Glen Elgin was Founded by William Simpson and James Carle in 1898, right before the whisky boom bubble burst. Production at Glen Elgin officially started on May 1, 1900. The architect Charles Doig (designer of many a distillery and invented of the ‘Doig ventilator’ or pagoda roof seen atop most malt distilleries) predicted that no other distillery would be built in Speyside for at least 50 years. He was right (the next distillery to be built was Tormore, in 1958).
There have been scarce few official releases of Glen Elgin over the years: a handful of White Horse bottlings (the brand which the distillery was licensed to through most of the 20th century) followed by the Flora & Fauna 12 year old (launched in 2001 and quickly discontinued), the 12 year old Classic Malt (launched in 2005 and still going today) and more recently a 18 year old special release that commands £300 a bottle.
Needless to say, we’re very excited to have our own cask of Glen Elgin!