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INCHGOWER   12 years old 40%     INFO       
A DE LUXE HIGHLAND MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY
FROM THE HOUSE OF BELL'S
Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, Perth
(Very old Bottling)
INCHGOWER   14 years old 43%                
FLORA & FAUNA
Distilled 1980
Bottled 1994
Inchgower Distillery,
Buckie, Banffshire

INCHGOWER   27 years old 61,6%     INFO       
Date Distilled Nov 66
Date Bottled May 94
Society Cask No. code 18.5
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh.

INCHGOWER   15 years old 43 %              
VINTAGE 1979
Distilled 21.11.79
Bottled 2.95
Cask no. 12465
320 numbered bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh.

INCHGOWER   12 years old 60,4 %     INFO        
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
Date Distilled Jun 86
Date Bottled Feb 99
Society Cask No. code 18.13
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'A cure for the common cold'

INCHGOWER   35 years old 67.9 %     INFO              
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled November 1966
Date bottled April 2002
Society Cask No. code 18.18
Outturn 74 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Almond Cakes and Black Forest Gateau'

INCHGOWER   22 years old 55,7 %       INFO         
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strength
Distilled 1974
Bottled September 1997
Genummerde flessen
Limited Edition Arthur Bell & Sons, Perth

INCHGOWER  11 years old 61 %            
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Cask Strength
Distilled 1989
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead
Bottled: July 2001
No. of Bottles: 312
Wm. Cadenhead,
Campbeltown, Argyll

INCHGOWER   22 years old 46%    INFO        
Individual Cask
SHERRYWOOD
ORIGINAL COLLECTION
Distilled 1977
Region: Speyside
Bottled May 2000
No. of Bottles: 318
Distillery: Working
Wm. Cadenhead,
Campbeltown, Argyll

INCHGOWER   20 years old 43 %            
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
VINTAGE 1980
Distilled on 12/11/1980
Bottled on 25/10/2001
Cask No. 13273
288 Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

INCHGOWER   20 years old 51,'7 %   INFO          
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled Feb 85
Date bottled Apr 05
Society Cask code 18.22
Outturn 280 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Blackcurrent cheesecake and lemon rinds'

INCHGOWER   27 years old 55,6 %            
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Distilled: 1976
Bottled: 2004
Natural Cask Strenght
Numbered Bottles
Limited Edition
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

INCHGOWER   36 years old 46.3 %            
PEERLESS
RARE AULD SCOTCH WHISKY
CASK STRENGHT
Speyside Scotch Whisky
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
DTC
date distilled  10.1968
date bottled 02.2005
cask no. 5575
142 Numbered Bottles
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd,
Huntly, Aberdeenshire

INCHGOWER   aged 20 years, 60,8 %          
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH WHISKY
Clubbotteling 2005
CASK STRENGHT
Distilled 26 June 1985
Bottled 16 August 2005
Cask nr.   5633
250 Numbered Bottles
Unchillfiltered
Usquebaugh Society
Nederlandse Scotch Malt Whisky Vereniging,
Leusden

INCHGOWER      22  years old 43 %              
SIGNATORY   VINTAGE
Single Highland Malt Whisky
VINTAGE   1980
Distilled on 12/11/1980
Bottled on 3/9/2003
Cask No.   13274
292 Numbered Bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

INCHGOWER    24 years old  60,4 %               
ADELPHI DISTILLERY
LIMITED
Distilled  1980
Bottled  2005
Adelphi Distillery Limited
Purveyors of Rare Malt Whiskies
aged  in Wood and  bottled  direct  from the Cask

INCHGOWER     Aged 15 years  46 %     INFO
THE  N C 2  RANGE                                        
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Speyside Region
Unique Whiskies of Distinction
Fons et Origo
D T C
Distilled 1992
Bottled 2007-12-17
No Chill filtering or Colourings
Duncan Taylor & Co, Ltd,  Huntly, Aberdeenshire

INCHGOWER    Aged 34 years  49.7 %                     
1 9 7 4
Speyside
THE  EXCLUSIVE  MALTS
Fine Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 20th September 1974
Cask no. 7881
One of 187 Bottles
Natural colour
Non chillfiltering
The Creative Whisky Co, Ltd, Hamilton

INCHGOWER Aged 24 years 45.5 %  INFO
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Society Single Cask No: 18.30
Distilled February 1985
Cask type: Refill Hogshead / ex Bourbon
Outturn: 221 bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Hippie Dram"

INCHGOWER  61.9 %                      
1 9 9 3
THE  MANAGER'S  CHOICE
SINGLE  CASK  SELECTION
NATURAL  CASK  STRENGHT
Distilled in 1993
Cask No. 7917
Bottled in 2009
Numbered Bottles
Inchgower Distillery, Buckie, Banffshire

Importer: Diageo Suisse S.A. Renens.

Highland Malt
Speyside
INCHGOWER (1871

Buckie, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd. Inchgower is onderdeel van Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (S.M.D.) De maltdivisie van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
Gesticht in 1822 of 1824 als Tochindeal distilleerderij door Alexander Wilson.
De distilleerderij werd gebouwd op land dat het eigendom was van de Countess of Seafield.
In 1871 werd Tochindeal verplaatst naar Rathven, twee kilometer ten oosten   van Buckie,
naar men zei omdat daar meer water beschikbaar zou zijn, een ander verhaal   luidt, dat
de Countess of Seafield, niet zo gecharmeerd was van de distilleerderij op   haar land,
en de pachtprijs tweemaal zo hoog maakte.
De naam werd toen veranderd in Inchgower.
Inchgower begon met twee ketels, en de distilleerderij werd ruim van opzet gebouwd in de vorm van een vierkant, vaak voorkomend in die tijd, er was een vatenmakerij, kopersmederij en een timmerbedrijf.
De mouterij was honderd veertig meter lang en verlicht met 45 ramen. De lagerpakhuizen waren zo groot dat ruimte aan andere distilleerderijen werd verhuurd.
Ook waren er huizen ten behoeve van de medewerkers.
De familie Wilson verkocht Inchgower in 1933 aan het stadsbestuur van Buckie, die de dis-tilleerderij gedurende drie jaar in bedrijf hielden en in 1936 Inchgower voor E 3000 ver-kochten aan Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd.
Voor de overige gebouwen werd nog eens E 1000 betaald.
Ondanks de recessie in die jaren, en de heel moeilijke tijd die de whiskyindustrie toen doormaakte vanwege de drooglegging in Amerika, nam Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd in 1933 ook Blair Athol en Dufftown over.
In 1966 werd Inchgower grondig verbouwd, er werden twee ketels bijgebouwd, de moutvloeren verdwenen, de lagerpakhuizen werden uitgebreid, zodat men 44000 vaten kan opslaan.
Er kwam een afdeling om veevoeder te produceren die gebruik maakt van heet water afkomstig van warmte wisselaars op de ketels.
In 1970 werden twee bottelfabrieken bij Edinburgh en een nieuw hoofdkantoor te Perth ge-bouwd .

In 1972 werd Raymond Miquel direkteur en opnieuw begon een periode van expansie; in 1974 werd Pittyvaich in gebruik genomen, gebouwd naast Dufftown, een flessenfabriek gekocht en in Amerika een grote drankenimporteur, Wellington Importers, overgenomen.
In 1983 werd Bladnoch van Inver House overgenomen. In 1984 werd de Gleneagles Hotel Groep gekocht.
Op 23 Augustus 1985 wordt Arthur Bell & Sons na een hard en verbitterd gevecht overgenomen door Guinness.
In 1988 wordt Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd samengevoegd met de in 1987, ook tegen hun zin overgenomen Distillers Company Limited. (D.C.L).
In 1972 werd Inchgower voor het eerst uitgebracht als single malt whisky.
De vier ketels van Inchgower worden verhit met stoom en kunnen 2^ miljoen spirit per jaar produceren
Twee Wash stills zijn elk groot 12.500 liter, de twee Spirit stills elk 7236 liter. De Mash tun is 8.2 ton. De zes Wash backs hebben elk een inhoud van 40.500 liter.

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.

INCHGOWER

Thanks to Jack Smith, C,S.S. President                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           METRO  ATLANTA  SCOTCH  CLUB
101 Glens Drive, Woodstock G A 30188.

"Good Scotch with Great Friends"

Pronunciation: INSJ - gauwer
Translation:  Isle of Goats
Slogan:   "Malt for the discerning drinker"
Region:   Central Speyside
Neighbours:  Glenglassaugh, MacDuff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Glen Deveron)
Established: 1871
Status: Active
Water Source:  Memdiff Spring in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Menduff Hills for production                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Burn of Buckie for cooling
Barley: ?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     From Diageo's Maltings at Burghead
Malt Spec:  ?  unpeated
Gristmill:   ?
Mash Tun:  1 stainless steel semi -                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lauter, 8,2 ton capacity
Washbacks:  6 Oregon pine, 40,500                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         litres each
Fermentation:  46 to 54 hours
Stills:   4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2  Spirit Stills each 7,236 litres                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2 Wash Stills each 12.500 litres
Spirit Run:  From 70 % to 55 %
Cask  type:   ex Bourbon mostly &                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ex Sherry refill  some
Warehouses: 9 on - site, 5 Dunnage,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             4 Racked  for about 60.000 casks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Comprised largely of whisky from other                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Diageo distilleries
Most Inchgower is largely tinkered for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           off site maturation
Capacity:  (2012) 2.900.000.000 litres                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a year
Owner: U.D.V. since 1999, Diageo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 since 2004
Visitor centre:  No
Tours:  No

DIAGEO

April 2013

Diageo has named Teaninich near Alness as the location for its plans to build a new 50 million pound new malt whisky distillery and will be adjacent the existing Teaninich distillery
but will have its own name and indentity and will have the capacity to produce 13 million
litres of spirit p[er annum from its 16 stills.

Diageo also invest 12 million pound in expanding the Teaninich distillery to almost doubless capacity.

The site will also feature a bio - energy plant.

The work will begin in 2014.

Diageo also will invest in Mortlach distillery  in building a new still house and an other invest-
ment will be at Glendullan distillery to process co products in an anaerobic digestion process, producing bio - gas which will be used to power the Glendullan distillery.

There are also expansion and upgrade developments for more then 40 million pound in
Linkwood, Mannochmore, Glendullan, Dailuaine, Benrinnes, Inchgower, Cragganmore,
Glen Elgin, Glen Ord and in a new bio - energie plants in Glenlossie and Dailuaine.

Also new warehouse are build at Cluny near Kirkcaldy.

And at Talisker  a new visitor centre is build for a 1 million pound.

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Inchgower was built in 1871 by Alexander Wilson & Company to replace the Tochineal distillery. The original equipment from Tochineal was even used in the establishment of the site.


Status:
Active
Company:
Diageo
Still 1:
2 x 12,500 l
Pear
Still 2:
2 x 7,236 l
Pear
Fermenters:
6 x 40,500 l
Mashtun:
8 t
Founding year:
1872
Distillery output:
2,250,000 l

The Whisky
Official bottlings released from the Speyside distillery of Inchgower are few and far between, making them an extremely valuable addition to any collection.  There are only three official bottlings for buyers to choose from, which consist of the 14 year old bottling that was released as part of the Flora & Fauna range, and the 'Rare Malts Collection' bottlings, which have included a 22 year old and a 27 year old.

In comparison, independent bottlings are quite plentiful. Bottlings have been performed by Hunter Laing, Gordon & MacPhail, as well as Douglas Laing.  There is a strong variety of age and vintage among the independent bottlings, making the process of choosing a single bottle even more difficult.

One of the reasons for the scarce amount of official bottlings from Inchgower distillery is that the vast majority of the single malt produced at the site is used in blending. Only 1% of the spirit distilled at the site is actually sold as single malt. The Bell's family owned the distillery for a significant portion of time and as a result Inchgower became an important component in the Bell's blends, as well as Johnnie Walker and the White Horse Blends.  

The Production
The water used in the production of Inchgower is drawn from a burn in the nearby Menduff Hills, which lay to the south of the town of Buckie, where the distillery is located. Because Inchgower draws its water from this source, the spirit is technically classed as a 'Lower Speyside Malt'. The distillery has a production capacity of almost 3 million litres.

View inside the courtyard of the Inchgower distillery.
The courtyard with kiln of the Inchgower Distillery
The Pot Stills
Inchgower is powered by four pot stills: two wash, two spirit. All of the stills have a 'pear' shape, with extremely wide spherical lids and tall, conical necks. The flat top of the still results in a slightly higher degree of reflux, as the progress of the vapours is not as gradual and progressive than it is with the necks of the more common 'Spsyside'-style still. The wash stills have a capacity of 12'500 litres, while the spirit stills sit at a slightly smaller capacity of 7'200 litres.

The Maltings
Inchgower has a history of being a fairly self-sufficient distillery. The site even housed it's own cooperage, which was pretty unique. The distillery used to use it's own floor maltings, but nowadays it sources its malt from a Diageo-owned malting facility in Burghead, 20 miles to the west of Buckie. The malt that is used is unpeated.  

The Warehouse
Despite the fact that it is a fairly small-scale distillery, Inchgower has a pretty impressive warehouse facility. It boasts 13 dunnage and racked on-site warehouses, which can house up to 60'000 casks. The distillery uses a combination of sherry and American oak casks, although sherry is used more often than American oak. Interestingly, the majority if the spirit housed in these warehouses isn't actually Inchgower single malt. The facilities serve as a storage space for many other distilleries, which is fairly unusual.  

History
Inchgower was built in 1871 by Alexander Wilson & Company to replace the Tochineal distillery. The original equipment from Tochineal was even used in the establishment of the site. Production launched the same year and continued successfully until the business began to encounter difficulties, eventually having to liquidate in 1936, when Alexander Wilson & Company filed for bankruptcy. Inchgower Town Council bought the distillery from the Company, who then sold it on to Arthur Bell & Sons.  

Arthur Bell & Sons made a series of modernizations to Inchgower, including increasing the number of stills from two to four, doubling the level of capacity and bringing it to it's modern ability. In 1985, Arthur Bell & Sons was taken over by Guinness, who were then merged with United Distillers and Vintners in 1987.  Diageo, the whisky industry giant, eventually bought Guinness, therefore acquiring Inchgower. In 2006 Diageo closed Inchgower for a year in order to launch a major refurbishment. One of the most significant changes was the installation of a so-called 'closed yeast pitching system' that added yeast to the wash automatically. This innovation gives an added degree of control over the style of the whisky, but is less 'traditional'.

As the distillery has moved into the twenty-first century, it has continued to go from strength to strength. In 2004 it released a 27 year old bottling from 1976, which was received with great critical acclaim. Hopefully the rest of this century will continue to bring such great releases.

The spicy character is driven initially by a hotter than usual second water during the quick mashing regime which cuts back any overt nuttiness. Fermentation is short and the steeply angled lyne arms on the stills help to capture weightier elements. An underlying waxiness flashes a signal to another coastal plant, Clynelish.

Built in 1871 by Alexander Wilson, this is one of the few distilleries to have been owned by the local town council which stepped in to save the plant in 1936 when the Wilson family went bankrupt. Two years later, Arthur Bell bought it for the princely sum of £3,000. With the absorption of Bell’s into Guinness and the subsequent purchase by that firm of DCL, Inchgower became part of what is now Diageo.

It has always been a significant player in blends, in this case Bell’s, whose own distilleries all shared variations on the ‘nutty-spicy' theme. It also plays a role within the Walker range.

One of Diageo’s ‘Flora & Fauna’ range, it is occasionally found (with varying degrees of salinity) from independent bottlers.

TIMELINE

1871
The distillery is founded by Alexander Wilson & Co which builds it using equipment from the disused Tochineal Distillery
1936
Buckie Town Council purchases the site after Alexander Wilson & Co goes bankrupt
1938
Arthur Bell & Sons buys Inchgower for £3,000
1966
Inchgower's capacity is doubled with the addition of two new stills
1985
Arthur Bell & Sons is acquired by Guinness
1987
DCL merges with Arthur Bell, creating United Distillers
INCHGOWER FACTS

CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
46hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
8.36
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Non peated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mainly in house
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
Non peaty
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
65-66%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
8,000
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Plain
STILLS i
4
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,900
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Plain
WASHBACK TYPE i
Lauter
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Minduff Burn
WORT CLARITY i
Cloudy
YEAST TYPE i
Creamed
OWNERS

Diageo logo
CURRENT OWNER

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

United Distillers
1987 - 1997
Guinness UDV
1985 - 1987
Arthur Bell & Sons
1938 - 1985
Buckie Town Council
1936 - 1938
Alexander Wilson & Co
1871 - 1936
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