Scotland: Whisky & Distilleries
near Edinburgh, Glenkinchie is with Auchentoshan one
of the last active distilleries in the Lowlands. The distillery
was originally named Milton Distillery and has been founded between
1825 and 1833.
The distillery was founded by the brothers George and John Rate who probably renamed it near 1837. The Rate brothers were bankrupt in 1853 and the installations were sold to a local farmer who converted the distillery in a sawmill and a cowshed.
When the consumption of whisky resumed in the 1880's, the distillery has been bought and restored by an Edinburgh blender in 1881. The rebuilding took about 10 years.
The distillery became part of the D.C.L (Distillers Company Ltd.) in 1914 and stopped using its own malting floors in 1969.
The DCL became later part of UDV (United Distillers and Vintners, current owners of the distillery).
The distillery has been little-known for years, and became famous when it has been integrated in the "Classic Malts" collection in 1988. The distillery is a visit worth, because of its distillation museum.
The malt is also used in blends, among others Haig, Johnny Walker Red and Black Label,Buchanan and Dimple
The visit to the Glenkinchie distillery is rather traditional,
and perfectly in the style of visits organised by great industral
groups like Diageo.
The distillery is important from the point of view of toursme, as it is the only one in the close neighbourhood of Edimburgh.
The visit is guided by a charming lady who actually kwows her matter quite good, but who misses the real experience, like it is very often the case with this kind of visits. This unlike the visit of Caol Ila for instance (even if Caol Ila belongs to the same group), where the visit is guided by a former worker of the distillery, who spent 30 years of his life making whisky.
However, the visit of Glenkinchie is warmly recommanded, not really because of the distillery itself, but because of the very nice distillery museum it hostes.
A very nice and pedagocical scale model makes understanding ot the working of a distillery and the making of whisky process very clear.
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