Ruins of Lindores Abbey

Whisky History: Lindores Abbey, where it all began…?

Lindores Abbey on the outskirts of Newburgh, Fife, where the first documented production of Scotch whisky took place in 1494. Well, OK, it might have been 1495 (the records are not that clear) but somewhere between June 1494 and June 1495  ‘eight bolls of malt’ where sold to a Tironsenian monk, Friar John Cor, to produce aqua vitae (water of life, Scottish Gaelic: Uisge beatha, which later … Continue reading Whisky History: Lindores Abbey, where it all began…?

Maltbarn, Brora Distillery

Whisky, that was – Brora Distillery

The original Clynelish Distillery – later re-named Brora – went silent in 1983 after operating along its newer neighbour, the (new) Clynelish for 14 years. All the equipment is still there, an inquisitive visitor can still see the stills through the dirty windows. (All Images Copyright 2015 Johann Brandstaetter) The old Clynelish Distillery was founded by the Marquis of Stafford (later the first Duke of … Continue reading Whisky, that was – Brora Distillery