Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Coleburn was founded in 1897 by the blender James Robertson & Son of Dundee, with construction being completed in 1899. Coleburn was sold to Clynelish in 1916, and thence to Scottish Malt Distiller's (SMD) and Distiller's Company Ltd (DCL, later to become part of Diageo), in partnership with John Walker & Sons Ltd and John Riskin in 1925.

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ColeburnSingle Malt Scotch Whisky

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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