Glen Elgin distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Little surprise perhaps that Glen Elgin has been a major contributor to blends, White Horse in particular (there was a legendary 12-year-old exclusive for Japan which heavily promoted the White Horse link on the label). It was a member of Diageo’s ‘Hidden Malts’ range which appeared, briefly, at the start of the Millennium before being dropped in favour of the higher-volume Singleton family. As a result, it remains a minor cult among malt aficionados and is revered by blenders.

 

  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Working

Glen Elgin History

Located in the strangely-named hamlet of Fogwatt, Glen Elgin’s early years were somewhat precarious. It started production in 1900 just as whisky was entering one of its periodic slumps and promptly was mothballed twice before being sold in 1906. It joined DCL in 1929 and was licensed to White Horse Distillers. Electricity only arrived at the distillery in 1950. Up until then it was operated by paraffin.    

Timeline

  • 1898 Glen Elgin is founded in Morayshire by bankers William Simpson and James Carle
  • 1900 The distillery begins production but is closed only five months later
  • 1901 The next year Glen Elgin is auctioned off to the Glen Elgin-Glenlivet Distillery Cofor £4,000
  • 1906 Wine producer JJ Blanche & Co buys the distillery and restarts production
  • 1930 Following the death of JJ Blanche the previous year, Glen Elgin is bought by Scottish Malt Distillers under license of White Horse
  • 1964 The distillery flourishes, and its stills are increased from two to six
  • 1992 Glen Elgin closes for three years to undergo further refurbishment and the installation of new stills
  • 2001 Glen Elgin 12 Year Old appears in the Flora and Fauna range
  • 2008 Diageo launch a 16 year old as a Special Release

Glen Elgin Facts

  • Condenser Type i
    Worm tub
  • Fermentation Time i
    90hrs
  • Filling Strength i
    63.5%
  • Grist Weight (t) i
    8.2
  • Heat Source i
    Steam
  • Malt Specification i
    Non peated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Mainly in house
  • Mash Tun Type i
    Lauter
  • New-make Phenol Level i
    Non peaty
  • New-make Strength i
    66-67%
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
    8,000
  • Spirit Still Shape i
    Plain
  • Stills i
    6
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
    6,500
  • Wash Still Shape i
    Plain
  • Washback Type i
    Wood
  • Washbacks i
    9
  • Water Source i
    Millbules Spring
  • Wort Clarity i
    Clear
  • Yeast Type i
    Creamed

Owners

Current owner

Previous owners

Contact

Address
Glen Elgin Distillery
Glen Elgin Road
Longmorn
Moray
IV30 8SL
United Kingdom
Website
Visit Website
Phone
+44 1343 862100
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public

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See also

  • Auchroisk Auchroisk Auchroisk Distillery & brand

    Auchroisk

    One of Diageo’s ‘nutty-spicy’ sites.

  • Benrinnes Benrinnes Benrinnes Distillery & brand

    Benrinnes

    A highly individual Speyside whisky.

  • Blair Athol Blair Athol Blair Athol Distillery & brand

    Blair Athol

    The home of Bell's blended whisky.

  • Caol Ila Caol Ila Caol Ila Distillery & brand

    Caol Ila

    Islay distillery belonging to Diageo.

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