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Single
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Issue 1
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Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
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Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
Single Malts  Magazine Issue 1
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  1. 1. Single malts Issue 1 For isk Enthusiasts The Whisky & Cigars kindred By Felix Hartmann InsIde speysIde sPiriT Ronnie Cox gets up The heartland of Speyside as close and personal you’ve never seen it before Changing Times Scotland’s leading export is undergoing a seismic shift The Cooper’s ArT Win a ViP TriP To sCoTland SINGLE MALTS 1
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  3. 3. xxxxxx editor’s Toast Editor’s ToasT W elcome! Just like a new whisky, a new magazine takes time to create, to develop its own particular style and flavour in order to capture the true spirit of Scotland. But we’ve done it! I hope you enjoy our efforts. Come with us on a journey around Scotland, as we delve into the many facets of a fascinating industry. We welcome Ronnie Cox, Master of the Glenrothes, who talks about this distillers’ dram. Felix Hartmann joins us from the Burj Al Arab, to pair a dram with a smoke, and introduces us to some of the inside secrets of Cuban cigars. We’ve a round up of the latest news. recipe suggestions and a look at the art of cooperage. We take a trip along the latest whisky trails, plus you can even win a fantastic trip to five of Scotland’s finest distilleries! In fact there’s so much packed into this inaugural issue, why not pull up a chair, pour yourself a good dram and dive in. Slainte Mhath! John Gillespie next issue • We get up close and personal with Laphroaig Master Blender Robert Hicks • We explore the regions of Islay • We follow the launch of Macallan Lalique and Glenfiddich 50YO • Focus on Japanese whiskies • Behind the scenes of Glenfiddich barrel art • And much, much more ask The experts There is so much to find out about malt whiskies. The trick is not to be daunted. Ask our experts at singlemalt@mmi.ae who are always willing to share their www.smokehead.co.uk passion and knowledge. Smokehead encourages responsible drinking. 4 SINGLE MALTS Available at leading outlets worldwide. SINGLE MALTS 5
  4. 4. Contents 36 Monarch of the Glenfiddich 14 Whisky & Cigars Contents 8 The Kindred Spirit 10 Top 10 12 Interesting Times 14 Whisky & Cigars 18 Inside Speyside 22 Competition 24 The Malt Whisky Trails 26 Hotspots of Dubai 28 Whisky: All You Need To Know, Distilled… 31 Nose of the Month 32 The Cooper’s Art 34 Whisky & Cigar Pairings 36 Monarch of the Glenfiddich 38 Events 40 Cocktail Recipes 52 Le Clos 42 46 52 54 The World’s Most Expensive Cocktail What’s New? Le Clos Join us at Single Malts Society 6 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 7
  5. 5. the kindred The glenrothes Q&a MMI: What makes the Glenrothes so special? RC: Maturity matters, not age. Malt Whiskies mature at different rates. The sPiriT Glenrothes is bottled only when mature, at its peak and ready to be enjoyed. By contrast an age statement tells the age of a whisky, not its maturity. This philosophy is embodied by both the Vintages and Select Reserve and reflects 300 years of wine & spirit knowledge by London’s oldest wine merchant. MMI: Where does Glenrothes’ flavour BRANd AMBASSAdOR RONNiE COx TALKS ABOUT ONE come from? OF ThE WhiSKy iNdUSTRy’S BEST KEpT SECRETS RC: It’s all about flavour sixty per cent a Cask Wood influence and forty per cent sk a Master Blender to nominate one of itself was established on the banks of the Rothes Burn, distilling. Reputation amongst Speyside’s finest whiskies, and the name that though it drew its water from the Arcanny Spring. Initially Blenders for body, complexity and comes up time and again may be a surprise. operating with a single pair of stills, the first whisky flavour because of: Those in the know reckon The Glenrothes is flowed on December 28th 1879, the very same day as the • Very tall stills and unusually slow just about as good as it gets: a classic Speyside dram with Tay Bridge disaster. distillation; sweet, clean, fruity and peardrop, citrus and grassy elements, all wrapped up in The distillery suffered a few disasters of its own, being elegant spirit a delicious creamy texture and long, smooth finish. So badly damaged in a major fire in 1897. However, the • Scotland’s most stringent wood policy why is it not better known? Well, for most of its history, rebuild enabled the addition of a second pair of stills. and maturation knowledge the fabulous production of the Glenrothes Distillery has Despite an explosion in 1903 and another fire in 1922, • perfect balance of flavours; no one been used as the backbone of certain the distillery soldiered on, surviving dominant element whiskies of which you have certainly the war, American Prohibition and • Careful cask selection: only two heard, namely Cutty Sark, Famous economic turmoil of the time. In per cent of casks selected for Grouse, J&B and Chivas. 1963, another pair of stills was added, Single Malt: rarity and quality guaranteed But you can’t keep a good followed again by the addition of MMI: Can you explain the rational distillery down, and what had been further pairs in 1980 and 1989. behind the different vintages? an occasional bottling of well-aged The distillery is now a powerhouse RC: Each vintage is unique. We bottle casks (if you ever find a bottle of The of production, though it retains for the differences, not for conformity. Glenrothes 30 Year Old, do not let it the unusually tall stills and slow The four core flavours of Glenrothes out of your sight!) began the uniquely distillation that endow the whisky are found in Select Reserve: ripe Fruits, Glenrothes tradition of bottling produced with such character. Citrus, Vanilla, with Spice on the finish, ‘Vintages’ rather than Ages. And so “a calming But it is not just in distillation that all encased in a creamy texture. Unlike The Glenrothes began to find a wider and comforting The Glenrothes is fanatical, it also aged products, Vintages are chosen for their differences. dram…ideal for and very appreciative following. pays particular attention to the process Today, The Glenrothes is known of maturation. The distillery operates The wood used and balance of casks as The Kindred Spirit. It’s that whisky taking you away Scotland’s most stringent wood policy, chosen ensures the variations. Unique you would choose to share with your closest and most trusted friends, who from the rush and has unique depth of skill and knowledge of the effect of the cask on and Scarce: when finished a Vintage can never be repeated. share your love and appreciation and dash. like a the finished whisky. This fanaticism of the finer things. You feel that leisurely walk in a lies at the heart of The Glenrothes’ Ronnie luxurious garden instinctive connection, a mutual unique approach to bottling. All Cox understanding and recognition of whiskies mature at different rates, so on a late summer looking exceptional quality, real craftsmanship the distillery bottles on maturity, rather cool and understatement. The Glenrothes distillery has kept afternoon.” than age. Whiskies are selected for bottling when they are at their peak, – ronnie Cox Brand ambassador Facts & Figures a low profile, quietly going about the rather than at a set number of years. business of making superlative whisky This philosophy is embodied in a range Tasting Review 1994 and maturing it to perfection. But it was not always so. Founded in 1870, the company began as a partnership of Vintages, Single Cask bottling and the Select Reserve. In pursuit of that perfection, The Glenrothes runs its • Berry Brothers & Rudd - Oldest Wine & Spirit Merchant in UK, trading from same site in central London for 300+ yrs Tasting notes between James Stuart (who took over the Macallan license own cooperage onsite at the distillery, giving it absolute • A medium-sized, family owned company. Supplied Appearance: Autumn gold, clear & bright in 1868), and bankers John Cruikshank, William Grant control of the casks selected for filling and maturation. the British Royal family since 1760 Bouquet: Rich, mature aroma, berry fruits, and Robert Dick. John Stuart later left due to financial More than half of the flavour enjoyed in a whisky is due • Volume 4m cases. Sales £200m + vanilla and white chocolate problems, but the others carried the business forward as to the time it spends in cask, and the quality of that cask • Barcelona & N.E. Spain account for over 15 Palate: Soft, mature palate, coconut, William Grant & Co. In 1887, this business was merged is obviously critical to the final quality of finished dram. per cent of global sales: “One in every ten vanilla, butterscotch with the Islay Distillery Co. (owners of Bunnahabhain) Only around two per cent of casks are judged suitable for bottles drunk in Barcelona is The Glenrothes.” Finish: Long, vanilla, sweet finish to form Highland Distillers Company Ltd. The distillery maturing the Single Malt. 8 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 9
  6. 6. Top 10 Where to Find a ToP 10 single malTs good dram FEATURiNG OVER 20 SiNGLE MALT, iNCLUdiNG By Volume 2008 8 OF TOp 10 iN ThE WORLd, ANd FURThER 20 BRand Volume 9 liTRe CaSeS % CagR 03-08 MORE BRANdS AVAiLABLE ON REqUEST, ThERE’S SOMEThiNG FOR EVERyONE Glenfiddich........................ 1,107,000 ..............................................+10% The Glenlivet..................... 585,000 .................................................+13% dubai Flagship retail store The Macallan ..................... 567,000 ...................................................+9% Al Wasl ....................................Tel: 04 232 5522 Glen Grant ........................ 324,160 ....................................................-4% Mall of Emirates .......................Tel: 04 341 0371 Glenmorangie ................... 346,000 ...................................................+1% Ibn Battuta ..............................Tel: 04 368 5626 Cardhu ............................... 274,000 ...................................................+5% Trade Centre ...........................Tel: 04 352 3091 Aberlour ............................ 198,000 ...................................................+2% Shiekh Zayed Road ..................Tel: 04 321 1223 Laphroaig .......................... 181,000 ...................................................+5% Balvenie............................. 163,000 ...................................................+7% Bowmore ........................... 133,000 ...................................................+2% TOTAL ......................... 5,258,000 ..................................... +6% ToP 10 exPorT markeTs 2008 Festival City, MMi’s latest retail store CounTRy Value gBP CaSeS mmi are delighted to announce the opening of our USA .................................... 371.4 million ........................... 107.1 million new flagship store in dubai Festival City. France ................................ 358.8 million ........................... 159.8 million Spain.................................. 333.3 million ........................... 102.4 million Dubai Festival City ...................Tel: 04 232 5522 Singapore .......................... 184.5 million ............................. 48.9 million Opening Hours for all stores South Korea ...................... 148.8 million ............................. 41.0 million 11:00am-9pm (Sat-Thurs). Closed Fridays Greece ............................... 113.6 million ............................. 29.6 million Germany............................ 111.0 million ............................. 39.5 million spinney’s Flagship retail stores South Africa....................... 101.4 million ............................. 44.6 million Spinneys Muroor .....................Tel: 02 641 9366 Taiwan ............................... 74.4 million ............................... 13.1 million Spinneys Khalidiya .................Tel: 02 677 0577 Venezuela .......................... 67.0 million ............................... 24.0 million Spinneys Al Ain .......................Tel: 03 763 6367 *source http://www.scotch-whisky.org.uk Opening Hours for all stores 10:00am-1pm & 4pm – 8pm (Sat-Thurs). Closed Fridays oman Flagship retail stores OUA Madinat Qaboos .................Tel: 2480 3892 SCS Azaiba...................................Tel: 2449 5157 OUA Ruwi ..................................Tel: 2470 4031 Opening Hours for all stores 9am-1pm & 5pm-9pm (Sat-Thurs). Closed Fridays Sign uP To THe Single malT SoCieTy and Find ouT aBouT wHiSky eVenTS and exCluSiVe oFFeRS THRougHouT THe uae. FoR moRe inFoRmaTion email SinglemalT@mmi.ae 10 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 11
  7. 7. Interesting industry news Turning the barley at Balvenie mill house Times MALT WhiSKy iN SCOTLANd STANdS pOiSEd ON ThE BRiNK OF SUCCESS. BUT WiLL iT industry, with the first new distillery to be built in 30 years. The Roseisle Distillery, when fully commissioned later this year, will have an annual production capacity of 10 million litres. But if it is the giants of the industry that AChiEVE iTS pOTENTiAL? are driving forward production capacities, it is the smaller and more independent P distilleries that are leading the way in erhaps more than any other defining new styles and expressions industry, scotch whisky distilling of single malt whisky. Consider The demands deep pockets, patient Glenrothes, long an industry secret, the investors and an uncanny ability bulk of which went to the production of to see into the future five, ten or fifteen some of the world’s best-known blended years hence. whiskies. Now it is being sold as a single Could you predict with confidence malt in its own right, and the distillery what your own industry will look like has taken the unique approach of bottling two decades from now? The size of your on maturity, rather than age. As a result market? The demand for your product? the Glenrothes is available as a series Consumer tastes? And yet, all these and of vintages, bottlings of selected casks more are in the minds of the people who chosen for their maturity and perfection run Scotland’s leading export industry. rather than a specific number of years. Whisky distilling, maturing and sales The resulting range is winning much support some 65,000 jobs in the UK, and praise from aficionados, and certainly bring in more than £3billion in export adds a welcome new insight into the revenue each year. That’s 25 per cent of world of single malt scotch. the entire food and drink export industry. Another distillery making waves is Even the distillery visit sector is growing, Bruichladdich, on Islay, which has broken attracting more than a million tourists into away from its very staid traditional image Scotland each year, and bringing with and is now experimenting with a range of them all of the associated benefits for highly individual bottlings, including one local accommodation, travel and tourism with a degree of notoriety, The Octomore. industries. This is the most highly peated whisky So it is a vital industry, and one that in the world, with a phenomenal count of looks to be poised for substantial growth. 80.5 ppm phenols. This is roughly double There has been a quiet revolution, the count of any other peated whisky, especially in the single malts category, and is a unique achievement for The Bruichladdich Distillery. Certainly, this is a great time for anyone with distillers large and small casting off comfortably top one million cases in bottlings of exceptional casks, including litres capacity to its current six million interested in single malt whisky. Whether the shackles of tradition and reinventing 2009, and the company has undertaken a 1976 and 1977 Vintage Reserve. Not litres annual production. The Macallan you are just starting to discover the themselves and their products, seeking an extensive revamp of its range in order for nothing is Glenfiddich known as “the range has expanded dramatically of late huge range of tastes available or are an ever more innovative methods of to broaden its appeal to both established world’s most awarded whisky”. with the introduction of its ‘Fine Oak’ established connoisseur, the combination production and new ways to engage and new consumers. In addition to its But it is far from alone. Another bottlings, a dramatic and not always of huge growth in capacity and the sheer with, inform and entertain consumers. definitive single malt, the company now notable contender is The Macallan, popular departure from the distillery’s exuberance of the modern generation of Glenfiddich remains the dominant offers bottlings at 12, 15, 18, 21, 30 and currently restoring a further six stills previous insistence on sherry cask master distillers means there’s no shortage player, selling more single malt scotch 40 years old. The company now also to full production, re-awakening them only maturation. of new experiences for you to explore and than any other distillery. Sales should produces a range of limited release from ‘silent’ to add another two million And then there is Diageo, giant of the enjoy. Fans of a good dram have a great deal to look forward to. 12 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 13
  8. 8. Whisky & Cigars Sponsored by Whisky & Cigars aT Burj al araB, The World’s mosT luxurious hoTel By FELix hARTMANN, SKyViEW BAR MMI: Felix, can you tell us a little maize and palm leaves. It wasn’t until by machines or by hand as known five different kinds of leaves. The filler leaf, contributing less to the flavor, but plants that Columbus first discovered bit about the history of cigars? Christopher Columbus sailed his famous nowadays. consists of three different leaves, all sun- standing for the ultimate symbol of in 1492. The soils contribute as much FH: It is widely believed that cigars were voyage to the Americas in 1492 that the grown they include attributes as such perfection. as the skills and heritage of the Cubans first produced and smoked in Spain, rest of the world came to know tobacco. How are Cigars made? as aroma, strength and combustibility. to produce the cigars. However, however tobacco was smoked along time The dried tobacco was given typically Premium cigars such as Cuban The filler leaves are rolled and pressed Why do Cuban cigars have the everybody’s taste is different and great before cigars were actually smoked. as a gift to people and also gifted to “Habanos” cigars are mostly hand-made together with the binder which is also reputation as being the best cigars are produced all over the Americas Tobacco originates from the Americas, Columbus crewmembers, who were (totalmente a mano) with long entire sun grown and hold the bunch together of their kind? such as the Dominican Republic, where the Maya of Yucatan and Central actually more interested in the plant than leaves (longfiller), whereas shortfiller and lends the shape of the cigars. The Cuba is known to have perfect climate Nicaragua, Honduras or Mexico. Tobacco America cultivated and smoked the the discoverer himself. Tobacco became cigars are made with broken leaves. most expensive and most difficult leaf conditions for growing the “Tabaco is also cultivated in Cameroon, the Plant. The natives smoked the dried a popular crop but was first only smoked These cigars can be made by machines to grow is the wrapper, which is shade- Negro Cubano” – native Cuban Black Canary Islands and all over Indonesia Tobacco leaves, twisted and wrapped in in pipes before the cigars were produced as well. Long filler cigars are made with grown to cultivate a more defined Tobacco – directly descended from the furthermore the USA (Connecticut) is 14 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 15
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  10. 10. inside speyside Inside F rom the source of the water to the shape of the still, its history and traditions, the way it malts its barley to the casks in which its whisky is matured – these are just some of the things which make every Single Malt Whisky distillery different. No two are the same. Each has a unique setting and story, as well sPeyside as a distinctive way of doing things that has evolved over many years. Every distillery, whether grand or humble, has a unique character, its own traditions and legends, its own particular flavour and aroma. To walk around the mash tuns, to smell the barley and sometimes peat, to watch as the pure new whisky flows through the spirit safe, to stand in a dark and cool warehouse, surrounded by thousands upon thousands of litres of maturing ThE hEART OF SCOTiSh diSTiLLiNG A landscape picture of speyside whisky, is to begin to understand the of the world’s most popular brands and Glenlivet is known as the Single Malt pumping as much spirit into barrels mystique and allure. And Speyside is best-selling single malts are produced that started it all. Today, The Glenlivet as it possibly can. Global demand has where it all began. in Speyside. distillery produces a range of bottlings, created a boom time for whisky, and the In reality Speyside is not officially The huge selection of Speyside from the 12 Year Old all the way to Speyside distilleries are well positioned a whisky region, but it is generally malts offer a variety of styles and the highly acclaimed Glenlivet Cellar to accommodate this demand. There is a accepted as a subdivision of the can generally be broken down into Collection vintage whiskies. proliferation of newer, younger whiskies Highlands Region. It ranges from two categories, the heavy, rich sherry Another powerhouse of Speyside is Strathisla distillery home of Chivas as the new-make spirit comes of age. around Dalwhinnie in the south, then flavoured malts, and the more complex the Glenfiddich distillery and its 10 Whilst there will always be industry “one thing is for north and east along the strath of the light floral flavoured malts. Speyside stills capable of producing 10 million stalwarts such as Glenlivet, Macallan River Spey, through Moray and into malts are essentially sweet whiskies, litres of whisky a year. and Glenfiddich widely accessible to Badenoch and Strathspey, ranging over although some can have a little peaty This is bottled in a variety of ages certain, speyside will us, we’re also fortunate to be seeing countryside as diverse as the slopes character with just a slight whiff of and expressions, ranging from the 12 continue to provide us more whiskies from distilleries like the of the Monadlaith Mountains to the smoke. year old to the occasional 40 year old. interesting, high-quality Glenrothes, whose product previously arable pastures of the Laich of Moray. And through it all runs the magnificent Mention words single malt to a scotch drinker and the names But these two distilleries are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to whiskies.” only went into blended scotch. One thing is for certain, Speyside will River Spey, one of the mightiest of all Glenfiddich and Glenlivet won’t be far the quantity and quality of Speyside and low key, like Longmorn and The continue to provide us with interesting, Scotland’s rivers, and thanks to the behind. The first ever license to distill whiskies. Within this small area of the Glenrothes, legends in the industry but high-quality whiskies, driving the distilleries along its banks, certainly the whisky in Speyside was granted in Scottish Highlands lie nearly half of little-known outside it. industry forward with a combination Longmorn Stills most famous. Over half of all Scotland’s 1824 to George Smith and his son John Scotland’s whisky distilleries. Some Speyside is the heart of the scotch of bold innovation and comforting distilleries are located here, and many Gordon Smith, and to this day The are household names, others are quiet whisky industry, and the region is tradition. 18 SINGLE MALTS SINGLE MALTS 19
  11. 11. inside speyside Speyside in an a-Z of speyside distilleries aberlour Founded by James Gordon & peter glenrothes highly reputable distillery that Weir in 1826, Aberlour in Gaelic means produces rich single malts and whisky for ‘Mouth of the Chattering Burn” the famous Cutty Sark blend allt-a-Bhainne Relatively unknown distillery glen Spey A light fresh spirit that is used numBers whose whisky goes almost exclusively into primarily in the J&B Rare blended range Chivas Regal blending glentauchers distillery that produces auchroisk Modern 1970s distillery that exclusively for the Ballantine’s blended produces whisky exclusively for the J&B range Rare blend, and now available as ‘The inchgower diageo-owned distillery that Singleton of Achroisk’ contributes to the Bell’s and Johnnie Walker aultmore Little-known distillery owned by blended ranges dewars knockando One of the earliest distilleries Balmenach Old distillery renovated and to export single malt whisky. Currently one restarted by inver house distillers in 1997 of the best sellers in continental europeand Balvenie Glenfiddich’s ‘little’ sister but still America one of the largest distilleries in Speyside knockdhu (An Cnoc) Renamed as ‘An Cnoc’ Benriach A small independently owned and to avoid confusion with Knockando whisky innovative distillery linkwood Well reknowned light and fresh Benrinnes One of the cornerstones of the whisky that is released as single malt and Johnnie Walker blended whisky range contributes towards blends Benromach Small and experimental longmorn Rich and fruity whisky that is distillery owned by independent bottling well regarded as a single malt but is mostly company Gordon & Macphail used in Chivas Regal’s premium blends Braeval Also known as Braes of Glenlivet, a macallan Iconic distillery that produces distillery built to produce whisky for blending classic whiskies that are amongst the best Cardhu The home of one of the best-selling selling worldwide single malt whiskies in southern Europe mannochmore A 1970s distillery that is and America the home of the haig’s blended range and Cragganmore A typical speyside whisky once produced the legendaryblack whisky that is the region’s representative in the Miltonduff 1 in 7 ‘Classic Malts’ series loch dhu high capacity distillery that Craigellachie distillery that produces produces the lion’s share of whisky for the whisky exclusively for the dewar’s white Ballantine’s and Teacher’s blends 1824 21 label blend mortlach dark and fruity whisky that is dailuaine Environmentally friendly distillery becoming harder to find due to its inclusion glenfiddich that is the backbone of the Johnnie Walker blended range in the popular Johnnie Walker black label Speyburn A light, fresh and zesty whisky The first license to legally distil whisky in Scotland was Macallan is not far behind. Six stills from the 1980s are to be is the world’s dufftown Little-known but large distillery in the town of the same name that is marketed as ‘value for money’ and one of the best sellers in America best-selling granted in 1824 to George Smith and his son John Gordon re-activated this year - taking their total to 21 and boosting Smith of the Glenlivet distillery in Speyside. For many years capacity to 8 million litres per year. glendronach distillery that forms an Speyside A new distillery set up in ancient 60 important part of theTeacher’s blend single malt, afterwards George carried a pair of hair-trigger pistols to farm buildings that releases whisky under protect himself and his family from reprisals by illicit distillers. glendullan distillery that produces whisky the names ‘Speyside’ and ‘drumguish’ accounting John made do with a cutlass. for the Old parr blend for the export market Strathisla One of scotland’s oldest 15 glenfarclas scotland’s second oldest distilleries contributing to Chivas for one in Between them, around fifty Speyside distilleries account for over continual family-owned distillery Regal blends 60 per cent of single malt whisky production in Scotland, and glenfiddich pioneering distillery that is Strathmill Llittle known distillery that is the seven bottles this figure will obviously increase when Roseisle, Glenlivet and the home of the world’s best selling home of the J&B Rare blended whisky brand Before the advent of modern trademark legislation, at least 15 Macallan are operating at full capacity. single malt whisky Tamdhu Large distillery with one of the of single malt 15 distilleries had a ‘Glenlivet’ suffix appended to their names by glenglassaugh distillery that has been largest malting facilities in Scotland. owners or bottlers at some point. Notable culprits included recently re-opened in November 2008 by Contributes to the Famous Grouse blends whisky bought Macallan-Glenlivet, Glenfarclas-Glenlivet and Aberlour-Glenlivet. private investors Tamnavulin 1960s distillery recently re- 10,000,000 glen grant A large and famous distillery that opened by owners Whyte & Mackay worldwide At the time of writing there are 15 active distilleries operating is one of the biggest sellers worldwide Tomatin independently owned large in Speyside whose names begin with ‘Glen’ (if you include glenlivet Scotland’s first legal distillery and distillery whose single malt is popular in Glenfiddich distillery is Scotland’s largest producer of single Glenglassaugh and Glendronach, and most people do). See how many of the rest you can get without cheating. 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