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KINCLAITH   22 years old 40%               
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1966
Bottled 1988
Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

KINCLAITH   23 years old 40%              
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1967
Bottled 1990
Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

KINCLAITH   26 years old 40%                  
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1967
Bottled 1993
Proprietors: Long John Distillers Ltd
Gordon & Macpahil, Elgin

KINCLAITH   20 years old 46 %               
Distilled March 1965
Bottled March 1985
Sherry Wood Matured
Proprietors: Long John Distilleries Ltd
Wm. Cadhead, 18 Golden Square, Aberdeen

KINCLAITH    35 years old  54 %       INFO        
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
RARE RESERVE
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled on the 28th of May 1969
Drawn from Cask on the 3rd August 2004
Matured in a Sherry Hogshead for over 420 months
Cask Number 301443
217 Numbered Decanters
Long John Distillers
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh


Lowlands
KINCLAITH  (1955 - 1977)

Glasgow. Licentiehouder: Seager, Evans & Co, Ltd. Eigendom van Schenley Industries, New York. Eigendom van Glen Alden Corporation.
Gesloten en ontmanteld in 1976 - 1977.
In 1953 werden de beperkingen op het maken van whisky door de regering afgeschaft en een overname en uitbreidingsgolf was het gevolg.
James Seager en William Evans begonnen in 1805 te Londen met het produceren van o.a. gin.
In 1898 verkocht Sir Frederick Seager Hunt zijn aandeel in de firma en deze ging verder onder de naam Seager, Evans & Co, Ltd.
In 1927 werd door hun dochteronderneming Scottish Grain Distilling Co, Ltd, de Strath-clyde graandistilleerderij gebouwd.
In 1936 werd de wijn- en drankenfirma Chaplin's of Tower Hill overgenomen die eigenaar was van het merk Long John.
Glenugie werd gekocht in 1937.
In 1955 werd de malt whisky distilleerderij Kinclaith gebouwd, in het gebouwencomplex van de Strathclyde graandistilleerderij.
Het was een geheel op zichzelf staande distilleerderij met eigen lagerpakhuizen met aarden vloeren. De maalderij en brouwerij waren aan de achterkant van het gebouwen-complex, op de eerste verdieping gelegen, en de gistkuipen stonden halfweg de distil-leerderij op de 2e en 3e verdieping.
Het ketelhuis was gelegen aan de noordkant en besloeg de gehele hoogte van het gebouw. Een tweetal ketels waren uitgerust met reinigers tussen de nekken en de concensors.
Deze ketels waren uienvormig, klein en hoog.
Kinclaith had één wash still en één spirit still.
Hoewel Kinclaith was bedoeld als ingredient in de Long John blends, was de kwaliteit zo-danig om als single malt whisky te worden gebotteld.
Het is een heel fruitige, ronde, iets zoete single malt whisky met in de geur en smaak gember en citrusvruchten.
Zowel Gordon & Macphail als Wm. Cadenhead hebben Kinclaith gebotteld.
Schenley Industries, New York, het eigendom van Glen Alden Corporation nam Seager, Evans & Co, Ltd in 1956 over.
The Tormore wordt opgestart in 1959.
In 1962 wordt een 25 % belang genomen in Laphroaig.
In 1969 wordt Glen Alden Corporation, eigenaar van Schenley Industries overgenomen door Rapid American Incoporated.
Ook in 1969 wordt de produktie beperkt in Strathclyde, Kinclaith, Glenugie, Laphroaig en in The Tormore en andere deelnemingen worden stopgezet.
In 1971 werd de naam Seager, Evans & Co, Ltd veranderd in Long John International. In 1972 worden de resterende aandelen in Laphroaig overgenomen.
In 1975 wordt Long John International overgenomen door de bierbrouwers Whitbread, toen ook al de eigenaars van Ben Nevis en werden het merk Long John en de oorspronkelijke distilleerderij van Long John herenigd.

In 1976 werd besloten de graandistilleerderij Strathclyde uit te breiden, ging dit ten koste van Kinclaith, die moest plaatsmaken voor de uitbreiding en werd ontmanteld in 1976 - 1977.
In 1988 wordt Ben Nevis verkocht aan The Nikka Whisky Distilling Co, Ltd. Japan. In 1990 worden The Tormore en Laphroaig verkocht aan Allied Distillers Ltd.
September 2001
Andrew Symington van Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, te Edinburgh ontdekt nog een vat Kinclaith.
Deze Ontdekking werd gedistilleerd op 4.3.1975, gelagerd in vat nummer 300029 en gebotteld op 23.7.2001 met 54,3 %.
Dit vat leverde 163 flessen op.
Allied Distillers Februari 2003
Dumbarton Distillery sluit. Het komplex waar ook het hoofdkantoor van Allied was gevestigd, hergde ook de Dumbarton Grain distilleerderij, en ook werden de malt whiskies Lomond, waarvan slechts één botteling bekend is, uitgebracht door de Scotch Malt Whisky Society, The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh onder code nummer 98.1, en Inverleven.
De capaciteit van de Grain distilleerderij Strathclyde wordt vergroot tot 39 miljoen liter spirit per jaar, dat was 32 miljoen liter.
Het hoofdkantoor wordt gevestigd te Kilmalid.
Het enorme gebouwencomplex is verkocht aan twee projectontwikkelaars.

1957   Seager Evans Limited builds the distillery on the site of the grain distillery
             Strathclyde
  
1958   Production starts

1971   Seager Evans Limited changes name to Long John International Ltd

1975   Schenley Industries sells Long John International Ltd to Whitbread & Co
and Kinclaith is dismantled.
Strathclyde continues to produce gran whisky

Water source Loch Katrine
Grain whisky production using Coffey continuous stills
Strathclyde Distillery History 1927-
Strathclyde distillery was built in1927 by Seager Evans on the South bank of the river Clyde, Approximately 1 mile southeast of the city centre.
As with most of the large grain distilleries information is difficult to obtain.
Seager Evans was purchased by the American firm Shcenley Industries in 1956 and placed the distillery under the control of Long John Distilleries who managed Schenley’s Scottish whisky portfolio.  
Kinclaith Distillery History within Strathclyde Distillery 1957-1975
  
Long John built the Kinclaith malt distillery within the Strathclyde plant n 1957. The distillery operated a pair of pot stills and produced a slightly smoky full-bodied Lowland Malt whisky. Most of the malt whisky produced went in to the Long John Blend. Kinclaith was the last malt distillery built in Glasgow.
During 1975 Long John acquired by the brewers Whitbread & Co who promptly closed the Kinclaith distillery and was dismantled in favour of developing the grain distillation. Installing new Coffey stills and neutral spirit stills to provide for gin and vodka.
This was similar to other malt distilleries within grain complexes. Such as:
Ben Wyvis (Malt) built within Invergordan. Glenflagler and Killyloch (Malt) built within Garheath and Ladyburn (Malt) built within Girvan, in these locations the malt plant was removed for grain expansion.
Strathclyde Current Owners are Allied Distillers
Strathclyde Distillery Bottlings
No official Bottlings
Strathclyde Distillery Independent Bottlings  
Duncan Taylor
Kinclaith Distillery Bottlings
No official Bottlings
Kinclaith Distillery Independent Bottlings
Cadenhead,
Duncan Taylor,
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Strathclyde Grain Distillery
Kinclaith Malt Whisky Distillery
Strathclyde Distillery Information
Current Owners Allied Distillers
Location Lowlands
Water source Loch Katrine
Grain whisky production using Coffey continuous stills
Strathclyde Distillery History 1927-
Strathclyde distillery was built in1927 by Seager Evans on the South bank of the river Clyde, Approximately 1 mile southeast of the city centre.
As with most of the large grain distilleries information is difficult to obtain.
Seager Evans was purchased by the American firm Shcenley Industries in 1956 and placed the distillery under the control of Long John Distilleries who managed Schenley’s Scottish whisky portfolio.  
Kinclaith Distillery History within Strathclyde Distillery 1957-1975
  
Long John built the Kinclaith malt distillery within the Strathclyde plant n 1957. The distillery operated a pair of pot stills and produced a slightly smoky full-bodied Lowland Malt whisky. Most of the malt whisky produced went in to the Long John Blend. Kinclaith was the last malt distillery built in Glasgow.
During 1975 Long John acquired by the brewers Whitbread & Co who promptly closed the Kinclaith distillery and was dismantled in favour of developing the grain distillation. Installing new Coffey stills and neutral spirit stills to provide for gin and vodka.
This was similar to other malt distilleries within grain complexes. Such as:
Ben Wyvis (Malt) built within Invergordan. Glenflagler and Killyloch (Malt) built within Garheath and Ladyburn (Malt) built within Girvan, in these locations the malt plant was removed for grain expansion.
Strathclyde Current Owners are Allied Distillers
Strathclyde Distillery Bottlings
No official Bottlings
Strathclyde Distillery Independent Bottlings  
Duncan Taylor
Kinclaith Distillery Bottlings
No official Bottlings
Kinclaith Distillery Independent Bottlings
Cadenhead,
Duncan Taylor,
Gordon & MacPhail

Kinclaith was a modern distillery compared to the historic Glaswegian malt plants that preceded it. Its whisky, which was slightly smoky and full-bodied, was never officially bottled as a single malt though no doubt much of it went into the Long John blend, which Seager Evans had acquired through its purchase of WH Chaplin wine merchant in 1936 (which had themselves bought the name from the successors to Long John Macdonald at Ben Nevis distillery).

Glasgow was once one of Scotland’s great whisky capitals, a hub for blending and distilling with operations situated across the city. Sadly, by the time Seager Evans & Co. installed two copper pot stills in its Strathclyde grain plant in 1957, they were the only ones producing malt whisky in Glasgow.

The Strathclyde facility was built on the site of an old cotton mill on the south side of the River Clyde in 1927. Its remit was to produce both grain whisky and neutral grain spirit for its owner’s gin brands.

Before the installation of Kinclaith’s stills on-site, Seager had already moved into Scotch whisky with the acquisition of the Long John brand in 1936 and Glenugie distillery in Peterhead the following year.

The mid-1900s saw several dual-operational malt and grain plants spring up across Scotland at distilleries including Garnheath, Lochside and Invergordon. It became something of a North American speciality.

Strathclyde’s malt distillery, Kinclaith, was no different. The stills, which were installed the year after the group was bought out by New York’s Schenley Industries, ran for 18 years until 1975 when Seager Evans was sold on to British brewer Whitbread. Seeing a more prosperous future in grain whisky and neutral grain spirit, Whitbread removed Kinclaith’s stills the very same year to increase Strathclyde’s production capacity.

Today Strathclyde remains the only grain distillery in Glasgow and is operated by Chivas Brothers.

1927
London distiller Seager Evans & Co builds the Strathclyde grain distillery in Glasgow
1936
Seager Evans acquires the Long John blended Scotch whisky brand
1937
Peterhead distillery Glenugie joins Seager Evans' portfolio
1957
Two copper pot stills are installed at Strathclyde and named Kinclaith
1975
The business is sold to Whitbread, and Kinclaith's stills are ripped out
OWNERS

Pernod Ricard
2005 - present
CURRENT OWNER

Chivas Brothers Holdings
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Allied Domecq
1994 - 2005
Allied Lyons
1990 - 1994
Whitbread & Co
1975 - 1990
Schenley Industries
1956 - 1975
Seager Evans
1927 - 1956
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