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The distilleries

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One of the great paradoxes of single malt is that it is often that refined that people could think it has been produced with love by some old experienced craftsman. But the reality is different. marketing of single malt as such represents a very small part of the whisky production. Most of the malt whisky is produced for blends When whisky was merely distributed within Scotland, the distilleries sold most of their production as single malt. Since massive export of whisky began with the invention of the blended whisky , most of the distilleries just produce for blenders, en put only 2 or 3% of their production on the market as single malt.

Whisky in Scotland has become big industry. There is no traditional malt any more (with some exceptions like Bladnoch). To give an idea of the scale, a average distillery like Dalwhinnie or Cardhu produce about 1.500.000 litres of whisky a year, and other ones, often unknown by the general public, like Dailuaine, Glen Grant or Glen Keith produce respectively 2.100.000, 5.200.000 and 3.800 000 litres a year. In front of those impressing figures, just one question:

Who owns the distilleries?

The business world is changing rapidly. The world of whisky does not escape to this rule. If you notice errors in the table of the owners, please let me know, so I can correct the data on this site.

Owner Status Name distillery

Angus Dundee Distillers


Active Glencadam
Tomintoul

The BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd


Active Benriach
Glendronach

Rémy Cointreau


Active Bruichladdich

Berry Bros & Rudd Ltd


Active Glenrothes

Burn Stewart Distillers


Active Bunnahabhain
Deanston
Tobermory

Campari


Active Glen Grant

The Edrington Group


Active Glenturret
Highland Park
The Macallan
Grain North British (joint venture with Diageo)

Fortune Brands (2006: Beam Global Spirits & Wine )


Active Ardmore
Laphroaig

Glenmorangie Plc (LVMH)


Active Ardbeg
Glenmorangie

Gordon & MacPhail


Active Benromach

Historic Scotland


Museum Dallas Dhu

Ian Mc Leod


Active Glengoyne
Tamdhu

Inver House Distillers Ltd


Active Balmenach
Balblair
Knockdhu
Pulteney
Speyburn
Demolished Garnheath

Isle of Arran Distillers Co. Plc.


New Arran

J. & G. Grant


Active Glenfarclas

J. and A. Mitchell


Active Springbank

John Dewar's and Sons (Bacardi)


Active Aberfeldy
Brackla
Craigellachie
Macduff

Loch Lomond Distillery Co Ltd


Active Loch Lomond
Closed Littlemill
Sporadic production Glen Scotia

La Martiniquaise

Active Glen Moray

Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd (Suntory)


Active Auchentoshan
Bowmore
Glen Garioch

Nikka Whisky Distilling Company Ltd


Active Ben Nevis

Pernod Ricard


Active Aberlour
Allt-A-Bhainne
Braeval (Braes of Glenlivet)
Glenallachie
Glenburgie
Glen Keith
Glenlivet
Glentauchers
Longmorn
Miltonduff
Scapa
Strathclyde
Strathisla
Tormore
Mothballed Imperial
Closed Caperdonich
Dumbarton
Destroyed Lochside

Raymond Armstrong


Active Bladnoch

Scaent Group Ltd.

Active Glenglassaugh

Signatory Vintage


Active Edradour

Speyside Distillery Co. Ltd


Active Speyside

Takara, Shuzo and Okura & Co Ltd


Active Tomatin

Picard, Vins et Spiritueux

Active Tullibardine

United Distillers & Vintners (Diageo)


Active Auchroisk/The Singleton
Benrinnes
Blair Athol
Caol Ila
Cardhu
Clynelish
Cragganmore
Dailuaine
Dalwhinnie
Dufftown
Glen Elgin
Glen Ord
Glen Spey
Glendullan
Glenkinchie
Glenlossie
Inchgower
Knockando
Lagavulin
Linkwood
Lochnagar
Mortlach
Oban
Strathmill
Talisker
Teaninich
Destroyed Banff
Glen Albyn
Glenesk
Glenlochy
Glenury Royal
Glen Mhor
Millburn
North Port
Pittyvaich
St Magdalene
Mothballed Mannochmore
Closed Brora
Coleburn
Port Ellen
Rosebank
Grain whisky Cameronbridge
North British (joint venture with Edrington)
North of Scotland (closed)
Port Dundas

Whitbread (Long John International


(when the distillery has been destroyed)
Destroyed Glenugie

Whyte and Mackay


Active Dalmore
Fettercairn
Jura
Mothballed Tamnavulin
Single grain Invergordon

William Grant & Sons


Active Glenfiddich
The Balvenie
Girvan
Closed Convalmore
Ladyburn

Anthony Wills

Active Kilchoman
Last modified: January 04 2014 16:30:49.
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