Strathmore distillery

Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Strathmore was a short-lived malt distillery situated within North of Scotland grain distillery in Cambus, its existence lasting all of one year.

Owned by the North of Scotland Distilling Company, its malt whisky was sold off to blenders, though one or two bottles of its single malt remain in existence.

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  • Region
    Lowland
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Demolished

Strathmore History

During the late 1950s and early 60s demand for Scotch blends was sky high. The American market had kicked in with full force and Scottish distillers were rushing to increase production. The period saw a wave of multifunctional distilleries crop up around the country, including George Christie’s North of Scotland complex at Cambus in 1958.

While North of Scotland was the name given to the grain distilling operation, Christie also installed two copper pot stills on-site to produce malt whisky, a separate distillery he called Strathmore.

With demand for grain whisky – the bulk filling in blends – rapidly outstripping the demand for malt whisky, Christie took the decision after just one year to strip out Strathmore’s pot stills to make way for an additional mash tun that would boost output of North of Scotland grain spirit.

Very nearly all of Strathmore’s limited run of whisky was sold to blenders, though Christie’s son, Ricky – now co-owner of the North of Scotland Distilling Company – claims two bottles of Strathmore single malt are in existence. One resides with himself, while the location of the other is unknown.

The North of Scotland grain distillery was later closed and sold to DCL in 1982.

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Previous owner

Contact

Address
North of Scotland Distillery
Station Road
Cambus
Clackmannshire
FK10 2NZ
United Kingdom
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See also

  • Cambus Cambus Cambus Distillery & brand

    Cambus

    A Lowland grain distillery now transformed into Diageo’s cooperage hub in Alloa.

  • North of Scotland North of Scotland North of Scotland Distillery & brand

    North of Scotland

    A now silent Lowland grain distillery that was once also home to the Strathmore malt plant.

  • Alloa Alloa Alloa Brand

    Alloa

    Some grain whisky from the lost North of Scotland distillery was bottled under the name ‘Alloa’.

  • The Famous Grouse The Famous Grouse The Famous Grouse Brand

    Famous Grouse

    One of the world’s most recognisable blended Scotch whisky brands with roots in Victorian Scotland.

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