• Founded: 1810
  • Status: Operational
  • Region: Speyside, Scotland – Forres, Morayshire IV36 2QY +44(0)1343 850258
  • Online: n/a

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History There are mentions of a distillery being founded as early as 1810, then known as Kilnflat. It wasn’t until 1829 that official records for the distillery show up. After running into financial difficulty, the distillery closed in 1870 before being renamed Glenburgie in 1871. It re-opened in 1878, under Charles Kay. There were several ownership changes in the next decade, lasting until the distillery’s expansion in 1890. It was then incorporated in 1895. This situation lasted 30 years; it was liquidated in 1925, and then was closed again between 1927 and 1935. Around that time the distillery was run by Margaret Nichol, considered the first female manager of any whisky distillery. The distillery was sold to Hiram Walker in 1936.

In a new rejuvenation in 1958, two Lomond stills were installed, alongside the existing stills. The whisky distilled in these stills was kept separate from the rest of the whisky produced by the distillery, and sold under the name Glencraig. Production continued up until 1981 when the experiment with Lomond stills was abandoned, and the stills were replaced with regular stills. In 2000, production stopped entirely at Glenburgie. The distillery was completely rebuilt in 2003-2004, only retaining the stills from the old distillery. Soon after, in 2006 another two stills were added, bringing the total production capacity to 4,200,000 litres of pure alcohol per year.

The Whiskyphiles tasting notes

Official Bottling
Independent Bottling
Berry Bros & Rudd
  • Glenburgie-29-year-old-1989-BBR Glenburgie 29 Years Old 1989 Berry’s own (2020) - Glenburgie 29 Years Old 1989 Berry's own whisky review: A great starter dram, leads with sweet fruit and honey but deepens into oak wood and chocolate with a tropical edge gifted by age. 87/100
Douglas Laing
Master of Malt
  • glenburgie-21-year-old-single-cask-master-of-malt-whisky Glenburgie 21 Years Old 1992 Single Cask (2014) - Glenburgie 21 Years Old 1992 Single Cask 56.9% (Master Of Malt) 56.9% ABV, £60.95 for 70cl Score 91/100 What they say: At 21 years old this Glenburgie, bottled by us here at […]
Scotch Malt Whisky Society
  • 71.38 SMWS 71.38 A cheese-board in a library (2020) - SMWS 71.38 A cheese-board in a library Whisky Review: Woody and closed but with plenty of aged woody sugars, fruit comes out eventually. Very nice waxiness in this pointing towards the distilleries blending potential perhaps? 90/100
The Whisky Exchange
  • Glenburgie-21-year-old-black-friday Glenburgie 21 Years Old Black Friday 2019 Edition (2020) - Glenburgie 21 Years Old Black Friday 2019 Edition Whisky Review: OK, better at cask strength though tinny. Good tropicality showing age in fruit but feels like quite an underactive cask and a bit of an odd choice. With water becomes sharper, more limey and spicy with cinnamon. 85/100