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Glen Albyn

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GLEN ALBYN
21 years old
40 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY
Distilled 1968
Bottled 1989
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
23 years old
40 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1968
Bottled 1991
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
21 years old
40 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1972
Bottled 1993
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd'
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
25 years old
40 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1972
Bottled 1997
Proprietors: Mackinaly & Birnie Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
25 years old
40 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1973
Bottled 1998
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
26 years old
40 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1974
Bottled 2000
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
14 years old
43 %
VINTAGE 1980
Distilled 13.11.80
Bottled 2.95
Cask No. 2949
440 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLEN ALBYN
31 years old
51,5 %
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 16.12.65
Bottled 15.5.97
Butt No. 3835
530 bottles
Mackinlays & Birnie Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLEN ALBYN
20 years old
43 %
VINTAGE 1977
Distilled 12.8.77
Bottled 14.1.98
Cask No. 1958
280 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLEN ALBYN
23 years old
43 %
VINTAGE 1978
Distilled 22.2.78
Bottled 6.4.2001
Cask No. 696
364 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLEN ALBYN
26 years old
54,8 %
INFO
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1975
Bottled May 2002
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
25 years old
43 %
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
VINTAGE 1978
Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on 22nd February 1978
Cask Nr.6898
Bottled on 29th October 2003
366 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLEN ALBYN
25 years old
58.7 %
INFO
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Society Cask code 69.10
Date Distilled Jul 79
Date Bottled Mar 05
Outturn 240 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Flamengo dancer with slow legs'

GLEN ALBYN
29 years old
46 %
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1974
Bottled 2003
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
30 years old
46 %
SINGLE HIGHLAND MALT
Distilled 1975
Bottled 2006
Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Limited
Bonded and Bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLEN ALBYN
1 9 7 6
36 years
43 %
DISTILLERY LABELS
Single Highland malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 1976
Bottled 2012
Proprietors: MacKinlay & Birnie Limited
Bonded and bottled by
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

The Northern Highlands
GLEN ALBYN

Inverness. Licentiehouder: Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd. Onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, De malt divisie van Distillers Company Ltd. (D.C.L.).
Glen Albyn werd gesticht door James Sutherland in 1840, burgemeester van Inverness.
De distilleerderij werd gebouwd op de overblijfsel van de Muirtown bierbrouwerij en werd geopend op 9 Januari 1840.
Glen Albyn lag naast het Caledonian Canal.
In 1849 werd Glen Albyn grotendeels door brand verwoest.
Glen Albyn werd door James Sutherland herbouwd in 1850 en ging in 1852 weer in produktie.
James Sutherland hield het in 1855 voor gezien.
In 1866 werd de licentie van Glen Albyn ingetrokken omdat er een pijpleiding was ontdekt die liep van de distilleerderij naar een plaatselijke pub.
Glen Albyn was omstreeks deze tijd ook nog in gebruik als graanmaalderij.
In 1884 werd Glen Albyn herbouwd door William Grigor & Son te Inverness, hij verkocht één van de oude ketels toen aan William Grant die de ketel ging gebruiken in zijn toen nieuwe Balvenie distilleerderij.
De bedrijfsleider van Glen Albyn was John Birnie maar ging wat later een compagnonschap aan met Charles Mackinlay & Co, whisky- en wijnhandelaars te Leith.
Zij bouwden toen de Glen Mhor distilleerderij tegenover Glen Albyn.
In 1920 werd Glen Albyn overgenomen door Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd, de eigenaars van Glen Mhor.
Glen Albyn was gesloten van 1917 tot 1919 en in gebruik als mijnenwerkplaats van de Amerikaanse Marine.
Glen Albyn was weer gesloten van 1941 tot 1945.
In 1961 werd de vloermouterij vervangen door een mouterij volgens het Saladin systeem.
Sinds 1906 bezat John Walker & Sons Ltd een belang van 43^ % in Mackinlay & Birnie en doordat John Walker & Son Ltd sinds 1925 behoorden tot de Distillers Company Ltd, kon D.C.L. de rest van de aandelen kopen van Scottish & NewCastle Breweries Ltd, sinds 1961 voor 10,9 % aandeelhouder in Mackinlay & Birnie en van de families Mackinlay en Birnie.

In 1983 sloot de D.C.L. Glen Albyn.

Kort daarna werd Glen Albyn ontmanteld.
Glen Albyn had één Wash still en één Spirit still.

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 Releases series.

1844
Founded by James Sutherland and
inaugurated in October
1845
Production starts
1849
A fire in November damages
Glen Albyn
1850
Production recommences in February
1855
James Sutherland goes bankrupt due to the
costly repair work
and the distillery is put up for sale without
success
1866
The building is transformed into a flour mill
1884
Gregory & Co new owners and converts the
mill into a distillery
1891
Glen Albyn Distillery Company is formed
1892
A sister distillery, Glen Mhor is built by the
manager of Glen Albyn
John Birnie and James Mackinlay
1920
Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd, owner of Glen Mhor,
buys Glen Albyn and
runs both distilleries in parallel operations

1954
Floor maltings is abolished and replaced by a
Saladin box
1972
Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.)
buys Glen Albyn which is admini-
strated by Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, (S.M.D.)

1983
Glen Albyn is taken out of production
1986
Glen Albyn is demolished

Glen Albyn was a small distillery with an output
of 1,5 million litres

The name comes from Glen is valley and Alba,
the old name for Scotland

It was built on the ruins of Muirtown brewery

2002
Glen Albyn is lauched as a Rare Malt,
26 years old and distilled in
1975
Output: 1,5.00.000 litres a year
In 1884
output was 340.000 litres
In 1954
Glen Albyn pioneered mechanical malting
as opposed tot traditional floor malting
The old stills, 1 Wash still had a capacity
of 8128 litres and the Spirit still had a
capacity of
6819 litres, were replaced with 1 Wash still
with a capacity of 13.600 litres and a Spirit still
0f 11.360 litres.


The old stills had odd lyne arms which were said to cool the fluid more quickly and did im-
prove its flavor.

The lyne arms did have a circular cross section but were flattered, giving a capital D - shaped
cross section, with the flat side lying down, and each still fad a 100 m - long coil or submerged
worm to coll the vapours and was indirectly heated by steam coils.

The output was 1.125000 litres spirit, however the last years the production was only 330.00
litres a year.

The warehouses, shared with Glen Mhor had a capacity of 60.000 casks

The old stills were build by Fleming, Benner & McLaren in Glasgow

This Inverness malt distillery was a forerunner of innovation though sadly demolished in 1983.

Of the new distilleries founded during the late 19th century, Glen Albyn was notable for its uniquely shaped worm tubs, which were shaped into the letter D with the flat side down to cool the spirit quickly. It was also one of the first distilleries to introduce Saladin box maltings, along with its neighbour, Glen Mhor.

Unlike Glen Mhor, which was bottled as a single malt throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Glen Albyn’s whisky was mostly sold for blending. Some official bottlings were released in the 1970s, while a 26-year-old edition became part of Diageo’s Rare Malts collection in 2001. A handful of independent bottlings also exist though have become exceedingly rare.

Inverness was once the chief malting town in Scotland and teemed with malt kilns and breweries, though following the agricultural revolution many of these closed down. Glen Albyn distillery was founded on the site of one of these ruined malt kilns on the banks of the Caledonian Canal Basin and the Highland Railway, which brought in peat and coal.

It was founded in 1846 by James Sutherland, provost of Inverness, who ran the distillery for six years. Following a period of disuse the site was converted into a flour mill in 1866.

Glen Albyn was given a second chance at producing spirit in 1884 when it was converted back into a distillery capable of producing 75,000 gallons of spirit a year by Grigor & Co., which passed it onto the Glenalbyn Distillery Co. in 1891.

The following year distillery manager John Birnie – who was also provost of Inverness for six years in 1910 – left to form a partnership with Leith blender Charles Mackinlay, which resulted in the construction of Glen Mhor distillery next door. This new partnership went on to acquire Glen Albyn in 1920.

Both distilleries were among the first to introduce Saladin boxes in place of floor maltings in 1954, and were picked up together in DCL’s takeover of Mackinlays & Birnie in 1972. However neither survived the market downturn of the 1980s, and both plants were closed in 1983 along with other DCL distilleries such as Brora, Banff and Dallas Dhu.

Both Glen Albyn and Glen Mhor were later demolished to make way for superstores.

Diageo
1997 - present
United Distillers
1986 - 1997
Distillers Company Limited
1972 - 1986
Mackinlays & Birnie Limited
1920 - 1972
Glenalbyn Distillery Co
1891 - 1920
Grigor/Gregory & Co
1884 - 1891
James Sutherland
1847 - 1852
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