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Glen Mhor

Translation: Great Valley
Region: (Northern) Highlands


Himself is the man.

What do you do if you want to buy distillery manager shares in the distillery - but this is denied? Right: You just build your own distillery next door. At least that's what John Birnie, the manager of the Glen Albyn Distillery in Inverness, did. When he could not become a co-owner, he built in 1892, together with John Mackinlay directly opposite the distillery Glen Mhor. He did it so well that Glen Mhor's reputation soon surpassed that of Glen Albyn. And barely 30 years later, the good John actually bought the Glen Albyn distillery after all. Good thing that he did not have to see how both distilleries were demolished to make room for a shopping center.


A little history

Glen Mhor (pronounced "Glen wor") was founded by John Birnie and John Mackinlay in the north of Inverness in 1892. The name refers to the tectonic fault of the so-called Great Glen ("Great Valley"), where the distillery is located The first spirit came from the pot stills in 1894. The Scottish writer Neil Gunn worked for Glen Mhor in the 1920s and 1930s, and the high quality of the whiskey (and perhaps also Gunn's sales skills) made Glen Mhor very successful In spite of the boom in blended whiskeys, a separate drum malting factory was opened in 1954, which was also used by the opposite Glen Albyn Distillery, which also belonged to Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd. in 1920. Glen Mhor was renamed in 1972 William Birnie, son of John, sold to the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) in 1980, the malting plant was shut down first, and finally the entire distillery in 1983. 198 8, the buildings were demolished to make way for a supermarket.


What do I actually have in the glass?

The Glen Mhor was and is a wonderful Highland Malt. A round, soft body with lush sweetness, a hint of pepper and spices, subtly smoky notes.


3 reasons to love Glen Mhor

1) Because the malt makes everything right.
2) Because a big malt goes well with the big valley.
3) Because the name sounds like a lot of Scotland.


The one drama for the lonely island

The original bottlings from the Rare Malts series are a dream. However, now a difficult to implement.


numbers and facts

Address: (former) Great North Road, Inverness, Inverness-IV IV IV 5LD
Founded in 1892 by John Birnie and John Mackinlay
Status: demolished
Owner: (last) Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL)
Capacity: (formerly) approx. 1,500,000 liters
1 wash stills
1 spirit still
Water: (formerly) River Ness
Visitor Center: -
Telephone: -
Website: -

Translation: Great Valley Region: (Northern) Highlands Himself is the man. What do you do if you want to buy distillery manager shares in the distillery - but this is denied? Right: You... read more »
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Glen Mhor

Translation: Great Valley
Region: (Northern) Highlands


Himself is the man.

What do you do if you want to buy distillery manager shares in the distillery - but this is denied? Right: You just build your own distillery next door. At least that's what John Birnie, the manager of the Glen Albyn Distillery in Inverness, did. When he could not become a co-owner, he built in 1892, together with John Mackinlay directly opposite the distillery Glen Mhor. He did it so well that Glen Mhor's reputation soon surpassed that of Glen Albyn. And barely 30 years later, the good John actually bought the Glen Albyn distillery after all. Good thing that he did not have to see how both distilleries were demolished to make room for a shopping center.


A little history

Glen Mhor (pronounced "Glen wor") was founded by John Birnie and John Mackinlay in the north of Inverness in 1892. The name refers to the tectonic fault of the so-called Great Glen ("Great Valley"), where the distillery is located The first spirit came from the pot stills in 1894. The Scottish writer Neil Gunn worked for Glen Mhor in the 1920s and 1930s, and the high quality of the whiskey (and perhaps also Gunn's sales skills) made Glen Mhor very successful In spite of the boom in blended whiskeys, a separate drum malting factory was opened in 1954, which was also used by the opposite Glen Albyn Distillery, which also belonged to Mackinlay & Birnie Ltd. in 1920. Glen Mhor was renamed in 1972 William Birnie, son of John, sold to the Distillers Company Limited (DCL) in 1980, the malting plant was shut down first, and finally the entire distillery in 1983. 198 8, the buildings were demolished to make way for a supermarket.


What do I actually have in the glass?

The Glen Mhor was and is a wonderful Highland Malt. A round, soft body with lush sweetness, a hint of pepper and spices, subtly smoky notes.


3 reasons to love Glen Mhor

1) Because the malt makes everything right.
2) Because a big malt goes well with the big valley.
3) Because the name sounds like a lot of Scotland.


The one drama for the lonely island

The original bottlings from the Rare Malts series are a dream. However, now a difficult to implement.


numbers and facts

Address: (former) Great North Road, Inverness, Inverness-IV IV IV 5LD
Founded in 1892 by John Birnie and John Mackinlay
Status: demolished
Owner: (last) Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL)
Capacity: (formerly) approx. 1,500,000 liters
1 wash stills
1 spirit still
Water: (formerly) River Ness
Visitor Center: -
Telephone: -
Website: -

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