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The Kinclaith distillery hardly suits the traditional image of a Scotch whisky distillery. Indeed, rather than being a quaint, long-established huddle of buildings, Glasgow’s last malt whisky distillery, Kinclaith lies in the Strathclyde grain distillery complex. Owned by Long John International, at the time under Seagar Evans ownership, Kinclaith was sold in 1975 to Whitbread and subsequently closed down to provide more space for the Strathclyde complex. During the Lowland distillery’s 18 years of existence, the majority of the Scotch whisky it produced was used in Long John blended products. There, naturally, have been no official releases, though there are some independent bottlings, Signatory and Gordon and MacPhail being notable in this respect. Despite its industrial surroundings, Kinclaith single malt whisky remains a rare treat. The Kinclaith distillery draws its waters from Loch Katrine, the Strathclyde complex in which Kinclaith stands was establish in 1927 and produces a copious 40m litres annually, currently under the watchful eye of Pernod Ricard since their acquisition in 2005.

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

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Single malt whisky from Kinclaith is extremely rare and highly sought after. Built to provide malt whisky for the Long John blend, the distillery was only in operation for 18 years, between 1957 an...  More info
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As rare as they come. This was distilled on the 28th May 1969 and aged for a whopping 35 years in hogshead 301446 before bottling on the 5th April 2005. A release of 219 cask strength bottles (also...  More info
A whisky from the Kinclaith distillery (a Lowland distillery which closed in 1975). This was distilled in 1963 and aged in cask number 100572 (a refill sherry hogshead) for 32 years before bottling...  More info
A very rare Lowland single cask whisky (extremely rare considering the Kinclaith distillery closed in 1977!). This was distilled on the 28th May 1969 and matured in cask number 301444 for 35 years...  More info
A smartly packaged and incredibly rare single cask whisky from Signatory. The Kinclaith distillery was closed in 1975, and its whisky is highly sought-after. This was aged for 35 years in hogshead...  More info

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