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1981 Coleburn, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (46%)

1981 Coleburn, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (46%)





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The Producer

Coleburn Distillery, Speyside

Coleburn Distillery, Speyside

Located between the Glen Elgin and Speyburn distilleries, Coleburn was founded in 1896 by John Robertson & Sons. Clynelish became the owners in 1916, followed by the Scottish Malt Distiller's, (later part of Diageo) in partnership with John Walker & Sons Ltd.

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. The first ever official bottling appeared as part of Diageo’s Rare Malt Edition in 2000, although there have been a few independent bottlings.

Coleburn is another Speyside distillery that fell victim to the the 1980's whisky recession. and it is very unlikely that it will open again - its distillery license was returned and cancelled by United Distillers (Diageo) in 1992, and it is currently being developed as a hotel and a cultural center.

The Region

Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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