SMD/DCL took sole control in 1930 and the last licensee was a partnership of J&G Stewart / SMD / DCL. The distillery was renovated in the 1960s, but was closed by DCL in 1985. Both J&G Stewart and DCL became part of United Distillers in 1986.
Almost all of Coleburn's production went into blends such as J & G Stewart's "Usher's" and Johnnie Walker Red Label. No proprietary single malt expressions were ever released while it was in operation. When Diageo did a Rare Malt Edition of Coleburn in 2000 it was the first ever official bottling, although there have been a few independent bottlings. Independent bottlings of Coleburn have been a bit hit and miss, but at its best this is a sweet, fruity malt.
It is very unlikely that Coleburn will open again - its distillery license was returned and cancelled by UD in 1992, and development plans for the site to be turned into a complex including a hotel, concert hall and shops were submitted in 2004.
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