Hiram Walker’s Glenburgie produced a different style of whisky in Lomond stills.
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ballantine’s status as the second largest seller in the world accounts for the fact that Glenburgie’s sightings as a single malt are as infrequent as those of the Loch Ness monster. Allied only bottled it once and Chivas Bros. has only ever included it in its limited edition Cask Strength series (which are only available through the firms’ distillery visitors' centres). It very occasionally pops up as an independent bottling, as do some of the last remaining stocks of Glencraig. It is not commonly seen other than as a bottling from Gordon & MacPhail. However, in July 2017 Glenburgie was released as a 15-year-old single malt (alongside expressions from Glentauchers and Miltonduff) under the Ballantine’s brand.
Although its little known as a single malt, Glenburgie’s history stretches back to 1829 when it was built on the flatlands near Forres by William Paul. After the (fairly common) multiple changes in ownership it became part of the estate of blenders James & George Stodart, owner of the Old Smuggler blend, although they never actually made whisky on the site.
Stodart was bought out by Hiram Walker in 1936, at the same time the Canadian firm bought Miltonduff. Ever since then Glenburgie has been closely associated with the Ballantine’s blend.
Like Miltonduff, it was home to a pair of ‘Lomond’ stills from 1958 to 1981, which produced a malt known as Glencraig.
In 2004, the old distillery was demolished and a new, larger, open plan one was constructed. A third pair of stills was added at this point. It has been part of Chivas Brothers since 2005.
- 1829 Founded as Kilnflat Distillery by William Paul
- 1871 Paul sublets the distillery to Charles Hay, who changes the name to Glenburgie
- 1880 Fraser & Grant buy the distillery
- 1882 Alexander Fraser & Co take over
- 1925 Alexander Fraser & Co go into liquidation and the distillery closes two years later
- 1930 The distillery is acquired by Hiram Walker-Gooderham & Worts, which licenses control to subsidiary J&G Stodart
- 1936 Stodart is bought out by Hiram Walker and complete ownership of Glenburgie is transferred across
- 1958 Two Lomond stills are installed that produce a new single malt, Glencraig
- 1981 The Lomond stills are removed and replaced with traditional stills
- 1987 Allied Lyons buys Hiram Walker
- 2004 The original distillery is demolished, and a new £4.3m replacement is constructed with two additional stills
- 2005 Glenburgie joins the Chivas Brothers portfolio
- 2006 An additional two stills are installed, bringing Glenburgie up to six in total
- 2017 Glenburgie 15-year-old single malt is released under the Ballantine's brand
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An experimental peated Speyside malt produced at Glen Keith distillery on Speyside in the 1970s.
Single malt whisky produced on Lomond stills at Miltonduff distillery, near Elgin.
A core standard blend in the Chivas Brother’s portfolio, especially popular in Asia.