Glenugie Highland Whisky Distillery
Established in the 1830s by Donald McLeod & Co. near Peterhead in the Eastern Highlands this distillery was originally called Invernettie. The first spirit was produced in 1837 but the distillery really struggled to become viable and was for a time converted to a brewery. In 1875 the site was taken over by Scottish Highland Distillers and resumed as a single malt whisky distillery under the name of Glenugie. This company went bankrupt in 1879 and the distillery which had never been profitable changed hands many time. The only person who made a go of it was Simon Forbes who operated it between 1884 and 1915. After that it again fell on bad times and fell silent from 1925 until 1937. Purchased by in that year by Seager Evans & Co they also tried and failed to make the distillery pay. More changes of ownership followed.
In 1958 the distillery was purchased by Strathclyde & Long John Distilleries who in turn were taken over by Whitbread in the 1970s. Even this multi national could not make a go of this distillery and it was finally closed in 1983. The buildings have now been demolished and no trace is left.
During its difficult lifetime all production was used for blending and it was only after its closure that a few rare casks were released. It a seems to have been all bad news for this distillery however the 1977/33 year old/ Oloroso Finish is a very rare gem in the malt whisky world which with its rich and long maturation is well worth sampling.
Taste: Rare, Sweet, Rich and Colourful.