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CLYNELISH   14 years old 43 %      INFO          
FLORA & FAUNA
Distilled 1980
Bottled 1992
Clynelish Distillery, Brora, Sutherland

CLYNELISH   11 years old 66,3 %                   
CADENHEAD'S
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
Cask Strenght
Distilled March 1982
Bottled February 1994
No additives
No colouring
Not chill filtered
Wm. Cadenhead,
32 Unionstreet, Campbeltown

CLYNELISH   12 years old 57 %                 
Proprietors: Ainslie & Heilbron
(Distillers) Ltd Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
EMPTY

CLYNELISH   29 years old 52,1 %                 
VINTAGE 1965
Distilled 19.2.65
Matured in Sherry Cask
Bottled 6.94
530 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

CLYNELISH   13 years old 43 %             
Dist. date: 20 January 1982
Bottling date: August 1995
Cask No. 131
156 bottles
Usquebach Society, Holland

CLYNELISH   15 years old 43 %          INFO  
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 7.2.80
Bottled 3.95
Cask No. 1270
368 bottles
Van Wees, Amersfoort

CLYNELISH   15 years old 43%            
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Bottled 10.95
Distilled 29.1.80
Cask No. 764
390 bottles
Van Wees, Amersfoort

CLYNELISH   14 years old 53,8%            
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 17.2.83
Bottled 3.7.97
Cask No. 728
Van Wees, Amersfoort

CLYNELISH  23 years old 57.0%                  
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Distilled 1972
Natural Cask Strenght
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Ainslie & Heilbron, Glasgow

CLYNELISH  24 years old 61,3%                 
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Distilled 1972
Bottled September 1997
Natural Cask Strenght
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Ainslie & Heilbron, Glasgow

CLYNELISH  23 years old 59,1 %                 
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Distilled 1974
Bottled May 1998
Natural Cask Strenght
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Ainslie & Heilbron, Glasgow

CLYNELISH  15 years old 57,7%           
FLORA & FAUNA
CaskStrenght 57,7 %
Bottled 1997
Limited Bottling
Genummerde flessen
Clynelish Distillery, Brora, Sutherland

CLYNELISH   over 11 years old 43 %          
THE McGIBBON's PROVENANCE
SUMMER DISTILLATION
Distilled Summer 1989
Bottled Autumn 2000
No Colouring
Not Chill Filtered
Douglas McGibbon & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

CLYNELISH   11 years old 43%            
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
VINTAGE 1989
Distilled 17th May 1989
Bottled 10th January 2001
Matured in a South African Sherry butt
Natural Colour
835 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

CLYNELISH   9 years old 43 %              
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 5/11/92
Bottled 15/8/2002
Cask no. 14779
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L

CLYNELISH  9 years old 56,4 %           INFO
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Distilled Jan 90
Bottled May 99
Society Cask No. code 26.12
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Tantalissingly familiar'

CLYNELISH   9 years old 46%             INFO
THE UN-CHILLFILTERED
COLLECTION
HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT
Distilled on: 5 th November 1992
Bottled on: 7 th June 2002
Cask No. 14776
Genummerde flessen
411 Bottles
No Chillfiltration
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

CLYNELISH   14 years old 46 %            INFO
COASTAL HIGHLAND
SCOTCH WHISKY
Clynelish Distillery Brora, Sutherland

CLYNELISH   20 years old 57,2%           INFO       
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled May 83
Date Bottled Nov 03
Society Cask code 26.31
Outturn 258 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Madeira cake and Barbour jackets'.

CLYNELISH    14 years old 43 %             
1990
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 28/11/90
Bottled 3/3/05
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask no. 12736
Numbered Bottles
The Ultimate Whisky Company,  N.L.


CLYNELISH    15 years old 46 %             
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT  
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Single Highland Malt
Distilled  28/11/90
Matured  in a Bourbon barrel
Bottled 01/02/06
Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
The Ultimate Whisky Company,   N.L.

CLYNELISH    12  years  old  59,9 %         INFO
Distilled 1992
Cask No 15100
Bottled 2005
272 Bottles
Adelphi Distillery Limited
Purveyors of rare malt whiskies
aged in wood and bottled
direct from the cask
Glenborrodale Castle,
Abnamurchan, Argyll

CLYNELISH    15 years old 46 %                 
THE DISTILLERS EDITION
Coastal Highland Single Malt
Scotch Whisky
DOUBLE MATURED
OLOROSO SECO CASK WOOD
Distilled 1991
Bottled in 2006
Special Release
Limited Edition
Clynelish Distillery,
Brora, Sutherland

CLYNELISH    22 years old 54,4 %           INFO
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled May 1983
Date Bottled Jul 05
Society Cask code 26.43
Outturn 247 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Fiery and sweet'

CLYNELISH 12 years old     46 %
COASTAL  HIGHLAND  
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
BOTTLED  EXCLUSIVELY  FOR  THE
FRIENDS  OF  THE  CLASSIC  MALTS
2 0 0 9
Matured in European Oak Casks
Non  Chill Filtered
Clynelish Distillery, Brora, Sutherland

CLYNELISH
VINTAGE  1 9 9 1
22 years old  46 %                                        
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 30/10/91
Matured in a Hogshead
Cask no: 13216
Bottled: 06/11/13
312 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chillfiltered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company. NL

CLYNELISH INFO
Aged 29 years 58 %                                    
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Society Single Cask: Code 26.106
Distilled 28th November1984
Cask Type: Refill Butt ex Sherry
Outturn: One of Only 586 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Say it with flowers"



CLYNELISH
VINTAGE 2 0 0 8
6 years old 46 %                                   
THE  ULTIMATE  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 01/03/08
Matured in a Bourbon Barrel
Cask No: 800011
Bottled: 17/10/14
275 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected by The Ultimate Whisky Company.NL

Highland Malt
The Northern Highlands
CLYNELISH   zie ook BRORA


Brora, Sutherland. Licentiehouder: Ainslie & Heilbron (Distillers) Limited. Onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.). De malt divisie van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
Gebouwd in 1967 - 1968.
Clynelish bezit 6 ketels met een jaarproduktie van 3,2 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Het proceswater en koelwater is afkomstig van één bron: de Clynemilton Burn.
Op 12 Mei 1997 werd de fusie aangekondigd tussen Guinness en Grand Metropolitan, (GrandMet). Op 16 Oktober 1997 staakt de Fransman Bernard Arnault van L M V H zijn verzet tegen de fusie voor een afkoopsom van ƒ 800.000.000. De nieuwe naam van de gefuseerden zou eerst G M G Brands worden, maar op 22 Oktober 1997 werd bekend gemaakt dat de naam Diageo zou worden, afgeleid van het Latijnse woord voor dag en het Griekse woord voor wereld.
Diageo wordt het grootste drankenconcern ter wereld, groter dan Seagram en Allied Domecq samen en met een omzet van 40 miljard gulden.
Op 28 Maart 1998 verkoopt Diageo het whiskymerk Dewar's en het ginmerk Bombay voor één miljard aan Bacardi Martini. Het afstoten van de twee merken was een voorwaarde die door de Amerikaanse mededingingautoriteiten was gesteld aan de goedkeuring van de fusie tussen Guinness en Grand Metropolitan.
Dewar's heeft een omzet van ruim één miljard gulden en een marktaandeel van 10 %. Het merk is marktleider in de V.S.
Diageo is de overkoepelende naam voor United Distillers & Vintners (U.D.V.) Pilsbury, Guinness en Burger King.
Onderdeel van de verkoop houdt ook in de overname van de distilleerderijen Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie en Royal Brackla door Bacardi Martini.

Maart 2002 wordt bekend dat Diageo ook zijn merk Malibu verkoopt aan Allied Domecq voor 6 900 miljoen, Diageo had 1,2 miljard Euro gevraagd.
Diageo krijgt nog wel 6 85 miljoen schadevergoeding van Vivendi Universal, voor de perikelen rond het merk Captain Morgan.
Ook verkrijgt Allied Domecq de Amerikaanse Champagnepoot Mumm Cuvee Napa voor bijna 6 32 miljoen.
De omzet van Malibu is 6 70 miljoen, die van Mumm Cuvee Napa 6 4,8 miljoen. De Franse poot van Mumm was al in handen van Allied Domecq.
Het water voor Clynelish komt van de Clynemilton Burn.
De Mash tun is 12 ton.
Er staan acht Wash backs van elk 60.000 liter.
De drie Wash stills hebben elk een inhoud van 27000 liter, de drie Spirit stills elk 15.000 liter en worden met stoom verhit.
2005 Kapaciteit: 3.400.000 liter spirit per jaar.

CLYNELISH   
Clynelish and Brora Distilleries
Brora, Sutherland
Clynelish Distillery was established in 1819 by the Marquess of Stafford who had married the heiress of the vast Sutherland estates and took that name later when he was made a duke. He had conceived a scheme of economic improvement that entailed moving the inhabitants from the interior to the seaboard where land was allotted to them. The distillery fitted into a plan for regenerating arable farms on the coastal strip.
Its origin was described by James Loch, the Marquess's Lands Commissioner, in 1820: "The first farm beyond the people's lot (at Brora) is Clynelish which has recently been let to Mr. Harper from the county of Midlothian. Upon this farm also there has just been erected a distillery at an expense of £750. This was done ... to afford the smaller tenants upon the estate a steady and ready market for their grain without their being obliged to dispose of it to the illegal distiller". It was hoped that the existence of the distillery would put an end to illicit distilling, a practice that, in Loch's words, had nursed the people "in every species of deceit, vice, idleness and dissipation".
Loch's account is illustrated by an architect's elevation and plan of the buildings. These ex-emplify a very early purpose-built distillery. Other distilleries of this date, and much later, were typically outbuildings of farmsteads, fitted up for distilling, or occasionally, as at Oban, converted breweries. Even so, the distillery and farm at Clynelish were integrated in one operation. A piggery is marked on the architect's plan. Spent grains left over from the manufacturing processes fed the pigs, and they in turn fertilised the "larger proportion of unimproved land" added to the farm "in consequence of the command of manure which the distillery will afford the tenant". Part of Brora Muir was reclaimed for farming by this means, and coal from the mine at Brora was used in the distillery's furnaces.
James Harper started up with one wash still and one spirit still, with respective capacities of 200 and 87 gallons. He produced 10,015 gallons, on which he paid duty of £2,774, in 1821-22. The next lessee was Andrew Ross in 1834, followed by George Law-son in 1846. Lawson, the brother of the local bank agent, was well placed to obtain capital. He made substantial improvements and extensions, notably by the erection of a new malt kiln and the replacement of the original stills. The Lawsons seem to have been efficient farmers: two Highland oxen from Clynelish won the first prize in their class, and sheep gained other awards, at the Smithfield Show in 1894.
George Lawson & Sons sold the business to Ainslie & Co., Scotch whisky blenders, of Leith, in 1896. Harper's Weekly, a trade journal, then described it as "a singularly valuable property, as the make has always obtained the highest price of any single Scotch whisky. It is sent out, duty-paid, to private customers all over the kingdom; and it also commands a very valuable export trade: the demand for it in that way is so great that the proprietors ... have for many years been obliged to refuse trade orders".
The new owners enlarged productive capacity and warehouse accommodation to meet the demand from wholesalers as well as from private customers. Rebuilding was completed in

CLYNELISH   
1897. A stone bearing the coats of arms of the Marquess of Stafford and the Countess of Sutherland, and the date "1820", has been preserved on the gable wall of the stillhouse, just under the bell-cote.
Ainslie's business was put in the hands of a trustee in 1912. John Risk, who already held a 50% interest in Clynelish, bought
the other 50% and offered it to The Distillers Company Limited. The Clynelish Distillery Co. Ltd. was formed, with a capital of £0, owned in equal proportions by Risk and DCL. With the acquisition in 1916 of Coleburn Distillery, Speyside, the capital was increased to £0, one third of which was owned by John Walker & Sons of Kilmarnock. DCL acquired all the shares in 1925 and five years later transferred Clynelish to its subsidiary, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd.
It was reckoned in 1928 that manual labour had been reduced to a minimum. The Pelton water wheel, which had originally supplied all the motive power, had been supple-mented in 1897 by a horizontal steam engine, made by Shanks of Arbroath. A system of screw and band conveyors moved raw materials throughout the buildings, and a power house was being built to generate electric light.
Clynelish closed in March 1931 as a result of the economic depression. It restarted in Sep-tember 1938, only to shut down from May 1941 until November 1945, on account of wartime restrictions on the supply of barley to distillers.
Technological change came in the post-war years. The water wheel and the steam engine were displaced by electric power in the 1960's. The two stills, which were heated by a coal-burning furnace, hand-fired, were converted to internal heating by steam in 1961. The dis-tillery took half of its coal supply from Ross Pit, Brora, and half from the Lowlands. The last delivery of coal was made on 4 November 1966. The boiler was then converted for burning oil.
A new distillery was built on an adjacent site in 1967-68. It had six stills, all heated by steam from an oil-fired boiler. The new distillery was given the name "Clynelish". The old distillery was closed for a time, and then reopened, after the rebuilding of the mash house, as "Brora Distillery" in April 1975. It is the subject of the drawing at the head of this leaflet.
Both distilleries use the same water supply, piped from a weir on the Clynemilton Burn on the shoulder of Colbhein. They occupy a site of approximately 5 acres (2 hectares). SMD pro-vides seven houses for distillery employees. It also owns Clynelish Farm, which covers 320 acres (130 hectares) and is let to tenants.
The distiller's licence is held by Ainslie & Heilbron (Distillers) Ltd., of Glasgow, blenders of Royal Edinburgh Scotch whisky. They also bottle and sell Clynelish single malt whisky.

October 2005
Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last.
The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.
Dr. Nicholas Morgan, global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity'.
In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Re-leases series

CLYNELISH  DISTILLERY

Water: Clynemilton Burn
Mash tun: 1 x 12 tonnes
Wasbacks:  8 x 60.000 litres
3 wash stills x 15000 litres
3 spirit stills x 27.000 litres
Output: 3.000.000 ltres

Diageo to invest £30m in Clynelish
16 January, 2014

Diageo has announced plans for a £30 million expansion of its Clynelish distillery in Sutherland.
In the latest major stage in Diageo's £1 billion programme to increase Scotch whisky production, plans have been submitted to Highland Council for the major expansion of Diageo's most northerly distillery.
The Clynelish expansion will take the on-going capital investment by Diageo in the Highland Council region alone to almost £150m, including major expansions at Glen Ord and Teaninich Distilleries and plans to build a new distillery at Alness.
Diageo's director of distillation and maturation, Keith Miller said: "Clynelish is a very special distillery, producing spirit which is highly prized for its quality and character and is an important part of our Scotch whisky blending inventory, so this is an important part of our investment programme.
The Clynelish announcement came as six copper stills were delivered to the Glen Ord Distillery as part of the £25 million expansion plan which is doubling the size of that distillery to more than 10million litres per annum.
Diageo is also doubling the capacity at the Teaninich distillery in Alness and is progressing plans to build a new malt whisky distillery and renewable energy plant on land adjacent to Teaninich. In total these projects represent a capital investment of nearly £150million across the Highland Council area.
Clynelish Distillery produces single malt whisky, it describes as "unique in both taste and texture" which is highly prized by Diageo's master blenders for use in brands such as Johnnie Walker. Clynelish is also a highly regarded as a single malt whisky in its own right. The distillery is also home to one of Diageo's 12 distillery visitor centres, receiving more than 5,000 visitors per year. Clynelish is near the Sutherland town of Brora.
Under the plans submitted Clynelish distillery will see the installation of an additional mash tun, 10 new washbacks and six new copper stills for distilling the spirit. This adds to the 10 washbacks and six stills which the distillery currently has and will effectively double the production capacity to 9m litres of alcohol per annum, while retaining the character and quality of the spirit. A bio-energy plant is also planned for the site to provide non-fossil fuel energy to power the distillery.
The world's leading premium drinks business, is also investing in new warehousing to store the additional spirit, with a major new bonded warehouse site being developed at Cluny in Fife.


Clear worts and long ferments start the process, while distillation involves maximising copper conversation – unusually, but not uniquely, Clynelish’s spirit stills are larger than its wash stills.

This regime would help to produce a fruity spirit were it not for what happens in the feints receiver. In any distillery there is a natural precipitation of oils in this tank which would normally be removed during the distillery’s annual silent season when the plant is fully cleaned.

When this happened at Clynelish, the waxy character disappeared. Realising that the gunk had specific qualities, these days it is removed during silent season and then replaced. The mature character retains waxiness as a mouth-coating texture allied to citric notes and, occasionally, a little mineral/ozone hint. Tastings of single malts (and blends) from the 1950s and 60s suggests that waxy was a significantly more prevalent style industry-wide in those days.

When low-peated or unpeated, Brora shares this thick, waxy, oilskin-like character along with scented grass, fruits and pepper. When heavily smoked, the peat comes across as maritime.


Clynelish’s ultimate success – indeed cult status – is one which came out of human tragedy. This is one of a number of ‘Clearance’ distilleries [Talisker is another example] which appeared in the earlier part of the 19th century. This was a period when some landowners, seeing the profits which could be made from sheep farming, forcibly moved their tenant farmers from their ancestral lands. Caithness and Sutherland were the scenes of the most brutal of these clearances, the perpetrators The Duke (and especially Duchess) of Sutherland and their estate managers.

Some of the farmers were shipped abroad, others went to the Central Belt, those who remained were in this case moved to new settlements where they were put to work for their laird’s new business enterprises.

The Duke of Sutherland established a number of businesses in the town of Brora: a coal mine, brick and tile works, weaving, salt panning and a distillery which he called Clynelish. All were staffed by former farmers who were paid in coin which could only be redeemed at the company’s shops – whose profits went to the Duke.

The distillery was not a success in its early years. It only began to build a reputation in 1896 when blenders Ainslie & Heilbron bought it in partnership with John Risk, who was to become the outright owner in 1912. By the end of the century it had become the most highly-priced single malt

Risk worked in close co-operation with DCL and the blending firm of John Walker & Sons and when the latter was folded into DCL in 1925, Clynelish came too. It closed in the 1930s but produced small amounts during WWII.

In common with a huge number of DCL distilleries, a new plant with six stills was built alongside the original distillery in 1968 (until then Clynelish had only a single pair of stills). The old plant was, briefly, put into mothballs for a year. It then ran alongside as ‘Clynelish B’. It was renamed Brora in 1969, when it began producing a heavily-peated spirit for blending purposes. This was the result of, initially, Islay suffering from a drought and then Caol Ila being rebuilt. Brora’s heavily peated years continued until 1973, after which the smoke was cut back (sometimes totally). It finally closed forever in 1983. These days, like many lost distilleries, it has become a cult malt.

Clynelish itself has long played an important role within the house of John Walker & Sons with a 14-year-old, originally launched as part of Diageo’s ‘Hidden Malts’ portfolio, and an oloroso-finished Distiller’s Edition as the range.

In 2014, Diageo announced a £30m expansion of Clynelish, but the plan has since been postponed.

TIMELINE

1819
Clynelish founded by the first Duke of Sutherland
1827
Its first licensed distiller, James Harper, goes bankrupt. John Matheson assumes control
1846
The distillery is sold to George Lawson & Sons
1896
James Ainslie & Heilbron acquire Clynelish
1912
DCL takes over the distillery with James Risk
1931
Clynelish is mothballed
1960
Production resumes
1967
A second distillery, also named Clynelish, is built next door. A year later, the original distillery is mothballed
1969
The original distillery is reopened as Brora
1983
Brora is closed
2002
Clynelish 14 Year Old is launched
2014
Diageo announce a £30m investment in the expansion of Clynelish
CLYNELISH FACTS

CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
Minimum 55hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
12.5
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
67-68%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
19,000
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Neck ball
STILLS i
6
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
17,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Neck ball
WASHBACK TYPE i
8 wood, 2 steel
WASHBACKS i
10
WATER SOURCE i
Clynemilton Byrne
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Pressed
OWNERS

Diageo logo
CURRENT OWNER

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1925 - 1986
John Risk
1896 - 1925
Ainslie & Heilbron Distillers
1896 - 1912 (jointly with John Risk)
George Lawson
1846 - 1896
Andrew Ross
1834 - 1846
James Harper
1828 - 1834
John Matheson
1827 - 1828
James Harper
1825 - 1827
Marquis of Stafford
1819 - 1825


AINSLIE & HEILBRON DISTILLERS

For a few years Ainslie & Heilbron owned and operated the original Clynelish distillery (also known as Brora). However, to stave off bankruptcy after the Pattison Crash, it sold the distillery to concentrate on whisky blending. A number of mergers soon followed until it joined DCL in 1925.


This company can trace its origins back to 1868 when James Ainslie & Co. was founded as a wine and spirit merchant in Leith, Edinburgh. The company proved to be very successful and, at the height of the whisky boom, purchased the Clynelish distillery in 1896 and completely re-built it within two years.

However, James Ainslie & Co. suffered along with the rest of the Scotch whisky industry after the Pattison crash of 1898, and in 1912 only survived bankruptcy by selling Clynelish to James Risk (the former owner of Bankier distillery in the Scottish Lowlands) and DCL, who took a half share each. The next year the company merged with fellow blenders Walter Baillie & Sons, Robertson Brothers and John Gillon & Co. to form Ainslie, Baillie & Co. of Leith.

This company traded until 1921 when, upon the retirement of Robert Ainslie, son of founder James, the company was liquidated and taken over by Sir James Calder, the chairman of blender Alexander & Macdonald. Calder merged the company with another old blending company, David Heilbron Ltd., and distilling company Colville Greenlees & Co, owner of the Argyll distillery in Campbeltown, to form Ainslie & Heilbron (Distillers) Ltd.

By 1925 Ainslie & Heilbron had become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calder’s expanded MacDonald, Greenlees & Williams Ltd. of Leith. That same year he sold MacDonald, Greenlees & Williams to DCL, along with his own distillery Dalwhinnie, bringing Ainslie & Heilbron under the control of the distilling giant.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS

Ainslie's
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
King's Legend
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Real McTavish
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES

Diageo (Current owner)
Arthur Bell & Sons
Bulloch Lade & Company
Distillers Company Limited
Grand Metropolitan
Guinness UDV
James Buchanan & Company
John Haig & Company
John Walker & Sons
Justerini & Brooks
Lothian Distillers Company
Mackie & Co
Macleay Duff Distillers
Peter Dawson
RH Thomson & Company Distillers
W&A Gilbey
White Horse Distillers
William Sanderson & Son
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