Ladyburn Lowland Whisky Distillery
Ladyburn was not an independent distillery as such but a part of whisky giants Grants grain distillery at Girvan in Ayrshire, Scotland. Basically two stills were installed in the existing facility in 1966 and both the grain and malt produced here went into Grants blended scotch whisky. The most well-known gran whisky was black barrel which was produced at Girvan. The stills operated for less than 10 years at Girvan and production of Ladyburn (sometimes bottled as Ayrshire) ceased in 1975. The site is used to today to produce Vodka under the ownership of Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Empire.
The water from the nearby Penwapple reservoir supplied the distillery and the whisky produced at Ladyburn is extremely rare and commands a very high price. This is in contrast to Grants other single malt scotch whiskies Glenfiddich and Balvenie which appear in every whisky outlet. There are rumours that Grants may be holding onto a few casks of Ladyburn (Ayrshire) tucked away in their cellars to be released at a later date.
Taste: If you can get your hands on any of this whisky well done, most reports say it resembles an Irish whiskey, punchy to start with citrus then grain.