Strathclyde Distillery was built by London gin producer Seager Evans in 1927 to supply neutral spirit for its gins. In 1936 the company moved into Scotch whisky with purchase of the Long John brand.
Between 1957 and 1975 a malt distillery operated within premises producing Kinclaith single malt. Since 2005 Strathclyde Distillery has been owned by Pernod Ricard and equipped with two column stills produces 40 million liters of spirit mainly for the company blends, including Chivas Regal and Ballantine’s. The main grain is wheat with about 10% addition of malted barley. Strathclyde single grain bottlings are rare; the Douglas Laing’s expression from 2018 comprises whisky aged for 12 years and finished in ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry butt no. DL 12922. Only 153 bottles were produced.
Nose: candied orange peel, sultanas, honeydew melon, milk chocolate, caramel, mixed nuts, clove, candied ginger and dash of white pepper.
Palate: smooth, sultanas, cherries, stewed plums, pineapple, honey-roasted almonds, milk chocolate, cappuccino, hints of cinnamon and clove.
Finish: medium long, with notes of orange peel, walnuts, honey, toasted oak and sweet spice.