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GLENUGIE   30 years old 58 %            
VINTAGE 1966
Distilled 1.3.66
Bottled 4.11.96
Cask No. 848
180 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   16 years old 43 %                 
VINTAGE 1980
Distilled 23.5.80
Bottled 6.2.97
Cask No. 3660-61
604 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   19 years old 57,4%            
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 21.4.78
Bottled 15.5.97
Cask No. 2407
220 bottles
Glenugie Distillery
Peterhead Long John Distilleries Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   31 years old 53,9%         
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 31.12.66
Bottled 5.6.98
Cask No. 5082
206 bottles
Glenugie Distillery
Peterhead Long John Distilleries Ltd
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE  27 years old 54,6 %                 
VINTAGE 1973
Distilled 7.12.73
Bottled 14.1.00
Cask No. 6542
Matured in a sherry cask
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
186 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   32 years old 40 %            
RARE OLD
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Distilled 1968
Bottled 2000
Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLENUGIE   26 years old 50 %                
THE OLD MALT CASK 50o
A Single Cask Bottling
Distilled May 1976
Bottled May 2002
282 bottles
No Chill Filtration
No Colouring
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd, Glasgow

GLENUGIE   14 years old 60,5 %    INFO        
Distilled April 1978
Bottled October 1992 (code 99.1)
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   14 years old 60 %     INFO   
Distilled April 1978
Bottled October 1992
(code 99.2)
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   32 years old 56,6 %      INFO         
Distilled February 1965
Bottled May 1997
(code 99.6)
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh

GLENUGIE   16 years old 40 %          
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1966
Bottled 1982
Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLENUGIE   25 years old 40 %                    
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1966
Bottled 1991
Trade Mark of Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLENUGIE   28 years old 40 %                  
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1967
Bottled 1995
Trade Mark of Proprietors:
Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLENUGIE   30 years old 40 %                
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1967
Bottled 1997
Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

GLENUGIE   20 years old 46 %      INFO           
Distilled December 1966
Bottled April 1987
Wm. Cadenhead, 18 Golden Square,
Aberdeen

GLENUGIE   27 years old 54,2%      INFO           
CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE
Natural Strenght, Cask Strenght
Distilled December 1973
Cask No. 6543/6547
Bottled December 2000
Bourbon Barrel
317 bottles
Ian MacLeod & Co, Ltd, Broxburn

GLENUGIE   22 years old 58,0%              
RAREST OF THE RARE
A Historic Collection of Cask Strenght
Single Cask Whiskies from Distilleries
which no linger exist
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
Distilled : 1981
Bottled : 2004
Cask no. 5156
548 Numbered Bottles
No Chill Filtering or Colouring
of any kind

GLENUGIE   26 years old 46 %       INFO         
MISSION
Selection Number Three
Unique Bottling of Glenugie
Distilled 1977
Bottled 2003
Genummerde flessen
498 Bottles
Murray McDavid, Glasgow

GLENUGIE     25 years old 47 %    INFO          
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled May 80
Date Bottled Oct 05
Society Cask code 99.10
Outturn  263 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,  
The Vaults,   Leith,   Edinburgh '
Complex and  intriguing'

GLENUGIE    23 years old 61.9 %      INFO             
RAREST OF THE RARE   
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
CASK STRENGHT
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
A Historic Collection of
Cask Strenght Single Cask Whiskies  
from Distilleries which no longer exist
Distilled:   11.1981
Bottled: 06.2005
Matured in : SHERRY CASK
Cask no.   5155
516 Numbered Bottles
Fons et Origo
D.T.C.
No Chill Filtration or
Colourings of any kind
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd,
Huntly, Aberdeenshire

GLENUGIE                         1 9 7 7                                 
Aged  33 years  57.2 %
SIGNATORY  VINTAGE
CASK  STRENGHT  COLLECTION
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on: 20/12/1977
Matured in Hogsheads / Sherry Butt
Oloroso Cask Finish 100 Months
Bottled on: 14/01/2011
Cask No: 2
573 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Casks individually selected and bottled by
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Pitlochry

Highland Malt
The Eastern Highlands
GLENUGIE  (1833 - 1983)


Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Licentiehouder: Long John Distillers Limited. Eigendom van Whitbread.
In 1983 gesloten en in 1985 ontmanteld.
Glenugie was de noordelijkst gelegen distilleerderij van de Oostelijke Hooglanden en de meest oostelijk gelegen distilleerderij in Schotland.
Gesticht in 1833 - 1834 door Donald McLeod & Co met de naam Invernettie. Op de plaats stond een windmolen, waarvan de resten er nog staan.
In 1837 werd Glenugie omgebouwd tot bierbrouwerij.
In 1875 werd Glenugie het eigendom van Scottish Highland Distillers Co, Ltd, die de brouwerij weer ombouwden tot een distilleerderij.
Glenugie produceerde toen ongeveer 400.000 liter spirit per jaar.
In 1879 stopte de zieltogende Scottish Highland Distillers Co, Ltd er mee.
De volgende eigenaar was George Whyte & Co, maar die ging bankroet.
In 1884 kocht Simon Forbes de distilleerderij, en hij was wel succesvol en bleef eigenaar tot 1915 en wellicht langer.
Glenugie was gesloten in de eerste wereldoorlog, was weer in produktie van 1923 - 1924 en was weer gesloten van 1925 tot 1937.
Seager, Evans & Co Ltd, sinds 1911 de eigenaar van Long John Distillers kocht Glenugie in 1937 en werd zelf in 1956 overgenomen door Schenley Industries te New York.
Schenley investeerde enorm in Glenugie, de distilleerderij werd kompleet nieuw gebouwd en de produktie werd verdubbeld, ook werden de lagerpakhuizen vergroot, waar men 1,5 miljoen gallon whisky kon lageren.
Schenley Industries bouwde ook een malt distillery, Kinclaith, bij de graandistilleerderij Strathclyde te Glasgow en in 1958 The Tormore.
In 1962 werd Laphroaig overgenomen.
Glen Alden Corporation, eigenaar van Schenley Industries werd in 1969 overgenomen door Rapid American Incorporated.
De naam Seager Evans werd in 1971 veranderd in Long John International Ltd, en die werd in 1975 overgenomen door de bierbrouwers Whitbread.
Kinclaith werd toen gesloten om uitbreiding van de graandistilleerderij Strathclyde mogelijk te maken.
Ben Nevis werd gekocht in 1981.
Glenugie ging dicht in 1983 en werd in 1985 ontmanteld.
Ben Nevis werd verkocht in 1988 aan The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co, Ltd uit Japan en The Tormore en Laphroaig werden in 1990 verkocht aan Allied Distillers Ltd.
Het water voor Glenugie kwam van de Wellington Spring. Glenugie had één Wash still en één Spirit still.

1963 1971 1975 1983   The distillery is founded by Donald, McLeod & Co, as Invernettie Distillery
The name changes to Glenugie Distillery and is converted into a brewery
The brewery is bought by Scottish Highland Distillers Company Ltd, which
recreates the distillery
The distillery closes
Glenugie is bought by George Whyte & Co, which becomes bankrupt the same year
Production ceases
The distillery begins production once more
Production stops
Seager Evans & Company Ltd takes over and resumes production
Seager Evans & Comapny Ltd, is bought by Schenley Industries Inc.
The number of stills doubles to four
Own floor maltings discontinues
Seager Evans & Company Ltd changes name to Long John International Ltd
Schenley sells Long John International Ltd to Whitbread & Company
The distillery closes and the buildings are sold

1831 - 1834        Donald McLeod & Co
1837                    Glenugie Distillery Co
                           Converted to a brewery
                           Rebuilt as a distillery by Scottish Highland Distillers Co
1873                    Incorporated
1877                    Company practically moribund
1879                    Distillery wound up
                           George Whyte & Co buys the distillery
1882                    George Whyte & Co sequestrated
1884 - 1915         Simon Forbes operates Glenugie
1918                    John Craig owner
1923 -1924          Glenugie Distillery Ltd
1925 -1937          Distillery is silent
1937                    Seager Evans & Co Ltd buys Glenugie
1956                    Seager Evans & Co Ltd is taken over by Schenley Industries Inc
                           Glenugie is transferred to Strathclyde & Long John Distilleries
                           later Long John Distillers Ltd
                           The number of stills doubles to four
1971                    Seager Evans & Co Ltd changes name to Long John International
                           Ltd.
1975                    Schenley Industries Inc sells Glenugie to Whitbread & Co
1983                    Glenugie closes.

Despite a reputation as one of the best distilleries in the north of Scotland, particularly among excise officers, Glenugie experienced a tumultuous history chequered by a revolving door of operators and periods of closure.

Under the operation of Simon Forbes in the late 1800s – the first licensee to bring considerable success to Glenugie – the distillery featured two pot stills fitted with shell and tube condensers (a horizontal one for the wash still and an upright one for the spirit still) to supplement the existing worm tubs. It had an output of around 90,000 gallons per year.

The majority of Glenugie’s whisky was used for blending, in particular for the Long John blend from the 1950s which was also owned by Seager Evans. Only two own bottlings have been released in recent years, both for current brand owner Chivas Brothers’ Deoch an Doras range in 2010 and 2011 as a 32- and 30-year-old. Several independent bottlings have also been produced.

Once Scotland’s most easterly whisky distillery, Glenugie was also one of four lost distilleries in the Peterhead area (Glenaden, Kirktown, Longside), which was renowned for its fishing industry and two harbours designed by famous architects Thomas Telford and John Smeaton.

The coastal distillery, which was originally called Invernettie, was erected near the Peterhead shoreline by Donald McLeod & Co in 1831, but was continuously set back during its 150-year lifetime by a string of failed owners.

Donald McLeod managed Invernettie for just three years before it was mothballed. The Glenugie Distillery Co., which acquired the site in 1837, converted it into a brewery. It remained that way until 1875, when taken over by Scottish Highland Distillery Co. Ltd, which reinstalled distilling equipment and renamed it Glenugie distillery.

Things were looking up but sadly Glenugie’s new owner failed to make a go of the business and was wound up, with the distillery sold to George Whyte & Co in 1879. Its bad luck continued, and two years after purchasing Glenugie, George Whyte & Co was sequestrated.

It wasn’t until around 1884, when Simon Forbes took over the license, that Glenugie’s fortunes began to look bright. Forbes invested in such ‘considerable improvements and additions’ that excise officers would  describe the distillery as one of the best in the north of Scotland.

Forbes operated the distillery until at least 1915, seeing Glenugie through the fallout from the Pattison crash at the start of the century. It was eventually sold onto Glenugie Distillery Ltd in 1923, before a takeover by London distiller Seager Evans & Co. in 1937.

The group was acquired by New York’s Schenley Industries in 1956, with Seager’s Scottish distilleries transferred to its subsidiaries Strathclyde and Long John Distilleries.

In 1970 Seager Evans was renamed Long John International and the business was purchased by British brewer Whitbread five years later.

Glenugie remained operational throughout, though fell victim to the fallout of the whisky loch of the 1980s, closing for good in 1983. Its buildings were split up and sold to two north sea oil firms.

The Glenugie brand name is now owned by Chivas Brothers.

1831
Donald McLeod & Co build a distillery at Peterhead peninsular
1837
The distillery, which had become mothballed, is converted to a brewery by new owner Glenugie Distillery Co.
1875
The site is purchased by Scottish Highland Distillers which transforms it back into a distillery
1879
Scottish Highland Distillers is dissolved, and Glenugie is sold to George Whyte & Co.
1881
George Whyte & Co is sequestrated
c.1884
Glenugie is sold to Simon Forbes, who invests in bringing the distillery on form
1924
The operation is sold to Glenugie Distillery Ltd, but falls silent two years later.
1937
Seager Evans & Co acquires Glenugie and reopens the distillery
1956
Seager Evans is acquired by Schenley Industries, and Glenugie is transferred to Long John Distilleries
1970
Seager Evans becomes Long John International
1975
Long John International is picked up by British brewer Whitbread
1983
Glenugie distillery is closed for the last time
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
2005 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Allied Domecq
1994 - 2005
Allied Lyons
1978 - 1994
Whitbread & Co
1975 - 1978
Schenley Industries
1956 - 1975
Hugh Fraser
1956
Seager Evans
1937 - 1956
Glenugie Distillery Limited
1923 - 1937
John Craig
1918 - 1923
Simon Forbes
1884 - 1918
George Whyte & Co
1879 - 1884
Scottish Highland Distillers Co
1875 - 1879
Glenugie Distillery Co
1837 - 1873
Donald, McLeod & Co
1831 - 1837


Once Scotland’s most easterly distillery, Glenugie’s whisky was mostly destined for blends during its lifetime, but has grown in stature since. With the last of Glenugie’s warehouses about to be demolished,  lPeterhead plant’s history,  in particular on its last 12 months of operation.

Glenugie workers with final cask
Last day: Workers with the final cask to be removed from Glenugie. Sid Watt is second from the left
The year 1983 is one of the most notorious in whisky history. It was the height of the recession in the industry, when about a dozen malt distilleries were closed. The most famous are Brora and Port Ellen, but many others also fell silent.

One of these was Glenugie, located in Peterhead, a little north of Aberdeen. Scotland’s most easterly whisky distillery, it was owned by Long John International at the time and, according to the Aberdeen Press and Journal, it had the dubious honour of being the first distillery to be shut down on the Scottish mainland during the crisis of the 1980s.

Glenugie was highly regarded throughout its history: in the late 19th century, Excise officers were particularly impressed by its mash and still house, which was very commodious and well-ventilated, making it, in their eyes, one of the best distilleries in the north of Scotland.

Even today, the whisky made at Glenugie is widely admired by whisky enthusiasts. Glenugie collector Bob Hulsebosch describes the spirit as ‘exotically fruity and characterful’, and finds that Glenugie combines the best of old Springbank, Brora, Lochside and Clynelish.

Long-time Long John International employee Sid Watt, now retired and living in Glasgow, is similarly fond of Glenugie, although he stays away from the superlatives. ‘It was regarded as a light-flavoured Highland malt,’ he says. ‘It’s a nice wee drink, if you can get it.’

Watt was sent up to Glenugie in 1983, to oversee the removal of all the whisky maturing on-site. Together with four men from the warehouse crew, the job was supposed to last six months, but it took them nearly 10 months to clear the place.

Watt started his career in the whisky trade in 1966, working in a spirit store. At Long John he spent time in the sample room, working in the blending hall as well. But the year he was tasked with managing the final stages of Glenugie stayed with him the longest. ‘I was the one that shut the place down,’ he says.

Filling two lorries a day with about 100 casks each, it was a long and laborious job. At the start, only one antiquated stacker was available to the crew. Money was tight, as the whisky industry was haemorrhaging cash, but Long John found the funds to rent a forklift truck. ‘That stacker was slow! If it wasn’t for that forklift, we might’ve still been there,’ Watt says.

It wasn’t until long after its closure that Glenugie made a modest name for itself as a single malt whisky. When the distillery was still in operation, most of the liquid was used in the Long John blend, while only the occasional cask was sold to private individuals.

Watt and his crew encountered one such cask when emptying the warehouse. ‘That’s one I’ll never forget. It was maybe 60 years old. We couldn’t find out who the owner was. This person hadn’t paid rent on it for a while too, you know, to store the cask. So the company took it back into their stock.

‘You’d have thought there would’ve been almost nothing left in it because of evaporation, but there was still some in it. That whisky would be very valuable, but I’ve no idea what they did with it. Probably sold it to a broker to cover the rent or something.’

Located close to the coast, Glenugie had some sinister neighbours. The Peterhead Prison opened in 1888 a few hundred yards from the distillery. More than once a prisoner escaped, most notably Johnny Ramensky, also known as Gentleman Johnny. A career criminal, he used his safe-cracking skills as a Commando during the Second World War.

During the third of a total of four escape attempts in 1958, distillery workers from Glenugie spotted Ramensky as he tried to make his way out of Peterhead. Alexander Allan told the Aberdeen Evening Express: ‘A colleague and I ran after him. He hid behind some bushes (…), and, when we came up, he belted along past the warehouse and over the wall.’

Because of occurrences like this, assistant distillery manager William Bain, one of Sid Watt’s best friends, kept a pickaxe handle near his front door. One day in 1983, when Watt came into work, a long line of cars was outside Peterhead Prison. ‘Being very naive, I thought: “Well, maybe this is the day they let out the prisoners that are due to be let out,”’ he recalls.


It turned out that some inmates had escaped onto the roof of the prison. The solution for this problem was found at Glenugie distillery. ‘We had a fire engine with a portable pump,’ says Watt. ‘They used water from our fire dam, which we had for safety purposes.

‘As this was in December, the water was freezing and murky, not something you want to be hosed down from a roof with. But that’s what they did.’

In between the hard work and prison escapes, Watt and his crew had some good times, especially when a Customs and Excise officer asked if he could store a sports car in one of the empty Glenugie warehouses.

‘They confiscated it from someone who hadn’t paid the import tax. I don’t remember the brand, but it was blue. Sometimes we took it out in the yard. It was quite nice to have a wee drive around in this high-powered car.’

When the final day of work came around, it was just like any other day, according to Watt. The lorry came in early and they had the last cask away at about 10am. He praises the men he worked with, who knew they were about to lose their jobs.

‘They had a lovely attitude towards it. They all knew what was going on and were working towards it. It didn’t affect the way they worked – I would love to have worked with them even longer.’

Glenugie was one of the first casualties of the 1980s ‘whisky loch’

With the last casks on their way out of Peterhead, the remaining distillery workers and Watt had a small party. ‘There was quite a lot of stock – bottles of whisky and all that – left in the store room. We handed some out to local pensioners. Three bottles we handed in to the local lifeboat station, so they could raffle them. The men took some home as well.’

After Glenugie closed its doors for the last time, part of the equipment was sold. The spirit safe and the mash tun ended up at Fettercairn, while some of the stainless steel tanks found their way to Ben Nevis.

The distillery buildings have been in use over the years, but due to site redevelopment by current owner Score Group, most of the existing buildings fell into disrepair and were demolished. One set of warehouses remains today, but is scheduled to be knocked down soon, to make room for extra storage.

Watt is sad to hear the news, as he has many fond memories of Glenugie and Peterhead. Over the years he stayed in touch with several of his former colleagues. ‘It was a great atmosphere up there,’ he says. ‘I returned several times, and went up maybe once a year.

‘I always drove past the distillery, and was sad to see the way it went. If I could’ve possibly done it, I would’ve moved there. Had the distillery stayed on, I would’ve applied for a job at Glenugie.’

LAST GLENUGIE BUILDINGS SET FOR DEMOLITION
19 March 2018
The last remaining buildings at the former Glenugie distillery are set to be demolished over the next few months, marking the final chapter in the story of the Peterhead plant.

Glenugie distillery
Going, going, gone: The last buildings at Glenugie will soon be demolished by the site’s owner
The set of warehouses is all that remains of the lost Highland distillery, which closed for good in 1983.

The most easterly distillery in all Scotland when it was still in production, Glenugie was among the many distilleries mothballed during the ‘whisky loch’ of the early 1980s.

Shortly after its closure, owner Whitbread sold the distillery to two North Sea oil firms. The site is currently owned by engineering company Score Group, one of the largest employers in the area.

The distillery buildings have been in use over the years but, due to site redevelopment, most of the existing buildings fell into disrepair and were demolished.

Score Group recently decided to knock down the last remaining warehouses, to make room for extra storage. When that happens, none of the original Glenugie distillery buildings will be left.

Had Glenugie been located elsewhere, it might have been preserved, with the possibility of reopening in the future. But its proximity to Aberdeen and the North Sea oil industry meant that the industrial premises were in high demand.

There are still remnants of an old granite windmill, which is a listed building, on the site. However, the windmill predates the distillery, and there is no evidence that it was ever used for production purposes.

The distillery once had a total of nine bonded warehouses, holding up to 1.5m gallons of whisky. The site grew to cover 25 acres in its 150-year history.

Few if any casks of Glenugie still exist. The last releases date from at least six years ago, with current brand owner Chivas Brothers releasing two cask strength editions in its Deoch an Doras range in 2010 and 2011.

A Chivas spokesperson said there were currently no plans for future releases, but could not confirm if the company still held any stocks of Glenugie.
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