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Kinclaith distillery

Another long lost malt ‘distillery’ inside a grain distillery, in this case Glasgow’s Strathclyde grain plant. Established in 1957 Kinclaith to supply blending malt, the majority of the spirit was destined for the ‘Long John’ blend. No official bottles exist, and the few independent releases I’ve seen clock in at north of £1,000 these days putting it outwith the reach of the average drinker.

Sadly Kinclaith was a short lived distillery, in 1975 Strathclyde was sold to Whitbread and less than 18 years after production began the site was dismantled to provide more space for grain and neutral spirits production. It was the last malt distillery in Glasgow at the time

Kinclaith factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
Kinclaith kin*claith Lowlands Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Lost 1957 - 1975 Malt Kinclaith Not Available
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group

Kinclaith Timeline:

1927: Strathclyde is established

1957: The Kinclaith distillery open it's doors in January

1975: Kinclaith is dismantled to make way for an enlargement of Strathclyde

1982: Distillery demolished

Useful Kinclaith links:

Kinclaith at ScotchWhisky

Kinclaith at MaltMadness

Kinclaith at Whisky

Kinclaith at Wikipedia

Kinclaith at WhiskyPortal

Kinclaith at MasterOfMalts

Kinclaith at WhiskyExhange

Kinclaith at Wormtub

Kinclaith at Whiskybase

Can I tour Kinclaith?

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