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KILLYLOCH   22 years old 52.6 %      INFO            
VINTAGE 1972
Distilled 21.3.72
Bottled 6.94
Matured in sherry casks
Cask no. 206413
230 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh


Lowlands
KILLYLOCH   (1965 1976)   zie ook GLEN FLAGLER, MOFFAT
                                                             en GARNHEATH
                        
Inver House Distillers, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.
Van deze single malt werd verondersteld dat de naam Lillyloch was, ook de naam van de waterbron aan de rand van Airdrie.
Maar op het tijdstip dat deze single malt whisky werd gebotteld bleek dat er Killyloch was gelezen.
Omdat deze single malt whisky toch nooit eerder als single malt was gebotteld werd besloten de naam op de flessen Killyloch te laten.


Short-lived malt distillery incorporated into Airdrie’s Moffat complex beside Glen Flagler.


This lightly-peated whisky was produced mainly as a filling for blends, and as such was never really officially bottled as a single malt aside from a 36-year-old released by Inver House in 2003. Due to its short lifespan, very little of Killyloch’s liquid remains in existence, though Inver House describes its as ‘light on peat, heavy in aromas, with a complex yet soft character, smooth with a citrus spicy finish’.

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
Islebrae


It’s said the distillery’s name came about after casks of spirit produced at this Lowland distillery were incorrectly stamped Killyloch, as opposed to Lilly Loch after its nearby water source.

Killyloch’s stills were incorporated into the Glen Flagler malt distillery in 1965. The two distilleries were situated within the Moffat complex in Airdrie alongside the Garnheath grain distillery as well as – later on – a blending and bottling operation plus the largest commercial maltings in Europe.

While Killyloch itself was a lightly-peated whisky, its stills also produced the heavily peated Islebrae.

Sadly it was never bottled as a single malt during its lifetime and its stills were decommissioned in the early 1970s. Glen Flagler and Garnheath followed suit in 1985/86, and the distillery buildings eventually bulldozed a few years later.

TIMELINE

1964
Publicker Industries establishes Inver House Distillers and begins construction of a major malt and grain distillery complex in Airdrie
1965
Garnheath, Glen Flagler and Killyloch distilleries all begin production at the Moffat complex
1968
Moffat Wanderhaufen box maltings are opened on the Airdrie site
Early 1970s
Killyloch's stills are decommissioned
1978
Moffat maltings sold to Associated British Maltsters

1985
Glen Flagler's stills fall silent
1986
Garnheath is also closed after 22 years of operation
1988
The Moffat complex is demolished save for the warehousing and bottling facilities
OWNERS

International Beverage Holdings logo
PARENT COMPANY

International Beverage Holdings
2006 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Inver House Distillers
1964 - present

ISLEBRAE

Islebrae was the name given to the heavily peated Lowland malt whisky produced from Killyloch distillery’s stills. Having only been produced for little more than five short years, and with all its liquid destined for blends, it’s thought very little, if any, Islebrae exists today.

PRODUCED AT
Killyloch

Inver House Distillers, a subsidiary of Philadelphia’s Publicker Industries, built the Moffat distilling complex in Airdrie in 1964/5 to produce malt and grain whisky for its blends.

The malt operation comprised of four or six stills (sources vary) – half produced the unpeated Glen Flagler, which was bottled as a single malt as well as in blends, while the others were designated a separate distillery called Killyloch.

Killyloch’s spirit was a lightly peated liquid earmarked for blending only, though its stills also produced the heavily peated whisky brand Islebrae. Again, Islebrae’s purpose was to provide a filling for blends, and was never bottled as a single malt.

Following a period of instability for the company, Killyloch’s stills were switched off in the early 1970s, with Glen Flagler’s following shortly after in 1985. The following year Garnheath was also closed, and Moffat’s grand distilling complex fell silent.

The distillery buildings were demolished by Inver House in 1988, though the site’s warehousing and blending and bottling facilities remain as part of the group’s headquarters.

TIMELINE

1964
Construction begins on the Moffat distilling complex at Airdrie
1965
Moffat's Killyloch distillery begins production, alongside Glen Flagler and Garnheath distilleries
Early 1970s
Killyloch's stills are decommissioned, as is the Islebrae single malt
1988
With the whole complex now silent, the main distillery buildings are demolished
OWNERS

International Beverage Holdings


PARENT COMPANY

International Beverage Holdings
2006 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Inver House Distillers
1964 - present
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