40 % RARE OLD HIGHLAND MALT SCOTCH WHISKY Distilled 1979 Bottled 2000 Proprietors: Mackinlay & Birnie Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
21 years old
62,5 %INFO SINGLE CASK SCOTCH MALT WHISKY Date Distilled Dec 81 Date Bottled Jul 03 Society Cask code 57.13 Outturn 420 Bottles The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh 'Moulin Rouge'.
21 years old
62,7 %INFO SINGLE CASK SCOTCH MALT WHISKY Date distilled December 1981 Date bottled October 2002 Society Cask No. code 57.11 Outturn 359 bottles The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh 'Snorkelling in molasses'
21 years old
43% SIGNATORY VINTAGE VINTAGE 1980 Distilled on 4.3.80 Bottled 14.12.2001 Matured in a sherry butt Butt No. 878 714 Genummerde flessen Natural Colour Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh
Aged 29 years
42,5 % RAREST OF THE RARE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY A Historic Collection of Cask Strenght Single Cask Whiskies from Distilleries which no longer exist Unique Whiskies of Distinction Fons et Origo D T C Distilled:12.1975 Sherry Cask Cask no. 4038 Bottled: 11.2004 Numbered Bottles 222 Bottles No Chill Filtering or Colouring of any kind Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
42,6 % RAREST OF THE RARE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY A Historic Collection of Cask Strenght Single Cask Whiskies from Distilleries which no longer exist Unique Whiskies of Distinction Fons et Origo D T C Date distilled: 12.1975 Cask Number: 4031 Date Bottled: 05.2007 258 Numbered Bottles No Chill Filtration or Colourings of any kind Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
Aged 32 years
40.6 % 1 9 7 5 RAREST OF THE RARE SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY A Historic Collection of Cask Strenght Whiskies from Distilleries which no longer exist Unique Whiskies of Distinction Fons et Origo D T C Distilled 12.1975 Cask no. 4041 Bottled 11.2008 Numbered Bottles 148 Bottles No Chillfiltering or Colouring of any kind Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd, Huntly, Aberdeenshire
1 9 6 5 42 years old
43 % Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky Distilled 1965 Bottled 2007 Glen Mhor Distillery, Inverness Bonded and Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
GLEN MHOR 31 years
43 % Single Highland Malt Distilled 1980 Mackinlay & Birnie Proprietors: Bonded and Bottled by Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
Highland Malt The Northern Highlands GLEN MHOR (1892 - 1983)
Inverness. Licentiehouders: Mackinlay & Birnie. Glen Mhor is onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.). De malt divisie van de Distillers Company Ltd. (D.C.L). Gesloten in 1983, ontmanteld in 1988. Gesticht in 1892 door John Birnie en James Mackinlay. Glen Mhor is Keltisch en beteknt groot dal, vernoemd naar het grote dal dat loopt van Fort William naar Inverness. John Birnie, eerst bedrijfsleider van Glen Albyn ging een compagnonschap met James Mackinlay van Charles Mackinlay & Co, whiskyblenders en handelaren te Leith. Het ontwerp was van Charles Doig. In December 1894 werd Glen Mhor opgestart. Het water voor de produktie van Glen Mhor kwam van Loch Ness. In 1906 werd John Walker & Sons Ltd eigenaar van 40 % van de aandelen van Glen Mhor. De distilleerderij werd toen ook uitgebreid. Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd kochten in 1920 de Glen Albyn distilleerderij. Beide distilleerderijen waren in zowel de eerste- als de tweede wereldoorlog gesloten. Neil M. Gunn, die veel over whisky heeft geschreven was hoofd van de accijnzen van Glen Mhor van 1923 tot 1937 en had een grote voorliefde voor deze whisky. In 1949 werd de vloermouterij door het Saladin systeem, maar werd gesloten in 1980. Charles Mackinlay & Co werd in 1961 overgenomen door Scottish & Newcastle Breweries en werd de Schotse whiskydivisie van de Waverley Group tot 1985 toen Mackinlay werd overgenomen door Invergordon Distillers voor E 17.5 000.000. Glen Mhor en Glen Albyn werden in 1972 overgenomen door Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd, (S.M.D.) die al via John Walker & Sons, aandeelhouder was in de distilleerderijen. Glen Mhor en Glen Albyn werden gesloten in 1983 en ontmanteld. Glen Mhor had één Wash Still en één Spirit still. The story of Glen Mhor begins across the road - the Great North Road at Inverness, where in 1884 corn merchants, Grgory & Co, had built a new distillery at Glen Albyn, on the site of the ruined Muirtown Brewery. Well situated on the Caledonian Canal where it falls to the sea, and supplied with water from Loch Ness, the new distillery prospered, thanks in no small part to its energetic manager, John Birnie. Unable to see his efforts rewarded by a partnership, he set up a rival business with his friend and customer, Leith merchant Charles Mackinlay. In 1892 the pair engaged Charles Doig, doyen of distillery designers, to build a brand new distillery directly opposite. There was, after all, no shortage of water supply. Meeting succes the partners formed a private company in 1906, now backed by their trade customers John Walker & Sons. In 1920, they were able to complete their conquest by buying Glen Albyn. The two distilleries were worked in partnership for the rest of their lives, joining first Scottish Malt Distillers, then the Distillers Company before finally each falling victim to the rapid expansion of Inverness in the 1980s.
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.
1892 Built by John Birnie, Manager of Glen Albyn distillery, and James Mackinlay of Charles Mackinlay & Co, whisky blenders, Leith, under the firm of Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd, Principal shareolder is Charles Mackinlay Architect is Charles Doig
1893 Production starts in December
1906 A large shareholding being taken by John Walker & Co
1954 A Saladin box replaces floor maltings which makes Glen Mhor one of the first distilleries to introduce mechanical malting
1972 Glen Mhor is bought by Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.)
1980 Own maltings is decommissioned
1983 Glen Mhor closes
1986 The buildings are demolished
2001 Glen Mhor 22 years old from 1979 is launched as a Rare Malt
2005 Glen Mhor 28 years old from 1976 is launched as a Rare Malt THE RARE MALTS SELECTION The Rare Malts Selection, now drawing to a close after ten years, has always been made from remarkable cask-strenght single malt Scotch whiskies; among the rarest, most precious stocks to survive in Scotland. Looked after undisturbed by careful hands since birth, each has been nurtured to perfection, then selected on merit by a distinguished panel of experts. Often twenty or more years of age, many Rare Malts have been so rare that they will never be seen again. Connoisseurs have appreciated their full rich colour and enjoyed their true depth of flavour, thanks to unfiltered cask-strenght bottling. Nosing them has been an act of reverence to enjoy in itself. When tasting, it has always been advised that the correct dilution for a cask-strenght Rare Malt should be two parts water to one of whisky. Each individually numbered bottle has revealed a most intriguing character, its individuality emphasised by a quirk peculiar to natural cask strenght bottlings. So small has been each bottling run that every Rare Malt, drawn from casks, which naturally differ, has had its own unique strenght. The Rare Malts Selection: each unique to taste, give, collect and now, to remember with affection.
THE LAST RARE MALTS SELECTION The Rare Malts have always been, by definition, rare. They have never been on widespread sale. Available only in selected outlets, each has been released as a strictly limited edition of individually numbered bottles. As with fine vintage wine, the supply of Rare Malts has been restricted by availability. Once each was exhausted, its place in the Selection was taken by an equally rare bottling of a similarly fine old single malt. And now, the stocks from which the Rare Malts were drawn are almost exhausted, the very last selection has been made. It is limited to no more than 6000 bottles of each make, and is additionally distinguished by coming in part from closed distilleries. The last of the last. Truly, these are The Rare Malt
Glen Mhor was one of a number of single malts which were being bottled in the late 19th and early 20th century, a further demonstration that the commonly held notion that this was a 1960s concept is not borne out by historical evidence.
A small two-still operation, it is now very rarely seen although SMWS and Gordon & MacPhail have, on occasion, bottled it. Bottlings show it to be a big, fat and quite muscular malt with a meaty and lightly smoky undertow.
It re-emerged most recently when it was named as one of the malts in the Mackinlay’s blend which was found entombed in ice under Ernest Shackleton’s hut. The distillery’s other claim to fame was as the place where Scottish novelist, and author of the polemic Scotland and Whisky, Neil M. Gunn, was first based.
Clearly in 1892 when John Birnie, the manager of Glen Albyn (which sat opposite) entered into a business partnership with Leith blender Charles Mackinlay, he was thinking commercially. The new distillery was designed by the leading architect of the era, Charles Doig, and located between the Caledonian Canal and the railway giving it superb communication links. In 1920, Mackinlay & Birnie bought Glen Albyn.
Unusually, the distillery remained water-powered until the 1950s and had Saladin maltings installed in 1954.
In 1972, it became a late addition to the DCL portfolio, although it would only remain with the industry giant until 1983 when it was another of Scotland’s smaller stills to close. Three years later it was demolished.
Seen from a modern perspective in which the importance of whisky tourism is a major consideration, the fact that the capital of the Highlands doesn’t have a single distillery might seem strange. It’s easy to forget how vey different the business was only a few decades ago.