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Dumbarton

In 1936, Canadian distiller Hiram Walker-Gooderham Worts purchased the whisky blending company George Ballantine & Sons, giving it sizeable stocks of mature whisky and an established brand (Ballantine’s), but no distilleries. Hiram Walker was established to oversee Scottish operations, and built Dumbarton distillery in the Lowland regions of Scotland. When Dumbarton began distilling in 1938, it was the largest continuous distillery in Scotland producing grain whisky. It was also the first to introduce American-style stainless steel columns, rather than copper stills.

Immortalised in history are the ‘Scotch Watch’, a gaggle of around 100 Chinese white geese introduced by Hiram Walker in 1959 to protect Dumbarton from intruders. The geese stayed when Dumbarton closed in 2002, though 10 years later the remaining seven birds were at last retired and sent to live with an existing flock at Glasgow Green. The buildings have since been demolished to make way for a new housing development including, most sadly including the site’s iconic red tower.

Dumbarton’s whisky was mostly reserved for the Ballantine’s blend and was never bottled as a single grain. Nonetheless, some independent bottlings have emerged from Douglas Laing and Hunter Laing.

Dumbarton 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 15801) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 43.5%

This single grain Scotch whisky was distilled in 1897 at the Dumbarton distillery, which was closed in 2002. After ageing in a single bourbon barrel for 31 patient years, this wonderfully rare whisky…  More info

Dumbarton 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 15801) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$124.90

Dumbarton 22 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 47.8%

The first bottling of Dumbarton single grain Scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company! An excellent expression from this sadly-closed distillery, which had a reputation for creating quite a…  More info

Dumbarton 22 Year Old  (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$97.74
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Dumbarton 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 15558) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 44.1%

Behold! A delightful and rare bottling of 31 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the closed Dumbarton distillery! This Sovereign bottling from Hunter Laing contains whisky drawn from a single…  More info

Dumbarton 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 15558) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$123.62

Dumbarton 32 Year Old 1986 (cask 12814) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 61.1%

Though the Dumbarton distillery remains closed, we can still get our hands on its whisky via indie bottlers like Douglas Laing! This one is a 32 year old single grain distilled back in August 1986,…  More info

Dumbarton 32 Year Old 1986 (cask 12814) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
$293.37

Dumbarton 50 Year Old 1964 (cask 11592) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 49.1%

50 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the Dumbarton distillery, which was sadly mothballed in 2002. It was distilled all the way back in December 1964, matured in a single refill hogshead until…  More info

Dumbarton 50 Year Old 1964 (cask 11592) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

Dumbarton 50 Year Old 1964 (cask 11227) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 43.8%

This is a Hunter Laing bottling of single grain Scotch whisky from the Dumbarton distillery, which was mothballed in 2002. It was drawn from a single cask which was filled in December 1964 and opened…  More info

Dumbarton 50 Year Old 1964 (cask 11227) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
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Dumbarton 48 Year Old 1964 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50.1%

This grain whisky from the once mighty Dumbarton distillery has been aged for an incredible 48 years. It is a 1964 vintage bottled by Douglas Laing under their Clan Denny brand.  More info

Dumbarton 48 Year Old 1964 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Dumbarton 46 Year Old 1964 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.3%

This is a forty-six year old Dumbarton bottled by Clan Denny. Dumbarton is a grain whisky which means it is with un-malted grain. Although cheaper to make than single malt, when aged sufficiently…  More info

Dumbarton 46 Year Old 1964 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Dumbarton 46 Year Old 1964 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 47.4%

Aged for a staggering 46 years, this is serious stuff from the Clan Denny range, distilled at Dumbarton in 1964 and aged in refill hogshead 7542. A beautiful single cask grain whisky.  More info

Dumbarton 46 Year Old 1964 - The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)

Dumbarton 51 Year Old 1964 (cask 11181) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 45.8%

Incredibly well-aged single grain from the closed Dumbarton distillery, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled in December 1964 and left to age for a massive 51 years! It was then…  More info

Dumbarton 51 Year Old 1964 (cask 11181) - Xtra Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 (cask 13049) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.7%

A rare bottling of 29 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the closed Dumbarton distillery! This Sovereign bottling from Hunter Laing contains whisky drawn from a single refill barrel which was…  More info

Dumbarton 29 Year Old 1987 (cask 13049) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 (cask 14327) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 50.2%

The Sovereign range, bottled by Hunter Laing, compromises of single cask whiskies that are of cask strength and without chill filtration or artificial colouring, and, crucially, are between 25 and 50…  More info

Dumbarton 30 Year Old 1987 (cask 14327) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$128.14

Dumbarton 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 10025027) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.3%

A 31-year-old single grain Scotch whisky from the Dumbarton distillery, drawn from a single cask! This whisky was distilled in March 1987 and matured until it was bottled in August 2018 by Duncan…  More info

Dumbarton 31 Year Old 1987 (cask 10025027) - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)
$127.47

Dumbarton 32 Year Old 1986 (cask #1852-73497) - Claxton's

70cl, 57.1%

A bottling of Dumbarton's single grain Scotch whisky - a rare sight, as the distillery closed back in 2002. This one is a 32 year old expression, distilled in August 1986 and aged in a single bourbon…  More info

Dumbarton 32 Year Old 1986 (cask #1852-73497) - Claxton's
$132.07

Dumbarton 53 Year Old 1964 (cask 14926) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%

Incredibly old single grain Scotch whisky from a closed distillery - and it's quite exciting indeed. It was distilled by Dumbarton all the way back in 1964 and filled into a single bourbon barrel,…  More info

Dumbarton 53 Year Old 1964 (cask 14926) - The Sovereign (Hunter Laing)
$471.81

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