I like my coffee like I like my nights; black
and preferably not cloudy. And I prefer my
chocolate and humour dark as well, please.
My apologies if this offends some people,
but I’d rather focus on the few that enjoy it.
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or if this Google Ad seems overly commercial, please continue to read...
Do you know how many active Scotch malt whisky distilleries there are?
Well, I do have a number for you - but I should add that the exact number
depends on what your definition of an active Scotch malt whisky distillery is.
The ‘top layer’ of the Scotch malt whisky industry consists
of about a dozen conglomerates and corporations that own
roughly 95% of all production capacity of Scotch malt whisky.
The rest of the distilleries are owned by ‘single owners’.
OWNERSHIP OF THE 96 ACTIVE MALT WHISKY DISTILLERIES:
For the purposes of this overview, I’ve only included the
distilleries that have proven themselves by producing at
least one commercially available bottling of malt whisky.
Because the SWA requires Scotch malt whisky to be at
least 3 years old, a dozen ‘upstarts’ are not on the list yet.
The same goes for dozens of ‘silent stills’ - the distilleries
that have been decommissioned or even demolished.
- Blair Athol
- Caol Ila
- Glen Elgin
- Glen Ord
- Glen Spey
- Roseisle (*)
- Royal Lochnagar
- Allt A' Bhainne
- Dalmunach (*)
- Ailsa Bay
- Highland Park (30%)
- Highland Park (70%)
- Macallan (75%)
- Isle of Jura
- Glen Garioch
- Macallan (25%)
- Abhainn Dearg
- Ben Nevis
- Glen Grant
- Glen Moray
- Glen Scotia
- Loch Lomond
You may wonder why certain distilleries you’ve heard about are not on this list.
I’ll get back to more details on that, but for now here are a few eye-catchers:
This is now bottled officially for Denmark, at least.
Bladnoch was silent for over 5 years, so 'inactive' for now.
Daftmill has'nt officially released anything yet.
Please let me know if you feel that I don’t have all my facts straight yet...