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Distillery in Focus:           Glenlochy
Region: Highlands
Name: Glenlochy(“Valley of the black goddess”).
Status: Closed in 1983. Dismantled in 1986. Converted in a guest house
Website & E-mail: N/A
Telephone: N/A
Address: Fort William,
Visitor centre: No
Owner: Last owner was Distillers Company Ltd (Diageo)
Established in 1898.
Stills: 1 Wash and 1 Spirit stills.
Percentage of single malts: 0%
Casks used for maturation were bourbon casks and 2nd fill sherry casks.

Regular Bottling:

Diageo (UDV) has released some Glenlochy official bottlings in their Rare Malts series. They were bottled distilled in 1969 and 1971. Douglas Laing, Gordon McPhails, Duncan Taylor and Signatory have bottled a few versions of Glenlochy.

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History:

David McAndie of the Glenlochy-Fort William Distillery Co. laid the distillery foundations in 1898. The buildings were completed in 1900 and finally, the distillery was on business in 1901. The distillery had to close during the First World War, from 1917 and onwards but reopened in 1924, after a group of English brewers bought the distillery in 1920 when it was forced in liquidation. The new owners failed to make any profits and the distillery closed again in 1926. A motor hirer, Thomas Leslie Rankin bought the distillery in 1934 and sold it in 1937 to Train and McIntyre who transferred it to its subsidiary, Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd in 1938, who restarted production. Train and McIntyre was taken over in 1953 by The Distillers Company Limited, who transferred it to its subsidiary, the Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. The distillery was modernised between 1960 and 1976. In 1983 the distillery was closed and in 1991 it was sold to West Coast Inns for development as a guesthouse.

Source: The Scotch Whisky Distilleries by Misako Udo and Rare Malts by Ulf Buxrud. P.Brossard 01Feb07.

Tasted whiskies:

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Age  
   
Vintages  

 

Independent bottlings (IB)  
Douglas Laing  
Glenlochy 1975 OMC, Douglas Laing, 50%, B: 2001, 258 b. Rating: 16/20
   
Gordon & MacPhail  
Glenlochy 1974 Connoisseurs Choice, Gordon & MacPhail, 40%, B: 1980s Rating: 13/20
   
Signatory  
Glenlochy 1982, 27 YO, Signatory, 52.8%, B: 2010. Cask 2649, 265 bottles Rating: 15/20
   
Scotch Malt Whisky Society  
Glenlochy 1980 (62.14), 26 YO, SMWS, 52.8%, 121 bottles Rating: 11/20