Coleburn DistilleryColeburn Distillery

Founded in 1897
The remains of the Coleburn Distillery sits six miles south of Elgin, Morayshire along route A96 in the Speyside region.

Coleburn was founded in 1897, by noted Whisky producers John Robertson & Sons. But they sold it lock, stock, and filled barrels, just as their first single malts were getting bottled up in 1916. It was bought, sold, and bought again several times.

Mergers and acquisitions abounded, and it eventually ended up the property of Diageo. But Diageo never really operated it. Any and all production was funneled into blends without ever becoming a core component.

The spirits languished on the commodity market, and Diageo closed them down in 1985 -- stripping the hardware for parts and scrap, but leaving the buildings in tact.

They sold off the real estate, and this too has been sold a few times to developers, with varying plans for the old stone structures. For now they sit in idle decay. The license for the site to produce Whisky expired in 1992.

Aside from a few bottlings by independent companies here and there over the years, all of Coleburn production was earmarked for use in blends. For a while it was used in Yellow Label, Usher blends, Johnnie Walker, and a few others.

Those independent single malt bottlings were handled by all the normal players: Gordon and McPhail, Douglas Laing, and so on. You might be able to find one of those independent bottles on a collector's shelf or at auction somewhere, but they are few and far between.

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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What does Coleburn taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Coleburn Scotch. It's based on all Coleburn drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Coleburn before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Number of stills
    2 wash, 2 spirit
  • Status
  • Address
    Coleburn Distillery, Longmorn, by Elgin, Moray, IV38 8GN
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Coleburn gets its name from the coal mining facilities nearby. In Scotland "cole" is an alternative spelling of the word "coal."

Like many famous distilleries of the era, Coleburn was design by the famous Whisky architect, Charles Doig.
Glens a plenty, history in abundance - that's Speyside.

The most densely populated Whisky region in the world sits in a fertile valley of rivers and glens. Home to over half of Scotland’s distilleries, malts from these fifty or so Speyside distilleries are hard to summarize, as there's a lot of flavour variety.

One thing we can say is that they're known for being frugal with peat and lavish with nutty fruit flavours. Apple, pear, honey, vanilla and spice all have a part to play in the Speyside Whiskies. Speyside Whisky also knows its way around a Sherry cask.
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