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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.

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About Coleburn Whisky Distillery

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Distillery Address

Longmorn, Elgin, Moray


John Robertson & Son in Dundee founds the distillery. The famous architect Charles Doig is called in.


The distillery closes.


The distillery is bought by the consortium Clynelish Distillery Company (consisting of Distillers Company Ltd, John Risk and John Walker) and reopens.


Production is licensed to J. & G. Stewart Ltd, a subsidiary of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).


DCL buys Clynelish Distillery Company and becomes owners to Coleburn. Operations are transferred to the subsidiary Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


The distillery is mothballed.


From now on the distillery lacks a license.


United Distillers plans to build apartments in the distillery and local authorities approve though no further developments take place.


A 21 year old cask strength from 1979 is released in the Rare Malt series.


The brothers Dale and Mark Winchester buy the distillery from Diageo. The plans are to transform it into an activity centre with a hotel, restaurants, shops and concert venues.

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

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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
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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
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

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