Pronounced glen-KIN-chee. The wash still is the largest operating in the Scotch whisky industry, and the worm tubs used for condensing the spirit are constructed from cast iron rather than the usual timber.

The former maltings is now officially the Museum of Malt Whisky Production, including a scale model distillery built fot the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.

A lot of opinions about start date exists, The fact are that there exist records of distilling at Glenkinchie (Milltown) from 1825. Since it was not used as a distillery for 30 years I think that the start date for Glenkinchie (2) should be 1881......

Glenkinchie (1) aka Milton (3) until 1837 (?). Existed 1825-53, now demolished.
Some say it moved to current location 1837? However it wasn't used as a distillery after 1853. Used mainly as a cowshed. A part was sold to a farmer called Christie and converted into a sawmill. I assume it was dismantled.
George and John Rate 1825-37,  James Gray of Leechman & Gray 1840, John Rate 1852-53.
Glenkinchie (2)
Reconstruction started 1880. Was active and had two pot stills 1885. Major rebuilding 1890. One of few distilleries open during WWII. The floor-malting ends 1968. The two pot stills gets steam-heated 1972. Cast iron worm tubs. The one for "spirit" are of stainless steel. Uses a 9,4 tonnes full-Lauter mash tun. Six wooden washbacks.
Glenkinchie (SMWS 22).
"A consortium of whisky merchants and blenders from Leith and Edinburgh" 1881, The Glen Kinchie Distillery Co. 1890-1914, Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. 1914-25, DCL 1925, today Diageo plc.


Visitor Center opens its doors

Just text  •  1997  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


United Distillers & Vinters (UDV) is the new owner since 1987

New owner  •  1987  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Heting of the stills changed to indirect steam heating

Just text  •  1972  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The museum opened

Just text  •  1969  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Floor maltings are closed.

Just text  •  1968  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The floor maltings are transformed into a museum.

The name changed to Glenkinchie

Just text  •  1937  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Production resumes

Just text  •  1920  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Glenkinchie was mothballed in 1917

Mothballed  •  1917  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) is the new owner since 1914

New owner  •  1914  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Glenkinchie Distillery Co. is the new owner since 1880

New owner  •  1880  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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EH34 5ET Tranent, East Lothian
Scotland Lowlands


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