Glen Albyn Distillery started producing whisky in 1844. It was founded by James Sutherland, the provost of Inverness, who ran the distillery for six years.
The first four decades were not too productive, fire destroyed the buildings and the owners went bankrupt. It started distilling again in 1884 and was taken over by DCL in 1972. The distillery was located on the banks of the Caledonian Canal Basin, opposite to Glen Mhor Distillery and basically the entire production went into Mackinlay’s blends. Glen Albyn ceased production in 1983 and the buildings were demolished few years later making way for a supermarket. Glen Albyn 10 years old presented here was bottled in the 1970s by John E. McPherson & Sons and today is a true gem.
Nose: honeydew melon, pineapples, grapefruits, pear drops, cotton candy, marshmallows, hints of candle wax and garden herbs.
Palate: spicier than nose suggested, aniseed, cardamom, pepper, cloves, apples, pears, caramel and delicate oaky dryness.
Finish: medium long and pretty spicy, with notes of pepper, cardamom, licorice and just a pinch of salt.