Who Owns What?

 

Slinte Mhath

Keith Wood

 

In the complex corporate world of distillery ownership, take-overs and the odd selling of a distillery back into private ownership, have you ever wondered just who owns which distilleries?

This feature page of Whisky Emporium lists all the Scottish & Irish distilleries and their brands from my tasting notes page, focusing on single malts and grain whisky.

I have future plans to update the information given here and I will also attempt to keep this ownership list up to date. USA (bourbon) coming soon!

 

 

  Scottish single malt & grain distilleries  
  Independently owned

Distillery & main brand

Other whisky brands produced by the distillery

Capacity
  Adelphi Ardnamurchan  

unknown

   
  Andrew Symington Edradour  

90,000

   
  Angus Dundee Glencadam  

1,500,000

   
    Tomintoul  

3,000,000

   
  BenRiach Distillery Company (Billy Walker) BenRiach  

2,400,000

   
    GlenDronach  

1,300,000

   
    Glenglassaugh  

1,000,000

   
  Francis & Ian Cuthbert Daftmill  

65,000

   
  Gordon & MacPhail BenRomach  

500,000

   
  Ian MacLeod Distillers Glengoyne  

1,100,000

   
 

 

Tamdhu  

reopening

   
  Isle of Arran Distillers Arran  

750,000

   
  J&A Mitchell Springbank Hazelburn, Longrow, Springbank

750,000

   
    Glengyle Kilkerran

unknown

   
  J&G Grant Glenfarclas  

3,000,000

   
  John Clotsworthy (Drumchork Hotel) Loch Ewe  

20,000

   
  Kilchoman Distillery Company Limited Kilchoman  

90,000

   
  Mark Tayburn Abhainn Dearg  

20,000

   
  David Prior Bladnoch  

250,000

*

 
  Speyside Distillers Company Limited The Speyside C Dhub, Drumguish, Glentromie

600,000

   
  Tomatin Distillery Company Limited Tomatin  

5,000,000

   
  Tullibardine Distillery Company Limited Tullibardine  

2,500,000

   
  William Grant & Sons Ailsa Bay  

6,000,000

   
    Convalmore (Diageo owns the 'Brand') Closed 1985    
    Glenfiddich  

10,000,000

   
    Kininvie  

4,800,000

   
    Ladyburn Ladyburn & (Rare) Ayrshire Closed 1976   Demolished.
    The Balvenie  

5,600,000

   
    Girvan Grain distillery

15,000,000

   

 

  1887 Company, Highland Distillers, Edrington  

Capacity

 
  Glenrothes  

5,600,000

     
  Glenturret  

340,000

     
  Highland Park  

2,500,000

     
  The Macallan  

8,000,000

     

 

  Bacardi

(distilleries run under "J. Dewar & Sons" name)

Capacity

 
  Aberfeldy  

2,100,000

     
  Aultmore  

2,100,000

     
  Craigellachie  

2,700,000

     
  Glen Deveron / Macduff Glen Deveron & MacDuff brands

2,400,000

     
  Royal Brackla  

2,500,000

     

 

  Beam Suntory  

Capacity

 
  Ardmore  

4,200,000

     
  Auchentoshan  

1,650,000

     
  Bowmore  

2,000,000

     
  Glen Garioch  

1,000,000

     
  Laphroaig  

2,400,000

     

 

  Burn Stewart (Burn Stewart now owned by "Distel")

Capacity

 
  Bunnahabhain  

2,500,000

     
  Deanston  

3,000,000

     
  Tobermory Tobermory & Ledaig brands

1,000,000

     

 

  Campari  

Capacity

 
  Glen Grant    

5,900,000

   

 

  Diageo

Diageo is the undisputed giant of Scottish distilleries thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions throughout many years.

   
 

Diageo was ultimately formed in 1997 when Grand Metropolitan and Guinness merged, but when it comes to whisky distilleries, there are many other mergers which have helped form the list of owned distilleries today.

Some of Diageo's distilleries were owned by SMD (Scottish Malt Distillers) which were acquired by DCL, but in 1987 when DCL & Arthur Bell merged a new company called UD (United Distillers) was created. Then in 1997 UD merged with Internetional Distillers & Vintners to create UDV (United Distillers & Vintners).

These are now part of Diageo although I am listing them here under the individual companies.

 
  SMD (Scottish Malt Distillers)  

Capacity

 
  Hillside Hillside & Glen Esk brands produced Closed 1985      
  Port Ellen   Closed 1983, only maltings remain      
  St. Magdalene St. Magdalene & Linlithgow brands Closed 1983      
  DCL      
  Banff   Closed 1983, demolished      
  Brora   Closed 1983      
  Coleburn   Closed 1985      
  Dallas Dhu   Closed 1983, license revoked 1992      
  Glen Albyn   Closed 1983, demolished      
  Glenlochy   Closed 1983      
  Glen Mhor   Closed 1983, demolished      
  Glenury Royal   Closed 1985, demolished      
  Millburn   Closed 1985, demolished      
  North Port / Brechin North Port & brechin brands produced Closed 1983, demolished      
  Rosebank   Closed 1983      
  UD (United Distillers)  

Capacity

 
  Pittyvaich   Closed 1993, demolished      
  UDV  

Capacity

 
  Auchroisk  

3,100,000

     
  Benrinnes  

2,600,000

     
  Blair Athol  

2,000,000

     
  Caol Ila  

3,600,000

     
  Cardhu  

2,300,000

     
  Clynelish  

3,400,000

     
  Cragganmore  

1,600,000

     
  Dailuaine  

3,200,000

     
  Dalwhinnie  

1,300,000

     
  Dufftown Dufftown & Singleton brands produced

4,000,000

     
  Glendullan  

3,700,000

     
  Glen Elgin Glen Elgin & Old Elgin brands produced

1,800,000

     
  Glenkinchie  

1,700,000

     
  Glenlossie  

2,140,000

     
  Glen Ord  

5,000,000

     
  Glen Spey  

1,390,000

     
  Inchgower  

2,200,000

     
  Knockando  

1,290,000

     
  Lagavulin  

2,400,000

     
  Linkwood  

2,300,000

     
  Mannochmore Mannochmore & Loch Dhu brands

3,220,000

     
  Mortlach  

2,910,000

     
  Oban  

700,000

     
  Royal Lochnagar  

400,000

     
  Strathmill  

1,700,000

     
  Talisker  

1,900,000

     
  Teaninich  

4,000,000

     
  Caledonian Grain distillery closed      
  Cambus Grain distillery closed 1993      
  Cameron Bridge Grain distillery

30,000,000

     
  Port Dundas Grain distillery Closing 2010      
  Diageo New distilleries opened under Diageo    
  Roseisle  

10,000,000

     

 

  Inver House (Pacific Spirits)

Capacity

 
  Balblair  

1,330,000

     
  Balmenach  

2,000,000

     
  Knockdhu Knockdhu & An Cnoc brands produced.

900,000

     
  Moffat Glen Flagler, Killyloch. Garnheath (grain) Closed.      
  Pulteney Old Pulteney

3,000,000

     
  Speyburn  

2,700,000

     

 

  La Martiniquaise  

Capacity

 
  Glen Moray  

2,000,000

     
  Starlaw Grain whisky unknown      

 

  Loch Lomond Distillery Company  

Capacity

 
  Glen Scotia  

1,000,000

     
  Littlemill Littlemill & Dunglass brands Closed 1984      
  Loch Lomond Craiglodge, Croftengea, Glen Douglas, Inchfad, Inchmoan, Inchmurrin, Old Rhosdhu brands produced.

12,000,000

**

   
  Loch Lomond Grain whisky incl. in above figures        

 

  LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey)  

Capacity

 
  Ardbeg  

1,000,000

     
  Glenmorangie  

6,000,000

     

 

  Nikka  

Capacity

 
  Ben Nevis  

2,000,000

     

 

 

North British Distillery Company Ltd

owned by 'Lothian Distillers' a 50-50 joint venture of Edrington & Diageo

Capacity

 
  North British Grain distillery

64,000,000

     

 

 

North of Scotland Distilling Company Ltd

     
  North of Scotland / Strathmore Grain distillery Closed 1980      

 

  Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers / Allied Domecq / Long John)

Capacity

 
  Aberlour  

3,500,000

     
  Allt Bhainne  

4,000,000

     
  Braeval Braeval & Braes of Glenlivet brands.

4,000,000

     
  Caperdonich   Closed, demolished 2010      
  Glenallachie  

2,800,000

     
  Glenburgie Glenburgie & Glencraig brands.

4,200,000

     
  Glen Keith Mothballed 1999, reopened June 2013

6,000,000

     
  Glentauchers  

3,400,000

     
  Imperial   Closed      
  Inverleven   Closed, demolished      
  Lochside (Allied Domecq)   Closed 1992, demolished      
  Longmorn  

3,500,000

     
  MiltonDuff MiltonDuff & Mosstowie brands.

5,240,000

     
  Scapa  

1,200,000

     
  Strathisla  

2,400,000

     
  The Glenlivet  

8,500,000

     
  Tormore  

3,600,000

     
  Dumbarton Grain distillery

Mothballed, Closed 2002

     
  Strathclyde Grain distillery

40,000,000

     

 

  Remy Cointreau (Bruichladdich Distillery Company)

Capacity

 
  Bruichladdich Also Octomore & Port Charlotte brands

1,500,000

     

 

  United Spirits (Whyte & Mackay / Invergordon Distillers) Capacity  
  Ben Wyvis   Closed 1977      
  Dalmore  

3,200,000

     
  Fettercairn  

1,600,000

     
  Isle of Jura  

2,500,000

     
  Tamnavulin  

4,000,000

     
  Invergordon Grain distillery

40,000,000

     

 

  Whitbread & Co. Ltd (From when they owned Long John)

Capacity

 
  Glenugie   Closed 1983, demolished      
  Strathclyde / Kinclaith Kinclaith stills in Strathclyde distillery Kinclaith dismantled.      

 

  Footnotes to Scottish distilleries  
  Distillery capacity is specified in maximum litres of pure alcohol per year  
  * UDV sales contract to Raymond Armstrong limits output to 250,000, some even say 100,000. Theoretical Max is nearer 1,300,000  
  ** I've found many capacity figures for Loch lomond distillery, incl. 2.5m 4m & 12m litres. I have accepted 12m from Wikipedia & MM sites  

 

  Irish distilleries      
  Beam Global (Cooley distillery)

Capacity

 
  Riverstown (Cooley) Connemara, Greenore, Kilbeggan, Locke's, Tyrconnel

4,500,000

(Malt & Grain)

   
  Kilbeggan Only Kilbeggan distillery reserve expression for now.        

 

  Diageo  

Capacity

 
  Bushmills Bushmills & Coleraine

4,500,000

(Malt)

   

 

  Pernod Ricard (Irish Distillers Ltd)

Capacity

 
  Midleton Jameson, Midleton, Paddy, Powers & Redbreast

30,000,000

(PPS, Grain & Malt)

   
     

PPS = Pure Pot Still

 

 

  USA (Bourbon) distilleries (coming soon)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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