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Glen Flagler Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Towers Road, Moffat, Airdrie
Lanarkshire, ML6 8PL Scotland
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Glen Flagler 1973  Lowland Single Malt Scotch WhiskyThe Glen Flagler Distillery was built on the site of the Moffat grain distillery and former paper mill at Airdirein in 1965. It was purchased by Inver House Distillers, Ltd., (subsidiary of the American company Publicker Industries, Inc.) for the purpose of supporting their blends. Glen Flagler is known for having one of the shortest life spans of a Scottish whisky distillery as it was in operation for just 20 years.

Killylock malt whisky was also produced at Glen Flagler and there were occasional bottlings of Garnheath grain. Glen Flagler was marketed for just short time as a single malt, and then it and Killylock were later produced as vatted malts.

Inver House had their own maltings during this time which enabled them to vary the degree of peating in their malts. Glen Flagler is lightly peated and has a surprisingly Speyside character for a Lowland malt. It is one of the cleanest and softest single malts to be bottled at this age. Glen Flagler is an elegant and fruity malt with a complex taste. It has a subtle hint of smokiness and a note of vanilla, giving a long clean finish.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the whisky industry was suffering. Over-capacity and underinvestments had a devastating effect on the industry and many distilleries were either mothballed or sold. By the early 1970s, Killyloch ceased production and by the 1980s, Glen Flagler and Garnheath followed suit. Glen Flagler Distillery was closed in 1985 and then dismantled.

Several casks of Glen Flagler and Killyloch were actually discovered in the 1990s. Official bottlings from the last five casks of Glen Flagler and the last six of Killyloch were released by independent bottler Signatory in 2003.

Since these bottlings are the last of the propretary stock available, it's no wonder they are collectors' items. There is a limited edition of 931 Glen Flagler bottles and 371 bottles of Killyloch.


Glen Flagler 1973
A rare 30 year old bottling fom Glen Flagler. Bottled at 46%. This is a limited edition of an inventory of 931 bottles and is the product of the last 5 proprietary casks to be released.

Nose: Light and toasty with notes of fizzy orange drink, as well as some malt and floral notes.

Palate: Gentle and nutty. Fine boned with decent grip.

Finish: Medium length. Nutty.

Comment: And another one bites the dust. Shame to see it go.

Tasting Notes by Dave Broom


Killyloch 1967
An extremely rare 36 year old malt. It has been said the name was supposed to be Lillyloch after the distillery's water source, yet there was a spelling error on the cask strencil. Killyloch is a vatting of the final 6 proprietary casks.

Nose: Very aromatic. Sourness remarkably like fresh lemon juice.

Palate: Light but smooth. Lemon sweets. Sherbet. Sweet vanilla.

Finish: Spicy dryness. Crisp. Refreshing.

Comment: Astonishingly fresh and youthful. Not complex, but an enjoyable drink. A lamented Lowlander.

Tasting Notes by Michael Jackson

Glen Flagler Whisky Distillery

The site of the Glen Flagler Distillery consisted of 32 warehouses, blending and bottling plants, a cooperage as well as the largest commercial maltings at the time in Europe - the Moffat maltings. Associated British Malsters purchased these maltings in 1978.

There were five continuous stills at Glen Flagler which produced neutral spirit and Garnheath grain whisky. The two pairs of pot stills produced their own malts - Glen Flagler and Killyloch. The water source came from Lilly Loch.

The distilleries were mothballed in 1985 and were subsequently dismantled.