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Glen Albyn

The Glen Albyn distillery was demolished in 1988 having distilled its last dram five years prior. The buildings lay on what was once the Muirtown Brewery, which proffered ale to the working men who built the Caledonian Canal. Designed by Thomas Telford and James Watt, the canal links the Atlantic with the North Sea, cutting a course through Loch Ness, from whose infamous depths the distillery draws its waters. It was founded by the Provost of Inverness James Sutherland in 1846 and its fortunes did not begin well.

Glen Albyn was closed for some time, having been put up for sale in 1855. There were no buyers and the buildings were used for milling flour. It was not until 1884 that the distillery was rebuilt, this time with a rail link to the Highland Railway Company main line. Between 1917 and 1919 the buildings were used by the US Navy as a mine factory. Glen Albyn was one of the first distilleries to make use of the innovative French malting systems, the Saladin box, as did the neighbouring Glen Mhor distillery.

The Glen Albyn distillery was purchased by Distillers Company Limited in 1980 and the Box maltings were scrapped and malted barley was bought centrally. Despite being silent for over twenty years, the site still stands. However, it now plays host to a shopping centre. Single malt whiskies from Glen Albyn are rather rare and they are to be found in the form of independent bottlings.

Glen Albyn 1975 (bottled 2010) - Gordon and MacPhail

70cl, 46%

Whiskies from Glen Albyn are rare, considering the distillery was closed in the early 1980s and demolished five years later. This is a 1975 vintage Glen Albyn, bottled in 2010 by Gordon & MacPhail.…  More info

Glen Albyn 1975 (bottled 2010) - Gordon and MacPhail

Glen Albyn 20 Year Old 1977 (cask 1958) - Signatory Vintage

70cl, 43%

A Signatory Vintage bottling of 20 year old Glen Albyn single malt. Only 280 bottles were produced. Very rare indeed to see Glen Albyn whisky, considering it was closed in 1983 and demolished in 1986.  More info

Glen Albyn 20 Year Old 1977 (cask 1958) - Signatory Vintage

Glen Albyn 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

70cl, 54.8%

A cask strength bottling from the now closed Glen Albyn distillery, distilled in 1975 and bottled at 26 years old in 2001. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Glen Albyn 26 Year Old 1975 - Rare Malts

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

This Glen Albyn was distilled in 1976 and was bottled by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Glen Albyn was closed in 1983 and demolished three years later, needless to say this is a rare bottling.  More info

Glen Albyn 1976 (Gordon & MacPhail)

Glen Albyn 1975 (bottled 2006) (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

A rare single malt, distilled in 1975 at the now silent Glen Albyn distillery, a rare smooth, fresh whisky.  More info

Glen Albyn 1975 (bottled 2006) (Gordon and MacPhail)

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 57.5%

Single cask fro the now silent Glen Albyn distillery. This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, aged in hogshead number 50 for 29 years and bottled by Signatory at cask strength in 15th March…  More info

Glen Albyn 29 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 53.1%

A rare single cask bottling from a closed distillery! This was distilled on the 16th January 1981, matured in hogshead number 51 and bottled by Signatory on the 27th October 2009. Part of a release…  More info

Glen Albyn 28 Year Old 1981 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Glen Albyn 30 Year Old 1974 (cask 1597) (Signatory)

70cl, 55.9%

Though Glen Alybn was sadly demolished in 1988, its legend lives on in the whisky that remains - like this rare bottling from Signatory! It features 30 year old single malt from Glen Alybn, distilled…  More info

Glen Albyn 30 Year Old 1974 (cask 1597) (Signatory)

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