Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glasgow Road, Dumbarton
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Inverleven Distillery was founded in 1938 by Hiram Walker
& Sons Ltd. It was a small malt distillery which was
built within the huge Dumbarton grain distillery complex.
Known as the home base for Ballantine's,
production was used for their blends. The two pot-still
houses were designed to produce two these different malt
whiskies - Inverleven and Lomond - while using the same
equipment. While neither of the two malts were bottled by
the distillery owners, independent bottlings are available.
Inverleven Machinery on
Inverleven was mothballed in 1991 and Dumbarton was closed
in 2002. Since Inverleven was to be demolished in 2003,
team decided to make use of the the entire plant. Bruichladdich
was planning to revive the former Lochindaal distillery
in Port Charlotte and thought it would be a great idea to
use Inverleven's machinery at Inverleven. The entire plant
was dismantled and shipped to the island of Islay on barges.
So the spirit of Inverlven continues in Islay.
Inverleven's house style as descibed by Michael Jackson:
"Perfumy, fruity, oily. With a summer salad when young;
with nuts at Christmas when older."