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CONVALMORE   20 years old 40 %                 
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1969
Bottled 1989
Proprietors: W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

CONVALMORE   16 years old 43 %                 
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 18/3/81
Bottled 10/7/97
Cask no: 89/604/107
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company N.L.

CONVALMORE   36 years old 40%              
GORDON & MACPHAIL
RARE OLD
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
A special single malt scotch whisky
Distilled 1960
Bottled 1996
Proprietors: W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

CONVALMORE   23 years old 60,8%                
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 14.10.76
Cask No. 4470
Bottled 1.2.00
Genummerde flessen
314 bottles
W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

CONVALMORE   17 years old 40 %                 
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1981
Bottled 1998
Proprietors: W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

CONVALMORE  15 years old 43 %                 
CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE
Distilled 1983
Ian MacLeod & Co, Ltd, Broxburn

CONVALMORE  16 years old 54 %          INFO      
VINTAGE 1984
DUN BHEAGAN
SINGLE MALT COLLECTION
Distilled 1984
Bottled 2000
William Maxwell & Co, Ltd

CONVALMORE  24 years old 59,4 %        INFO       
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1978
Bottled April 2003
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Convalmore Distillery, Dufftown,
Banffshire

CONVALMORE    28 years old 57,9 %         INFO       
SPECIAL RELEASES 2005
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1977
Bottled 2005
Very Limited Release
Limited Edition
From European Oak Refill Casks
Numbered Bottles
3900 Bottles
Convalmore Distillery,
Dufftown, Banffshire
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

CONVALMORE                 24 years old 43 %                          
SPEYSIDE  
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  
WHISKY
CONNOISSEURS  CHOICE
Distillation Date: September 1984
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogsheads
Bottling Date: July 2008
Proprietors: W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

CONVALMORE        1 9 7 5       INFO                                                 
33 years old  43 %
GORDON  &  MACPHAIL  
RARE  OLD  SINGLE  MALT
SCOTCH  WHISKY
SPEYSIDE  SINGLE  MALT  
SCOTCH  WHISKY
Distilled: 1975
Matured in a Refill Sherry Hogshead
Bottled 2008
Proprietors: W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

Highland Malt
Speyside
CONVALMORE (1893 - 1985)


Dufftown, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: J.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd. Onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.). De malt divisie van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
Gesloten in 1985
Sinds 1990 het eigendom van William Grant & Sons Ltd.
The Convalmore - Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd werd gevormd op 24 Juni 1893 met een kapitaal van £ 12.000.
Aandeelhouders waren wijn- en drankenhandelaars te Glasgow. Directeur werd Peter Dawson een bekend whiskyhandelaar te Dufftown.
Architekt was Donald Mackay.
De distilleerderij ging in produktie in Februari 1894.
In 1896 werd het aandelenkapitaal verhoogd tot £ 40 en in 1904 werd The Convalmore - Glenlivet Distillery Co, Ltd geliquideert vanwege de enorme neergang die de whiskyindustrie toen doormaakte.
W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd, te Glasgow, een grote voorraadhouder, handelaar, makelaar in whisky nam de distilleerderij en de whisky over.
Eén afnemer van Lowrie was James Buchanan die al zijn whisky van hem betrok.
In 1906 kwam ook Lowrie in moeilijkheden en werd geholpen door Buchanan die voor 5/8 aandeelhouder werd van W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd.
Eerder had Lowrie Buchanan geholpen om zelfstandig te worden en zijn Black & White blended whisky uit te brengen.
In de nacht van 29 October 1909 werd de distilleerderij door brand verwoest. In 1910 was Convalmore weer herbouwd.
In 1930 kwam Convalmore onder de hoede van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, na de fusie van Buchanan en anderen met The Distillers Company Ltd.
In 1949 werd Convalmore aangesloten op het electriciteits net.
Gedurende een korte periode rond 1910 heeft Convalmore ook nog een patent still binnen zijn muren gehad.
In 1972 werd er een afdeling bijgebouwd die diende om veevoer van reststoffen van het distillatieproces te produceren afkomstig van Convalomre, Craigellachie, Glendullan en Mortlach.
Het proceswater kwam van de Conval Hills, het koelwater van de rivier Fiddich. William Grant & Sons Ltd, gebruikt de distilleerderij als lagerpakhuis. Convalmore had vier ketels.

Convalmore Distillery
Dufftown, Banffshire
The Convalmore-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd. was a Glasgow-based company, formed on 24 June 1893. It had a capital of £0, divided into ordinary shares of £10 each, all of which were taken up by wine and spirit merchants, or brokers, mainly in the Glasgow area. By this means, a trade weekly asserted in November, "a ready market for the make is at once assured". The paper added that the project had been minutely supervised by the company's managing director, Peter Dawson, a wholesale whisky merchant in Glasgow, and a Dufftown man "whose long experience and knowledge of distilleries and their requirements is sufficient to ensure a work perfect in every detail".
Production began in February 1894, when the Elgin Courant published a description of the new distillery, designed by a Dufftown architect, Donald Mackay. "Its situation (close to the railway station and within a mile of the town of Dufftown) is most convenient and central and will save considerable time and money in cartage", the paper stated. "The natural contour of the ground has been largely taken advantage of, and during the whole process of manufacture only one pump is used ... gravitation doing all the rest". A "powerful steam engine" drove the malt mill and the mashing machine, and a small water-wheel, fed by the overflow from the worm tank, was used to work the rummager in the wash still.
The company was reconstructed in 1896 with a capital increased fourfold to £40. Eight years later, midway in a period of recession in the trade, it went into voluntary liquidation to enable its sale to W. P. Lowrie & Co. Ltd., of Glasgow. Lowrie operated as a stockholder, blender and bottler for wholesale merchants of Scotch whisky who had no premises of their own for production. One of these, James Buchanan, drew all his supplies of whisky from Lowrie. Their close relationship had been of mutual benefit, because Buchanan's had become one of the "Big Three" whisky houses. By 1906, however, the collapse in the market for mature whiskies had brought Lowrie into financial difficulty. His readiness to retire coincided with Buchanan's need to avert the collapse of his sole supplier. The Lowrie company was reconstructed with five-eighths of the capital held by Buchanan and the capacity of its blending and bottling warehouses in Glasgow was expanded to meet the growing sales of Buchanan's Black & White Scotch Whisky.
On the night of 29 October 1909 a fire broke out at Conval-more. First observed at midnight in the vicinity of the tunroom, it quickly spread to the malt barns, and it was evident (the Dufftown News reported) that these buildings could not be saved. Local residents helped to work the distillery's fire-fighting apparatus, but the heat seems to have prevented the connection of the hoses. The workers had to fall back on carrying buckets of water "which required very much energy and was attended with not a little personal danger...

By great efforts and considerable risk of life the fire was kept from spreading to the stillhouse and store adjoining the tunroom. For some time the fire raged with extraordinary ferocity, and fears for the safety of the whole building were entertained. While it was at its height the flames rose to between 30 and 40 feet high, and the scene in the valley was a remarkable and never-to-be forgotten one by those who witnessed it. To add to the other discomforts, snow commenced to fall, and the effect of the burning building on the white landscape provided a striking picture".
The malt barn, the kiln, the malt mill, the mash house and the tunroom were destroyed, with damage estimated to cost between £0 and £0. They were rebuilt and re-equipped in 1910. The premises continued to be worked by W. P. Lowrie & Co. until 1930, when ownership was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd., a subsidiary of The Distillers Company Limited of Edinburgh, which by then had merged with James Buchanan and other major Scotch whisky blending companies.
Convalmore covers a site of approximately 7 acres (about 3 hectares). It accommodated a signals detachment of the 51st (Highland) Division from 1940 to 1942, and then gunners from the 52nd (Lowland) Division until 1944.The distillery was connected with the electric grid in approximately 1949. It had been equipped with its own source of electric light before the fire of 1909, and now had the option of electric power. At this time a large Tangye steam engine was used in the malt barns, the mill room and the mash house; a small one drove the tunroom switchers, the pumps in the stillhouse and the dynamo that generated electric light. The small engine was taken away for scrap in approximately 1967 and the large one in 1969.
The two pot stills were externally heated by coal-burning furnaces, fired by hand, until they were converted in 1962 to internal heating by steam from a coal-burning boiler. Two stills, and a second boiler were added, and the wash backs were increased from four to six, in 1964-65. The boilers were converted to oil-firing in 1970. A new mash house was built, and the cast iron mash tun replaced by one of stainless steel, in 1975. The worm tank, untypically, is made of cast iron.
A plant was built in 1972 for the production of dark grains, a high-protein animal feedingstuff, from the solid matter left over from the mashing and distillation processes at Convalmore, Craigellachie, Glendullan and Mortlach Distilleries.
Most employees live in the area of Dufftown, Drummuir, Craigellachie and Keith. A personnel carrier is available to transport them, if they wish, to and from work. Scottish Malt Distillers owns six houses for occupation by employees at the distillery.

Convalmore takes its name from the Conval Hills, the source of its process water, which is collected in a dam at the foot of the hills, less than a mile from the distillery. Cooling water is drawn from the River Fiddich.

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.


The Convalmore - Glenlivet Distillery Co established Convalmore Distillery in 1893.

Following a recession in the whisky industry in 1904, the distillery and its stock was
Purchased by W.P. Lowrie & Co, Ltd for the sum of 6.000 pound. Two years later,
Lowrie was purchased by James Buchanan & Co, Ltd.

With much of the distillery destroyed by fire in 1909. a substantial amount of the equip-
ment within the distillery had to be rebuilt.

Part of the rebuild involved the installation of a continuous still, with the capacity to distil
2,273 litres of wash per hour

During this time, the owners experimented  with continuous distillation, which was abandoned
in 1915.

The continuous still was removed in 1916, but pot still distillation continued.

In 1925 the distillery was aquired by the Distillers Company Ltd who completed the modernisation fo the distillery and another pair of stills were added to the original pair.

The distillery continued successfully for many years until 1985 when it was closed, due to
over - production in the Scotch Whisky Industry

In 1992 D.C.L. sold the distillery to W. Grant & Sons Ltd, who currently use it for warehousing
capacity'.

History:

     1893     Founded by the Convalmore - Glenlivet Distillery Company                                                                                                                   Architect is Donald Mackay from Dufftown
1894   Production starts
1905    Purchased from liquidator for 6000 Pound plus stock à 2s. 6d.
per proof gallon in March by W.P. Lowrie, whisky blenders,
Glasgow

1906    W.P. Lowrie runs into financial troubles and James Buchanan,
                                                                                                                   a major customer and friend to W.P. Lowrie, takes over                                                                                                                           Lowrie                                                                                                  including Convalmore

1909   A fire in October destroyes Convalmore

1910   Convalmore is back in operation
Experimental distilling of malt whisky in continuous stills, take place

1916   The continuous still experiments are abandoned

1925   Coleburn is bought by the Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.) from
James Buchanan & Co
     
1930   D.C.L. transferres Coleburn to Scottish Malt Distillers. (S.M.D.)

1962   Direct heating of the stills from coal fire is abandoned for indirect
heating by steam

1963   The number of stills is increased from two to four

1985   Convalmore is mothballed

1990   United Distillers Ltd sells te buildings to William Grant & Sons who
uses them for storing their own malts Glenfiddich and Balvenie

2003   Diageo lauches a 24 year old Convalmore from 1978 as a Rare Malt
 2005    A 28 year old Convalmore is launched as a Special Release from Diageo

                                                                                                                   Convalmore was established in 1893 and was the fourth distillery to be established
                                                                                                          in Dufftown. The distillery was extensively damaged by fire in 1909. When it was
                                                                                                                         rebuilt it briefly experimented with a continuous column still.

                                                                                                                                      Convalmore fell silent in 1985


                                                                                                                                Nose: Light estery notes, with hints of vanilla and soft fruits                                                                                       Palate: Spicy - pepper, sweet and mouth waterngi                                                                                                                                      Body: Light to medium                                                                                               Finish: Well balanced                  

                                                                                                                                                  Speyside whiskies are known as the Premier Cru of Single Malt Scotch
                                                                                               They are elegant, fruity malts which usually have drying smokiness

CONVALMORE  DISTILLERY

1909    After a fire is was decided to build also a column still, with a capacity of 2300 litres
of wash per hour, but the malt whisky produced was of an unstable quality, The column
still was removed in 1915.

Convalmore was dormant during World War II

The production capacity was doubled in 1964 / 1965 from 2 to 4 stills and the stills were
converted into indirect heating.

Also at the same time 2 new Wash backs and a new boiler were added.

In 1972 a dark grain plant, also serving the neighbouring distilleries was build, two bonded
were build and in 1975 a new mash house was built and a stainless steel Wash tun was installed, replacing the cast iron Wash tun.  


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