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Issue 123 - Ask the Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 123
October 2014


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I would like to ask about Parkmore distillery and its whisky. I'm trying to piece together the complete history of the distillery. I believe it is the best preserved Victorian distillery in Speyside which is not currently in production. Are there any bottles left?
N Dodd

The well-appointed U-shaped configuration of buildings that was Parkmore distillery, Dufftown can be found just off the B9014, after the railway crosses over the Keith road. The distillery was built beside the River Fiddich in 1894 by the Parkmore Distillery Co. and became the fifth distillery in the town. Charles Doig (1855-1918) was the architect and the complex has an attractive three-storey kiln with a slate- roofed pagoda.

George Smith was appointed as the first distillery manager at Parkmore. He was the son of the brewer at The Glenlivet, and the brother of the founder of Cragganmore distillery. Parkmore distillery was acquired by James Watson & Co. Ltd at the turn of the century. This company was founded in 1815 and they were based at 97 Seagate, Dundee. You can still see ‘Watson's Bond' signage on the gates of the building in the city to this day. They already owned Ord distillery (Glen Ord), and they bought Pulteney distillery (Old Pulteney) in 1920. But in May 1923, all three distilleries were taken over and James Watson & Co. Ltd was put into liquidation. Parkmore distillery passed from John Dewar & Sons Ltd to the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) in 1925, then Scottish Malt Distillers Lt...

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