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17 years old

Distilled 1972
Bottled 1989
J. & G. Stewart Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin


10 years old

65,5 %                 
Date distilled Oct 81
Date bottled Mar 92
Society Cask No. code 56.3
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh


24 years old

40 %                 
Distilled 1972
Bottled 1996
Proprietors: J. & G. Stewart Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin


14 years old

43 %                 
Distilled 30.4.83
Bottled 8.97
Cask Nos. 795 & 796
540 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh


16 years old

Distilled 20.4.83
Bottled 31.1.00
Cask No. 798
248 bottles
J. & G. Stewart Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh


29 years old

50 %                
Single Cask Bottling
Distilled January 1970
Bottled January 1999
213 bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow


21 years old

59.40% INF0  
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1979
Bottled October 2000
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
United Malt & Grain Distillers Ltd, Glasgow


19 years old

Closed Distillery
Distilled on: 22nd October 1981
Matured in a Sherry Butt
Cask No. 1341
Bottled 17th May 2001
785 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh


30 years old

Distilled 1972
Bottled 2002
Proprietors: J. & G. Stewart Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin


Aged  36 years

62,4 % INFO
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on: 13/01/1970
Bottled on:   14/03/2006
Matured  in a Wine Treated Puncheon
Cask No:  00/1142
233 Numered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky


1 9 8 1         INFO                                           
27 years old

43 %
Distillation Date: 1981
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottling Date: 2008
Proprietors: J & G Stewart Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

Estd. 1896
41  years old  

46 %                                        
A  Special Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled: 1972
Lot No: R O / 13 / 06
Only 214 Bottles  
Bottled 2013
Natural Colour
Non Chill Filtered
Selected, matured and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

Highland Malt
COLEBURN (1896 - 1985)
Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire. Licentiehouder: J. & G. Stewart Ltd, Edinburgh. Onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.). De malt divisie van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
In 1985 gesloten.
Gebouwd in 1896 in opdracht van John Robertson & Sons Ltd, whiskyblenders te Dundee op land dat deel uitmaakt van het landgoed Coleburn.
Architekt was Charles Chree Doig (1855 - 1918).
Reden voor vestiging hier was de aanwezigheid van voldoende water van heel goede kwa-liteit en de Glen Burn voor waterkracht en koelwater en ook de Great North of Scotland Railway lag vlakbij.
John Grant was de eerste manager en zou dit dertig jaar blijven.
Coleburn werd in 1916 overgenomen door Clynelish Distillery Co, Ltd, waarin, The Distillers Company Ltd, John Walker & Sons Ltd en John Risk, de vroegere eigenaar van Clynelish elk voor een derde deel eigenaar waren.
Na het samengaan van D.C.L. met de 'Big Three', James Buchanan & Co, Ltd, (Black & White), John Dewar & Sons Ltd, (White Label) en John Walker & Sons Ltd in 1925, bekend als de 'Big Amalgamation', ging het eigendom van Coleburn over in handen van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, in 1930.
Coleburn werd aangesloten op het electriciteitsnet op 25 April 1950
De spoorweglijn werd opgeheven in 1966
Coleburn heeft twee met stoom verhitte ketels.
Tot aan de sluiting in 1985 was J. & G. Stewart Ltd, Edinburgh de licentiehouders.


The distillery was built in 1896 by John Robertson & Sons Ltd., whisky blenders, of Dundee, on part of the Coleburn estate, about six miles south of Elgin. The site, a strip of level ground in the Glen of Rothes, had access to a spring of water well suited to the production of whisky, and the Glen Burn provided an abundant supply for power and cooling. A branch of the Great North of Scotland Railway ran nearby. The railway company, which had a particular interest in developing distillery traffic, built a goods station, with ample accommodation for sidings, to serve Coleburn.
Plans for provisional approval were submitted by the architect in November 1895. Charles Doig, an experienced distillery engineer, had no difficulty in gaining approval for the plant. The first problem turned out to be the provision of suitable lavatory accommodation for the excise office. This took eighteen months to resolve. There were also objections to the site of the excise officer's house, because it was below the level of the public road, encumbered with boulders and isolated by woodland. These objections were met by the distiller undertaking to drain the ground, remove the boulders, clear the woodland and build cottages for employees a short distance away. Faults were then found with the plans for the house itself, followed by prolonged delay in its completion. The Collector of Inland Revenue allowed the distiller to begin working in January 1897 on the understanding that the house was almost ready. In the meantime, he reported, the excise officer had to lodge with the distillery manager, "there being no other lodgings available in that wild neighbourhood". As the manager was "a very respectable man", the Collector did not "apprehend that any harm will result from the circumstances." And, "when the little matters in the house are finished", he wrote four months later, "I think that the officer will be remarkably well fixed in many ways, but he seems to be a trifle hard to please".
Coleburn was built in warm-coloured Morayshire sandstone, and roofed with blue Welsh slates. The owners described its appearance as plain, business-like and yet picturesque. "Faced on one side by a....plantation of Scotch firs and birches, and swept by the cool mountain breezes of Brown Muir", it was located "in a snug corner shut off from the surrounding country... complete in itself, compact and clean with a cleanliness that can only be attained in Highland air."
The Moray & Nairn Express published a description in April, observing prophetically: "if de-pression awaits distilling in the future, there can be no doubt that distilleries provided with such exceptional railway facilities as Coleburn will possess a great advantage over others.

While most distilleries have the expense of cartage to face, some of them over many miles, here at Coleburn the waggons are situated close to the distillery buildings, and loaded or unloaded with very little delay or trouble. The economy of this arrangement is obvious. Apart from this, the buildings at Coleburn seem to be constructed with an eye to the saving of labour." The main source of power was a compound steam engine of 30 h.p. A water wheel, located underground, could be used as an alternative. John Grant, "a man of large practical knowledge and proficiency", was the manager. He remained in charge for at least thirty years.
Coleburn was acquired in 1916 by the Clynelish Distillery Co. Ltd. This company was owned in three equal shares by The Dis
tillers Company Limited, of Edinburgh, John Walker & Sons Ltd., of Kilmarnock, and John Risk, the former owner of Clynelish. After The Distillers Company amalgamated with Walker's and other major whisky blending companies, the ownership of Cole-burn was transferred to a subsidiary, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd., in 1930.
Two steam engines were working at Coleburn in 1947. The main engine, one of 30 h.p., built by McFarlane & Machan, was the source of power for the malt mill and the stirring gear in the mash tun. An auxiliary Marshall engine drove the machinery in the malt barns, the wash-back switchers and the pumps in the stillhouse. The original water wheel was no longer there, but a small one, fed by the overflow from the worm tubs, drove the rummager in the wash still. Electric light was generated by a Maudsley Rota dynamo, driven by a Ruston & Hornsby crude oil engine of 10 h.p. There was also a standby engine of 7 h.p. by the same maker. All of these engines became redundant when the distillery was connected with the electric grid on 25 April 1950.
The stable and cart-shed were converted into a cottage in 1947-48. The two horses had already gone. "As hard-worked as a distillery horse" was a sardonic local saying, because farm horses worked all the hours of daylight, distillery horses only when there was work for them. At Colebum, the railway delivered barley, empty casks and coal right into the buildings until the line closed in 1966.
The original plant seems to have lasted for a long time: the spirit still until 1950, the feints receiver and the wash still until 1955, and the mash tun until 1959. The two stills were externally heated by coal-burning furnaces, fired by hand, until 1962, when they were converted to internal heating by steam from a coal-fired boiler. Condensers then replaced the worm tubs, and the small water wheel went out of service. The boiler was converted to oil-burning in 1971, when the wash still was again replaced. The mash house was rebuilt, and the mash tun was replaced, in 1976.

Most of the buildings retain their original appearance. The makings, disused since 1968, has two kilns, one with the usual "pagoda" roof, the other, unusually, with a flat top. The second kiln was used for drying barley at a controlled temperature: the process was slow and gave good results.
There are now ten houses for occupation by employees upon the site, which covers about 6 acres (2.4 hectares). Coleburn Farm, also owned by the company, covers 520 acres (210 hectares) and is let to tenants. The main products are beef and grain.
Colebum, although close to a main road, is still a secluded spot. Red squirrels, rabbits and roe deer can be seen at times from the window of the office; pheasants feed on the field beyond, and woodcock in the plantations.
The licensed distillers are J. & G. Stewart Ltd., Edinburgh, blenders of Jamie Stuart, Usher's Green Stripe, Usher's OVS, Usher's De Luxe and Stewart's Finest Old Scotch whiskies.

1897      Built by John Robertson & Son, whisky blenders, Dundee
            Architect is Charles Doig                                                                                                                                                                                                

1913     Coleburn closes

1916   Coleburn is bought by Clynelish Distillery Company, jointly
Owned by Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.) John Risk and
John Walker
Coleburn reopens

1917   J. & G. Stewart Ltd, Edinburgh a subsidiary of Distillers Company
             Limited, (D.C.L.) is licensee

1930   D.C.L. buys Clynelish Distillery Company and are now the owners
of Coleburn
           Operations are transferred to the Scottish Malt Distillers (S.M.D.)

1985   The distillery is mothballed

1992   The distillery lacks a license

1996   United Distillers Ltd, plans to build apartments in the distillery and
local authorities approve though no further developments take place
2000   Coleburn 21 years old and distilled in 1979 is launched as a Rare Malt

2004   The brothers Dale and Mark Winchester buy Coleburn from Diageo
The plans are to transform it into a activity centre with a hotel, restau-
rants, shops and concert venues

Founded                                     : 1897
Designed by                                : Charles Doig
Investor                                      : John Robertson & Son Ltd                                                      

Whiskyblender from Dundee
First Manager                             : John Grant
Cooling water                             : Glen Burn
Process water                             : a calcium rich spring nearby
Wash Still capacity                      : 18.185 litres
Spirit Still capacity                       : 14.548 litres
Condensers                                : shell and tube
Mashes                                      : 9 in a week
Warehouse capacity                    : 4500 casks
Output                                       : 1.000.000 litres a year
Closed                                       : 25 May 1913                                                                                           

Sold and in production again         : 1916
New owner                                : Clynelish Distillery Co, owned by                                                                                                                                       

John Walker & Sons Ltd, John Risk, D.C.L.
Transferred                                : 1930 to S.M.D. Ltd and
Licensed to                                
:  Mitchell Brothers Ltd and Later to J. & G. Stewart Ltd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Spirit Still replaced                       : 1950
Wash Still replaced                       : 1955
Mash tun replaced                        : 1959          
Direct coal firing changed into
indirect heating                            : 1962
Worm tubs replaced with
condensers                                  : 1962
Floor malting abandoned               : 1968
Was Still replaced                         :  1971
Mash tun replaced                         : 1976
Last spirit run                                                                                                                            

28 march 1985

Licence canceled                         : 1992

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