Glenburgie distillery information

The Glenburgy distillery was founded in 1810 by William Paul, using the name Kilnflat, near Alves, Moray in the Speyside region of Scotland. Production did not start until 1829, though, which is also when the first documented evidence of distillation taking place at the site started showing up. It closed in 1870, due to financial trouble, was renamed to Glenburgy in 1871, and revived in 1878, by Charles Kay, this time using the name Glenburgie-Glenlivet. In 1884, it was taken over by Alexander Fraser & Co. from nearby Elgin.

The Glenburgie Distillery

The Glenburgie Distillery

Fraser & Co went bankrupt in 1925, and ownership of the distillery passed to Donald Mustard the receiver (a lawyer)  also from Elgin. By 1927, the distillery was silent, and it was purchased by James & George Stodart Ltd. They in turn were acquired by Hiram Walker & Sons (Scotland) Ltd in 1930. The Glenburgie distillery ownership is transfered to Hiram Walker in 1936, and it resumed production the same year. In the 1950s, the malting floor is closed. In 1958, two so-called Lomond Stills (cylindrical stills with a vertically mounted water jacket above it. Within the still neck there are three perforated plates that can be cooled independently. This allows the distiller to produce different types of whisky. Lomond stills have only been used in a handfull of distilleries, including Loch Lomond, Miltonduff, Inverleven and Scapa. In 2010 Bruichladdich installed the still salvaged from the Inverleven distillery).

By means of these Lomond stills, it was possible to produce an entirely different whisky at Glenburgie, and this was sold under the name Glencraig (or Glen Craig), named after Willie Craig, a former director at Hiram Walker. In order to ensure two different products, additional equipment had to be installed in order for the two spirits not to end up mixed together. This, Glenburgie had an extra pair of spirit safes as well as spirit receivers for Glencraig whisky. However, the Lomond stills were removed again in 1981, and replaced with traditional pot stills, thus marking the end of Glencraig whisky.

In 1987, Allied Lyons buys up Hiram Walker & Sons. In 1994, they also buy Pedro Domecq, and the distillery then is operated through Allied Domecq PLC/Allied distillers, who release a 15 Year Old in 2002. In 2000 the distillery was closed, and between 2003 and 2004, the distillery was rebuilt and fitted with new equipment. Pretty much the only unchanged equipment are the stills. In 2005 Allied Domecq is acquired by Pernod Ricard, who have run it through their subsidiary Chivas Brothers since. In 2006, 2 additional stills are installed to make a total of 6, bringing the total capacity to 4,200,000 liters annually.

Glenburgie whisky

Most of the whisky produced at Glenburgie is used in blends (particularly Ballantines and Old Smuggler). There have only been a handful of official bottles released in the last 25 years. However,m there are regular releases by independent bottlers.

Distillery info:

Water sourceSrpings from the Burgie hill
Owned byPernod Ricard

Glenburgie distillery
IV36 0QX

+44 (0) 1343 850258

Visitor centreNo

Distillery Setup:

Mash tun4.7 tonnes1
Washback23,500 litres13 (6 Scottish Oak, 7 Stainless Steel)
Wash still11,750 litres3
Spirit Still15,000 litres3
Expected yearly output in LPA (Litres of pure alcohol)4,200,000