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

70cl, 44.30%

This is a 29 year old Mackillop's Coleburn bottled in 2008. Sadly Coleburn is now a closed distillery, but this bottling provides the opportunity to try some!  More info

Coleburn 29 Year Old 1979 - Mackillop's Choice

Coleburn 25 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%

The Speyside distillery of Coleburn closed in 1985 and it is becoming more and more difficult to locate a bottle, thankfully this twenty-five year old Coleburn has been bottled by Douglas Laing for…  More info

Coleburn 25 Year Old 1980 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
$158.24

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