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The Distillery.


Fact about the distillery.


Status: Demolished, the site now occupied by private houses but the pagoda roof still remains.

Type: Malt Lowlands.

Mothballed/silent: In the 1930ies-to 1946

Closed: 1983.

Staff: In 1885 forty with four excise officers.

Water source: A hilltop spring and an artesian well (300feet/91,4 meters in deep) for brewing and the Union Canal  for cooling and driving the water wheel.

Barley source: Lothians

Maltings: Floor maltings until 1968, and Glenesk distillery since then to close year 1983.

Drying process: A mixture of peat and coke was used.

Peat Source: From Falkirk and Slamannan.

Malt Bin: Storing 30,000quarters/6,096.3 tonnes for a season.

Mill: Two steam powered malt rollers.

Mash tun: 21 feet/6,4meters in diameter and 6feet/1,8meters in depth, with steam powered double action stirring rakes. The mash used 129.600 litres of malt per week.

Cooling system:  Morton´s refrigerator.

Washbacks: Fourteen 29.549 litres each.

Wash charger: 40.914 litres.

Wash still: Two steam heated (since 1971), 15.911 litres and 22.189 litres.

Low wines:  One 13.638 litres.

Spirit stills: Three steam heated since 1971, 6.819 litres, 8.487 litres and one on 12.165 litres.

Cooling for distillation: Three worm tubs.

Spirit vat: 10.456 litres.

Bonded warehouses: Twenty on site, with total 7.500 casks.

Production volume: With full capacity of 1.022.852 litres per year.

Percentage for Single Malt: 0%


The distillery consisted of two huge, stone malting-barns (one four-storey, one enclosing a courtyard) and three square kilns capped with pagoda ventilators. Eastern range refurbished with adjacent neo-Mackintosh terraced housing, 1990, by Cooper Design Associates and monumental western structure, 2002, by R & G Homes.


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