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Located just to the north of Dufftown in Speyside, Convalmore was founded in June of 1893 by the Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Company. In March of 1904, it was purchased by blender and whisky merchant W & P Lowrie & Co, who used the whisky in their ‘Black and White’ blend. However, following an economic downtown in the whisky market, Lowrie experienced some difficulty selling matured whisky. The majority of the company shares were acquired by Lowrie-customer James Buchanan and two years later and Buchanan used Convalmore in his own blends. The distillery was rebuilt in 1909 folloing a disastrous fire which ravaged the malt barn and mash house.

In 1910, the owners experimented with a Coffey Still, though it was removed five years later after it was discovered that continuously distilled spirit, known as ‘silent malt’, had an impaired maturation. During the Second World War, the distillery played host to a detachment of the 51st Highland Division and later a detachment from the 52nd Lowland Division. Closing in 1985, Convalmore was sold to United Distillers in 1987 and then in 1990 to William Grant and Sons, owners of Balvenie and Glenfiddich. William Grant and Sons intended to use the distillery for warehousing. Only two official bottlings have been released but there are several independent bottlings including expressions from Signatory and Cadenhead.

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About Convalmore Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded


Distillery Owner


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Distillery Address

Dufftown, Banffshire


Founded by the Convalmore–Glenlivet Distillery Company. Architect is Donald Mackay from Dufftown.


Production starts in February.


Convalmore-Glenlivet is purchased by the blending company W. P. Lowrie & Co. from Glasgow for £6 000.


The new owner runs into financial troubles and James Buchanan, a major customer to Lowrie, buys the company including Convalmore Distillery.


Large parts of the distillery are destroyed by a fire in October.


The distillery is back in operation. Experimental distilling of malt whisky in continuous stills, i. e. the same method as used in production of grain whisky, takes place.


The continuous still experiments are abandoned.


Distillers Company Limited (DCL) buys the distillery from James Buchanan & Co.


DCL transfers operations to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


Direct heating of the stills from a coal fire is abandoned for indirect heating by steam.


The number of stills is increased from two to four.


The distillery is mothballed.


United Distillers sells the buildings to William Grant & Sons who uses them for storing their own malts Glenfiddich and Balvenie.


Diageo launches a 24 year old Convalmore from 1978 in the Rare Malts series.


A 28 year old is launched as a Special Release from Diageo

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

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