• Founded: 1885
  • Status: Closed 1987
  • Region: Lowland, Scotland, Haymarket, Edinburgh
  • Online: n/a

History Established in 1885 by Graham Menzies, Edinurgh distillery or later renamed Caledonian distillery initially housed one Coffey still. Later two large Pot stills were added for the production of an Irish-Style Grain whisky, revered amongst blenders for its consistency. Rarely officially bottled as a single grain, notable exceptions being a commemorative bottling for the 1986 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh shortly before its closure. In 2015 Diageo released a 40 Year Old 1974 vintage labelled ‘The Cally’. Since its closure in 1987, much of the distillery was demolished in 1988 or later redeveloped into housing. The original buildings and chimney stack can be seen next to Haymarket station. Since closing, rare casks of single grain have thankfully been bottled by Independent bottlers taking advantage of the Caledonian distillery’s closed status.

The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • SMWS G3.3 Curious but good (2014) - Caledonian 26 Years Old 1986 G3.3 Curious but good (56%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon Barrel, 174 Bottles, 2012) Scottish single grain whisky 56% ABV, £68.10 from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Score: 82/100 […]
  • SMWS-NLtasting 03/02/2015 SMWS G3.8 Eccentric and exotic (2015) - Caledonian 35 Years Old 1979 G3.8 Eccentric and exotic (53.9%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 198 Bottles, 2014) Single grain scotch whisky 53.9% ABV, £108 buy from SMWS Score: 85/100 What they say: Cask […]