Whisky Magazine Issue 128
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I am planning a whisky party with a theme of whisky distilleries over 50 years old. Can you help me find out about them?
E Van Hurck
That sounds like a tremendous idea for a party! Obviously, there are many book and Internet sites listing basic distillery information including foundation dates. One of the most comprehensive texts is the The Scottish Whisky Distilleries (2007) by Misako Udo, although it is quite a rare book these days. Many distilleries have been completely rebuilt or reopened after many decades of inactivity since their foundation. However, looking at Scottish whisky distilleries that were founded in 1965 or earlier (yet currently still in production), the list comes to just over 80 sites. The vast majority of these distilleries were founded in the late 18th Century and throughout the whisky booms of the 19th Century. Tullibardine, Glen Keith, Tormore, Tomintoul, and Loch Lomond are the most recent quinquagenarian distilleries to make the list. Certainly, with that amount of choice, your party is bound to be a great success.
Some years ago, a friend gave me two cask strength whiskey miniatures from ‘Daly's Tullamore Distillery,' bottled by WM Cadenhead in 1991. One is 38 Years Old and the other 41 Years Old. I would love to know more about the distillery they are from and whether they hold any value. Both are unopened and full to the shoulder.
These were bottled under the Cadenhead's Authentic Collection in emerald green tubes with shamrock...