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For some time during the 19th century, Millburn was operated as a mill. Rumoured to have been founded in 1807 or perhaps 1805 by a Mr Welsh, the distillery lies on the banks of the Mill Burn, from whence the distillery’s cooling waters flow. The distillery was originally known as the Inverness Distillery and it was officially founded in 1825 by Alexander Macdonald and James Rose, two years after the Excise Act had been passed. Not long after, the distillery went into liquidation and in 1853 it was acquired by David Rose, a corn trader.

In 1876, Millburn went through renovation and was converted to a distillery having been used as a mill for some time. In 1881, David’s son George Rose inherited the distillery and managed it until 1892, at which point it was purchased by Andrew Haig and Co who redesigned the buildings just before the turn of the 20th century. Passing through the hands of Booth’s Distillers Ltd, a gin company, in 1935 they merged with William Sanderson and Co, latterly becoming a part of Distillers Company Ltd before being subsequently transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers, who later became a part of Diageo.

Millburn was sited unfortunately for the transportation links were poor and, following the whisky crisis of the 1980s, the distillery closed in 1985 and was subsequently dismantled. Today, the site is used differently; in 1989 a restaurant was opened in one the buildings, known as ‘The Auld Distillery’, the name later changed to ‘Slice’ and today it is part of the Premier Travel Inn brand.

Millburn Whisky Distillery

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About Millburn Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded


Distillery Owner


Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Millburn Road, Inverness


A Mr. Welsh founds the distillery on the outskirts of Inverness and names it Inverness Distillery.


Alexander Macdonald and James Rose operate the distillery.


The company Macdonald & Rose is wound up.


The corn dealer David Rose buys the distillery but probably uses it for purposes other than distilling.


Inverness Distillery is reconstructed in order to function as a distillery again.


David Rose’s son George takes over.


Andrew Haig & Co. buys the distillery.


The distillery is renamed Millburn and Millburn Distillery Company is formed.


Booth’s Distillers Limited (distiller of gin) from London acquires the distillery.


A raging fire destroys most of the distillery, but it is rebuilt the same year.


Booth’s Distillers merges with William Sanderson & Co.


Sanderson & Booth’s joins Distillers Company Limited (DCL).


Administration is transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).


Production ceases and the distillery closes.


The equipment is removed and the facilities are rebuilt as the steakhouse ‘The Auld Distillery’ by the restaurant chain Beefeater.


Millburn 1975 (18 years) is the first official bottling in the Rare Malts series.


Another Rare Malt is launched; Millburn 1975 (25 years).


A 35 year old is launched in the Rare Malt series.

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

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Distilled at Millburn in 1975 and aged for 25 years before bottling in 2001 for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info
A 1972 vintage from Gordon and MacPhail, matured in refill sherry butts. The Millburn distillery is now closed, so any whisky is decidedly rare.  More info
Distilled at Millburn in 1978 and aged for 30 years before bottling in 2008 for Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
Distilled at Millburn in 1969 and aged for 35 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range.  More info

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