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Cameronbridge is a grain distillery located in Windygates, Leven, in Fife.
The distilling capacity is 110m LPA.
John Haig opened a distillery on this site in 1824 and six years later it became the first distillery to produce grain whisky using column stills. Up until 1929 the distillery had both pot and column stills, producing malt and grain whisky. More recently, under Diageo’s ownership, it has become the first distillery in the world to combine biomass combustion, anaerobic digestion and water recovery.
It’s the largest grain distillery in Scotland, and produces not only grain whisky but also grain neutral spirit for Diageo’s leading vodka and gin brands.
The grain whisky is used widely in Diageo’s blended Scotch whiskies, J&B, Johnnie Walker, Black & White, Bell’s, Vat 69 and White Horse.
It is also bottled by Diageo as a single grain under the Cameron Brig brand. Good quality expressions of Cameronbridge are also available from many leading independent bottlers.
Invergordon is a grain distillery located in Invergordon, Ross-shire.
The distilling capacity is 36m LPA.
Invergordon was founded in 1959 and began production in 1961. When Lochside ceased producing grain whisky in 1973, it became the only grain distillery located in the Highlands.
Early in its lifetime, Invergordon was home to one of the shortest-lived malt whisky distilleries in modern Scotch whisky history – Ben Wyvis, which was operational between 1963 and 1977.
The distillery was purchased in 1993 by Whyte and Mackay. Invergordon grain whisky is a core component in blends such as Whyte & Mackay and Claymore, along with many other branded and own-label blended whiskies.
Invergordon is no longer bottled as a single grain by the distillers. However, several independent bottlers have released very old bottlings of Invergordon in recent years.
North British is a grain distillery, located in Edinburgh.
The distilling capacity is 72m LPA.
The distillery was built in 1885 by a group of independent distillers. Today it is owned by Lothian Distillers, a joint venture between Diageo and The Edrington Group. When the Caledonia grain distillery closed down in 1988 the North British distillery became the only surviving distillery in Scotland's capital city.
At full capacity the distillery produces the equivalent of ten bottles per second. In a full year it will use 150,000 tonnes of grain. 18,500 hectares of land are needed to produce enough grain to supply the distillery.
North British grain whisky is an important constituent in a wide variety of blended whiskies, including the following: Famous Grouse, J&B, Cutty Sark and Johnnie Walker Black Label. North British is not bottled as a single grain by the owners.
Starlaw is a grain distillery located in Bathgate, West Lothian.
The distilling capacity is 25m LPA.
Starlaw is the newest grain distillery in Scotland. The distillery was commissioned in 2007 by La Martiniquaise on the site of their maturation, blending and bottling plant. Production began in 2010.
Grain whisky produced at Starlaw is distilled primarily from wheat. However, Starlaw also has the capacity to produce grain whisky from maize.
The majority of Starlaw’s whisky is produced for Label 5, La Martiniquaise’s flagship blend. Label 5 is the 9th best-selling Scotch whisky worldwide and the second most-popular blend in France, the largest market for Scotch by volume. It is sold both as a standard blend, and as a 12 year-old.
Ardmore distillery is located in a rural location near the village of Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire. Highland Region.
The distilling capacity is 5.5m LPA . Industry percentage 1.4%
Ardmore Distillery was founded in 1898 by the Teacher’s family to supply malt whisky to the Teacher’s whisky brand. Ardmore is still very much the ‘heart’ of Teacher’s today, but it is also a highly respected single malt brand in its own right.
The distillery site was selected for its excellent rail and road networks and for its proximity to two important raw materials – water and barley. The distillery had its own maltings until the 1970’s and its own cooperage until the 1980’s. It was also one of the last distilleries to stop using coal to fire the stills.
Ardmore is currently bottled by its owners, Beam Suntory, as Ardmore “Legacy”, a no-aged statement single malt. There are also many top quality independent bottlings of Ardmore.
Auchentoshan distillery is located by Dalmuir, Clydebank. Lowland Region.
The distilling capacity is 2m LPA. Industry percentage: 0.5%
Auchentoshan distillery is recorded as having been founded in 1823, although distilling may have occurred as early as 1817 under the name of Duntocher.
In the early parts of the 20th century, Auchentoshan was recorded as producing ‘pure Highland malt’. Today, however, Auchentoshan is notable for being one of the last distilleries to produce whisky in the classic ‘Lowland’ style. To this end, Auchentoshan, unlike most Scottish distillers (but like Irish whiskey distillers) triple-distils its spirit, giving it a lighter, fruity characteristic.
Auchentoshan is owned by Beam Suntory, having been acquired by Suntory in 1994. As very few established Lowland distilleries are active today, its whisky is used in many blends. Sales of Auchentoshan single malt have also increased steadily over the last decade.
Auchroisk distillery is located in Mulben, Banffshire. Speyside Region.
The distilling capacity is 5.8m LPA. Industry Percentage 1.5%
The Auchroisk distillery was built by J&B (now part of Diageo) in 1974.
The malt whisky is a component of many of the Diageo blends, and is a core constituent of J&B Scotch. It was bottled as a single malt under the name “Singleton of Auchroisk” up until the mid 1990’s. Now it is bottled as Auchroisk as part of the Diageo Flora and Fauna series.
There have been many specialist bottlings of Auchroisk, most notably by Signatory, Murray McDavid, Macleod’s and Douglas Laing.
Benrinnes distillery is located near Aberlour. Speyside Region.
The distilling capacity is 3.6m LPA. Industry Percentage 0.9%
The distillery was founded in 1826. It was destroyed by a flood after only three years of production but rebuilt in 1835. The distillery employed a unique partial triple distillation process until 2007.
Benrinnes now has a traditional set up of two wash stills and four spirit stills. Despite the long history of Benrinnes, there has only been one official bottling - in 1991 a fifteen year-old was released. Save for a few independent bottlings, the majority of the spirit has been used in blends, notably Johnnie Walker and J&B. Single malt whiskies from Benrinnes remain a rare treat.
Blair Athol distillery is located in Pitlochry, Perthshire. Highland Region.
The distilling capacity is 2.7m LPA. Industry Percentage 0.7%
The distillery was founded under the name Aldour in 1778 by Robert Robertson. In 1825, he expanded and renamed the facilities Blair Athol. The distillery has had a long association with Bell’s Blended Scotch - their roots were entwined as far back as the mid nineteenth century.
It’s estimated that up to 95% of the malt goes into the Bells, with the remaining 5% bottled by Diageo and a variety of independent bottlers. The Sherry cask bottlings are highly sought after. Blair Athol is popular on the whisky trail, receiving over 30,000 visitors each year.
The Borders Malt is produced at The Borders Distillery, which is located in Hawick. Lowland Region.
The distilling capacity is 2.0m LPA. Industry percentage 0.5%
The Borders Distillery opened in early 2018 and was commissioned in March. It is the brain child of three former Wm Grant’s directors, all of whom have considerable experience in the Scotch whisky trade. They raised over £10m of funding. The parent business, The Three Stills Company, is the brand owner of Clan Fraser blended Scotch and Lower East Side, a blended malt.
In recent history Hawick, and other Borders towns, were famous for their tweed and cashmere. It’s claimed that Hawick, in the 1960’s, was the highest dollar earning town, per capita, in the UK. There are no records of distilling in the Borders since 1837.
The new distillery, traditional in design and appearance, is located on the site of the former Hawick Electric company, adjacent to the river Teviot.
Bunnahabhain distillery is located near Port Askaig, on the Island of Islay. Islay Region.
The distilling capacity is 2.6m LPA. Industry percentage: 0.7%
Until the foundation of Kilchoman in 2005, Bunnahabhain, est. 1881, was the youngest distillery on Islay. In fact, prior to the building of the distillery, this region of Islay was largely uninhabited.
Bunnahabhain is, along with Bruichladdich, one of only two Islay distilleries to mainly produce unpeated whisky. Today, around 80% of the whisky distilled at Bunnahabhain is unpeated, although a peated variety – named 'Staoisha' – has also been produced since the late 1990s.
In 2003, Burn Stewart Distillers purchased Bunnahabhain from Edrington, along with the brand of 'Black Bottle, a blended whisky. Bunnahabhain whisky is the core of Black Bottle, as well as a major component in Scottish Leader, Burn Stewart's other major blended Scotch.
Like most Islay whiskies, Bunnahabhain has also achieved considerable success as a brand of single malt. Today, Bunnahabhain single malt is sold in many countries worldwide, and has proven particularly popular in Africa and Taiwan.
Caol Ila distillery is located in Port Askaig, on the island of Islay.
The distilling capacity is 6.5m LPA. Industry percentage: 1.7%
Caol Ila (Gaelic for Sound of Islay) is pronounced as ‘cull eela’. The name is directly connected to its location, on the shore of the Sound of Islay just under a mile north of Port Askaig.
Hector Henderson founded the distillery in 1846. Islay malts were not very popular at that time and the distillery did not initially thrive. The business first changed hands in 1854 when Norman Buchanan, owner of the Isle of Jura Distillery, bought it.
After several further changes of ownership, the distillery was eventually purchased by The Distiller's Company, Limited (the forerunner of Diageo) in 1927.
Caol Ila produces a peated Islay malt. As the largest distillery on Islay, Caol Ila is very popular with blenders. For this reason, whisky from this distillery is included in many leading blends, including Johnnie Walker.
Caol Ila is also very popular in its own right as a single malt, and its brand is growing rapidly worldwide.
Dailuaine distillery is located in Charlestown-of-Aberlour, Strathspey. Speyside Region.
The distilling capacity is 5.1m LPA. Industry Percentage 1.5%
In 1852, William Mackenzie founded Dailuaine Distillery. Towards the end of the 19th Century Dailuaine was one of Scotland’s largest distilleries. In 1898, Dailuaine-Talisker Distilleries Ltd was formed and the group included an Aberdeen based grain distillery, fellow Speysider Imperial, Dailuaine distillery and the Skye-based Talisker. In 1925, Distillers Company Limited acquired the company, latterly amalgamating with Diageo. Capacity was recently increased at Dailuaine from 3.2m to 5.1m LPA.
The malt is widely used in the Johnnie Walker blends with only a few casks ending up as single malt bottlings. These can be extremely good.
Glen Garioch distillery is located in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Highland Region.
The distilling capacity is 1.44m LPA. Industry percentage: 0.4%
Glen Garioch is one of Scotland’s oldest operational distilleries, as it was founded in 1797.
The present owners of Glen Garioch are Beam Suntory. After acquiring the distillery in 1994, Suntory closed Glen Garioch between 1995 and 1997 for refurbishment. During this period, Glen Garioch’s floor maltings, one of the few remaining on-site facilities in Scotland, were closed.
Until 1995, Glen Garioch was one of the few distilleries outside of Islay to produce peated whisky. Since re-opening in 1997, the distillery has produced a more traditional, non-peated Highland malt.
Glen Garioch is used in a variety of different blends, while in recent years it has also come to prominence as a single malt whisky in its own right.
Glen Moray distillery is located in Elgin, Morayshire. Speyside Region.
The distilling capacity is 5.9m LPA. Industry percentage: 1.5%
Glen Moray was established as a distillery in 1897, when West Brewery was converted for malt whisky production.
In 2008, the French drinks group La Martiniquaise purchased the distillery from Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.
Glen Moray whisky is the core malt component in La Martiniquaise’s flagship blend, Label 5, and Glen Turner blended malt. Label 5 is the 9th best-selling Scotch whisky worldwide and the second most-popular blend in France, the largest market for Scotch by volume.
A wide variety of single malt bottlings from Glen Moray have also been released since La Martiniquaise’s takeover.
Glen Spey distillery is located in Rothes, Aberlour, Banffshire. Speyside Region.
The distilling capacity is 1.5m LPA. Industry Percentage 0.4%
Glen Spey distillery was built in 1878 by James Stuart & Co under the name 'Mill of Rothes'. Less than a decade later James Stuart bought the Macallan distillery and sold Glen Spey to W. & A. Gilbey for £11,000.
The majority of Glen Spey’s production is destined for blending in the J&B brand, but there are some single malt bottlings from both Diageo and the specialists. Reviews would suggest that Glen Spey benefits from longer in cask than many single malts, with the bottlings of 15 years and above achieving high ratings.
Inchgower Distillery is located just outside Buckie, Moray. Speyside Region.
The distilling capacity is 3.2m LPA. Industry Percentage 0.8%
The distillery was built in 1871 by Alexander Wilson & Co and ownership was transferred to Arthur Bell & Sons (now Diageo) in 1938.
Inchgower malt is a major component of Bell's blended whisky, but it is also used in White Horse and Johnnie Walker. It is highly rated as a blending malt, but also as a single malt. Cadenhead's, Adelphi, Hart Brothers and Signatory Vintage have all bottled casks of Inchgower. The quality ratings are very high.
Kirkcowan is produced at Bladnoch distillery, which is located in Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway. Lowland Region.
The distilling capacity is 1.5m LPA. Industry Percentage 0.4%
Bladnoch distillery was founded in 1817. The distillery is owned by David Prior, who purchased it in 2015. After two years of extensive renovations, in which all equipment barring the mill was replaced, the distillery was finally re-opened in Summer 2017.
Kirkcowan is the blending name for Bladnoch’s unpeated single malt whisky, which is a grassy, malty spirit typical of the Lowlands region.
At the end of the 19th century, there were 25 active Lowland distilleries, of which only three are still operational today: Bladnoch, Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie. However, Lowland malt whisky has undergone a resurgence in recent years, and there are now 13 active distilleries in the region again.
After purchasing the distillery in 2015, Prior launched a new blend, Pure Scot, which includes Bladnoch single malt alongside other malt and grain whiskies. It was launched in Australia in 2015, and then in other global markets such as the US and UK and 2016.
Nethermill is a malt whisky produced at Fettercairn Distillery, which is located at the foot of the Grampian Mountains, Aberdeenshire. Highland region.
Distillery capacity 2.8m LPA. Industry percentage: 0.7%
Fettercairn was founded in 1825 by Sir Alexander Ramsay, a local landowner.
It was sold five years later to Sir John Gladstone, father of the British Prime Minister William Gladstone. The Gladstone family, although not directly involved in the running of the plant, maintained ownership for over ninety years.
Today it is owned by Whyte & Mackay whose parent company is Emperador.
The spirit produced is a full bodied Highland single malt whisky.
Strathenry is produced at Inchdairnie distillery, which is located in Glenrothes, Fife. Lowland Region.
The distilling capacity is 2.0m LPA. Industry Percentage 0.5%
Inchdairnie is one of the newest malt distilleries in Scotland. Construction began in July 2014 and, in December 2015, production began for the first time.
The distillery is owned by John Fergus & Co. Ltd, which was founded by Ian Palmer, a four-decade veteran of the whisky industry (Invergordon, Glen Turner).
Unlike many new distilleries, Inchdairnie is neither small, nor dependent on single malt sales for its success. Over two-thirds of the whisky produced at this distillery is known as Strathenry, which is sold specifically within the industry as a malt intended for blending.
A major purchaser of Strathenry is MacDuff International, whose blends include Grand Macnish, Lauder's and Islay Mist.
There is another spirit produced at this distillery, which is known as 'Inchdairnie'. Bottles of Inchdairnie single malt are not scheduled for release until 2029.
Strathmill distillery is located in Keith, Banffshire. Speyside region.
Distillery capacity 2.3m LPA. Industry percentage: 0.6%
Founded in 1891 under the name of ‘Glenisla’, Strathmill acquired its modern name in 1895 when it was purchased by W. & A. Gilbey Ltd. More famous nowadays for gin than whisky, Gilbey’s were the owners of three malt distilleries for the first half of the 20th century (the others being Glen Spey and Knockando).
In 1962, Gilbey’s merged with United Wine Traders, the producers of J&B, to form International Distillers & Vintners (IDV). Strathmill, like other ex-Gilbey distilleries, went on to become one of the key malts used in this well-known brand, and remains a core component of J&B to this day.
As a consequence of Strathmill’s popularity in blended Scotch, it is uncommon to see it released as a single malt, although more releases by independent bottlers have been seen in recent years.
Teaninich distillery is located in Alness, Ross-shire. Highlands region.
Distillery capacity 10.2m LPA. Industry percentage: 2.6%
Originally founded in 1817 by Captain Hugh Munro, Teaninich was one of the first legal distilleries in Scotland. It then passed between the hands of several local distillers and blenders before the trust of the last sole proprietor, Robert Innes Cameron, sold the distillery to Distiller’s Company Limited (DCL, the forerunner to Diageo) in 1933.
Teaninich changed profoundly in 1970, when a new building with six stills, known as site A, was opened. The old distillery, now known as site B, was then mothballed in 1984 and ultimately decommissioned in 1999.
The modern distillery, in turn, was then doubled in capacity in 2015, and is now Diageo’s third-largest malt distillery by capacity after Roseisle and Glen Ord.
Seldom seen as a single malt, Teaninich is largely used in many different blended whiskies, especially Johnnie Walker, Vat 69 and Haig.
Tobermory distillery is located in Tobermory, on the Island of Mull. Highland Region.
The distilling capacity is 1m LPA. Industry percentage: 0.3%
Tobermory distillery, which was founded in 1798, can lay claim to being one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. It is the only distillery on the Island of Mull. Island whiskies tend to be more expensive than mainland ones due to the increased cost of production at their remote locations.
In 1993, Burn Stewart purchased Tobermory distillery. Whisky from this distillery is at the heart of Burn Stewart’s two major blended whiskies, Scottish Leader and Black Bottle.
Scottish Leader is the largest selling blend in Taiwan, which is the 4th most valuable market for Scotch in the world.
’Tobermory’, which is unpeated, is not the only single malt produced at Tobermory distillery –a smoky, peated variety known as ‘Ledaig’ is also made. Production is split evenly between the two, and both have become increasingly prominent as brands of single malt over recent years.
Tombae is a malt whisky produced at Tamnavulin Distillery, which is located near Ballindalloch, Banffshire. Speyside region.
Distillery capacity 4.0m LPA. Industry percentage: 1.0%
Tamnavulin was built in 1966 by the Tamnavulin-Glenlivet Distillery Company, an Invergordon Distillers Group subsidiary, which became part of Whyte and Mackay Ltd.
Following a period where the distillery was mothballed, Whyte and Mackay reopened the distillery in 2007. Since then, the distillery has crafted exceptional single malt whisky with a true Speyside character.
Tullibardine distillery is located in Blackford, near Gleneagles. (Highland region.)
The distilling capacity is 3.0m LPA. Industry percentage 0.8%.
Tullibardine was founded on the site of an old brewery which dates back to the 12th Century. Spirit first flowed in the new distillery in 1949. The area is well known for the purity of the local water which flows from the Ochil Hills; indeed Highland Spring has a bottling plant adjacent to the distillery.
Tullibardine was purchased in 2011 by an independent company, Picard Vins & Spiritueux, and production, from two sets of stills, is now approaching capacity. Tullibardine produces an excellent spirit which is popular with blenders. Its reputation as a high quality single malt is also growing fast.