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'
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'
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
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'
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
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
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
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"
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.
2 0 0 7
Speyside Single Malt Whisky
Matured in a Hoghshead
Cask no: 801156
Bottle no: 84
The Ultimate Whisky Co. NL
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.
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
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
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.
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.
2 x 12,500 l
2 x 7,236 l
6 x 40,500 l
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The distillery is founded by Alexander Wilson & Co which builds it using equipment from the disused Tochineal Distillery
Buckie Town Council purchases the site after Alexander Wilson & Co goes bankrupt
Arthur Bell & Sons buys Inchgower for £3,000
Inchgower's capacity is doubled with the addition of two new stills
Arthur Bell & Sons is acquired by Guinness
DCL merges with Arthur Bell, creating United Distillers
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1997 - present
1987 - 1997
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Arthur Bell & Sons
1938 - 1985
Buckie Town Council
1936 - 1938
Alexander Wilson & Co
1871 - 1936
The Inchgower distillery was founded as ‘The Great Distillery of Inchgower’ in 1871 by Alexander Wilson and Co. It was intended that Inchgower would utilise the buildings and equipment of the old Tochieneal Distillery. The Inchgower distillery lies in Banffshire not far from the mouth of the River Spey and just on the outskirts of the fishing town, Buckie. The distillery was bought out by Buckie Town Council in 1936, following the bankruptcy of Alexander Wilson and Co. Two years later Arthur Bell and Sons acquired the distillery for £3,000.
During the 1960s Arthur Bell and Sons renovated the distillery and installed a further two stills, doubling the total capacity to a little less than two million litres annually. They also included Inchgower Scotch whisky as a component in the popular Bells blend, the vast majority of whisky produced at the distillery, as much as 99%, is used as a blending component. In 1985, Guinness acquired the distillery, and following the merger with Grand Metropolitan, Inchgower is currently under the watchful eye of Diageo. Despite being a relatively small-scale distillery, Inchgower boasts thirteen onsite warehouses which hold up to 60,000 casks. There have been very few official releases, though independent bottlings are available.