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Adelphi distillery

The Adelphi Distillery was a Scotch whisky distillery that was founded in 1826, Glasgow and closed in 1907. The name was revived in 1993 for an independent Scotch whisky bottler.

Adelphi DistilleryThe Adelphi whisky distillery was founded in 1826 by the brothers Charles and David Gray. It was adjacent to the south of Victoria Bridge, on the edge of the Gorbals area of ​​Glasgow. The distillery was operated by the Gray family until 1880 when it was acquired by Messrs A. Walker and Co, a company that already owned large distilleries in Limerick and Liverpool.

The Walkers invested in the distillery adding a Coffey still to distil grain whisky for blending. By 1886 there were four pot stills and the Coffey still in full production. The distillery had an output of 516,000 imperial gallons (2,350,000 liters) of pure alcohol per year. The Adelphi Distillery was acquired by Distillers Company (DCL) in 1902 and by 1907 distilling had stopped completely. The main distillery buildings were demolished between 1968 and 1970 and the rest of the distillery was dismantled in 1971.

Several decades later the name Adelphi was brought back to life in 1993, this time as an independent bottler. The great grandson of one of the distillery founders, Jamie Walker, became the modern Adelphi independent bottler, and in 2014 Adelphi established the Ardnamurchan distillery in Glenbeg on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in the Scottish Highlands.

Adelphi factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Adelphi Lowlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1826 - Present Malt Adelphi Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Donald Houston and Keith Falconer

Adelphi Timeline:

1826 : The Loch Katrine Adelphi Distillery built by Charles and David Gray

1880 : Ownership of Adelphi changes to Messrs A Walker and Co and expanded to include a Coffey Still

1886 : A Coffey still and four pot stills are in full production for an annual output of over 500,000 gallons.

1903 : Adelphi bought by the Distillers Company Ltd.

1906 : The Great Gorbals Disaster - one of the colossal washbacks in the distillery collapses, engulfing the neighbouring street in a tidal wave of alcohol and resulting in fatality.

1907 : Pot stills cease production of malt whisky but grain distilling and cask maturation continue.

1932 : Production of grain whisky ceases

1968 : Use of the bonded warehousing ceases.

1971 : Loch Katrine Adelphi distillery is completely dismantled

1993: The Adelphi name is resurrected as a independent bottler

2014: The Ardnamurchan distillery is founded

Can I tour Adelphi?

No, unfortunately Adelphi distillery is not open to the public for tours