The silent Parkmore Distillery

Whisky, that was: Parkmore Distillery

The Parkmore Distillery in Dufftown is largely unknown, even among whisky enthusiasts, for the simple reason that there is nothing left of its whisky. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter) The short history of the Parkmore Distillery started during the late Victorian boom years, in 1894. Over the next few decades it was sold and re-sold several times, and eventually ended up in the hands of Scottish … Continue reading Whisky, that was: Parkmore Distillery

View from a former warehouse, Ballechin Distillery

Scotch Whisky History: Ballechin Distillery

The Ballechin Distillery, east of Aberfeldy in Perthshire, closed for good in 1927 and only some ruins remain right beside the A827 today. However, recently Ballechin whisky was granted a new lease of life… Founded in 1810, the Ballechin Distillery was already in operation for more than 70 years when the famous Alfred Barnard visited it. He noted that it was built in an L-shape, the front … Continue reading Scotch Whisky History: Ballechin Distillery

Praying to the whisky god!

Gallery: The Wood, That Makes The Whisky

Arguably the single most important contribution to the character of Scotch whisky as we know it comes from the maturation. Here is a tribute to the often overlooked oak cask… (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Before the middle of the 19th century whisky was by and large drunk unaged. Later, wine merchants began storing their precious booze in … Continue reading Gallery: The Wood, That Makes The Whisky

Ex-Bourbon barrels, Coleburn Distillery

Whisky, that was – Coleburn Distillery

Founded in 1897, during the boom years of the late Victorian age, the Coleburn Distillery quietly produced a largely unremarkable malt whisky until the mid-1980s. (All images Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Almost all the output went into blended whiskies and it is quite rare to find a Coleburn bottled as single malt (for example in Gordon & Macphail’s Connoisseurs … Continue reading Whisky, that was – Coleburn Distillery

Bung and bung cloth

Pic of the Month: Bung and Bung Cloth

Bung and bung cloth in a disused whisky cask at the Coleburn Distillery. (Image Copyright Johann Brandstaetter, for terms image use please click here) Traditionally and up to the 1980s whisky casks were closed with soft bungs, stoppers made from cork. Since they were not only prone to leakage, but also made it very easy to nick some of the contents from the casks, they have … Continue reading Pic of the Month: Bung and Bung Cloth

Stillhouse, Tullibardine Distillery

Gallery: Distillery Stillhouses in Scotland

The beating, pumping heart of every malt whisky distillery is the stillhouse. It does not matter whether there are only two tiny stills inside or an impressive array of huge ones, here is what we perceive as the centre of whisky production! And it matters not that the production hinges as much on the washbacks or the mashtun as on the stills. No part of … Continue reading Gallery: Distillery Stillhouses in Scotland

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