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Issue 130 - Ask The Expert

Whisky Magazine Issue 130
September 2015


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I have a bottle of unknown blended whisky from MacLeay Duff Distillers, Glasgow from 1977, but I cannot find any information about it. Can you help?

MacLeay Duff Distillers originated in 1863 but they were acquired as a subsidiary company of the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) in 1933 in the wake of Prohibition for the sum of £325,000. They were based on Hope Street in Glasgow, perhaps better known to contemporary whisky drinkers as the street where you can find The Pot Still bar, but MacLeay Duff Distillers lay closer to where Glasgow Central station is situated. They were owners of Millburn Distillery in Inverness under license between 1943 – 1985 and bottled a blended malt whisky called The Mill Burn. Most of their products were blended malts or blended whiskies for export. A few have been spotted at auction: Scotch Whisky Auctions for example have sold a bottle of Antique Extra Special Blended Whisky for £20, and a bottle of MacLeay Duff Special Matured Cream for £15. The Mill Burn fares better with a tall bottle of The Mill Burn Pure Malt 12 Years Old making £125, and a dumpy bottle reaching £85.

I have inherited 40 bottles of Bailie Nicol Jarvie. I am aware it has recently been discontinued, but do you have any suggestions of what I can do with it?

Bailie Nicol Jarvie is a recently discontinued blended Scotch whisky, which was named after a character in Sir Walter Scott's 1817 novel Rob Roy. The blend originated under Nicol Anderson & C...

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