Inverleven

A distillery within a distillery, Inverleven was a pair of pot stills established within the Dumbarton grain complex. The spirit was intended to support the blending of owner Hiram Walker’s Ballantine’s blend though never proved too popular with the blenders. A number of single malts were released, including Chivas Brothers’ Deoch an Doras (one for the road) and Cadenheads Dumbarton ‘Inverleven stills’. During it’s lifetime a Lomond style still was added to the fray, both the Lomond and the inverleven stills fell silent several years before the eventual shutdown and demolition of the Dumbarton complex.

Happily prior to the site being demolished the recently revived Bruichladdich acquired the Lomond and Inverleven stills among other components for the modest scrap value of £35k. Originally intended to be used for the Port Charlotte brand the stills saw limited use and were eventually sold on to Waterford distillery in Ireland. The Lomond still now christened ugly betty is used to produce he famed Botanist Gin.

Although classified by Michael Jackson as a Lowland distillery the distillery falls just on the cusp between the lowlands and the highlands, neighbouring Loch Lomond (a mere 4 miles north) is classified as a highland distillery. Alas much of the site has now been completely demolished and even the iconic tower was broughtdown in 2017, you can find out more on our Dumbarton distillery listing

Distillery Factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Inverleven Lowlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Lost 1938 - 1991 Malt Inverleven Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Chivas Brothers

Inverleven Timeline:

1938: Inverleven is established inside the Dumbarton grain distillery complex by Hiram Walker & Son

1959: Lomond style stills are fitted in the complex

1991: Inverleven is mothballed

2017: The distillery tower is destroyed

Useful Inverleven links:

Inverleven at ScotchWhisky

Inverleven at MaltMadness

Inverleven at Whisky

Inverleven at Wikipedia (German)

Inverleven at WhiskyPortal

Inverleven at MasterOfMalts

Inverleven at WhiskyExhange

Inverleven at Wormtub

Inverleven at Whiskybase

Interesting Inverleven links:

Inverleven at Diffords Guide

A Lomond still

Port Charlotte equipment

The fate of the stills