Inverleven 1979

Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 22nd December 2013

73/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 5 reviewers)
76/100 – Whisky Notes Review

It’s a shame that the Inverleven distillery bit the dust in 1991 because there are few enough lowland distilleries on the go as it is! But one distillery lost is another distillery’s gain. The stills that produced my 1979 bottle have been shipped over from Inverleven to Islay, to be part of the rebuild of the Port Charlotte distillery. Until recently, Bruichladdich used the old Port Charlotte buildings as warehouse storage but they’ve decided to breath new life into the old distillery and plan to open in 2016.

I’m tempted to keep this miniature until I get a whisky from the new Port Charlotte distillery. Not that I’ll be able to tell that they both come from the same stills but it would be a nice association. I wonder if blending them together means that the outcome is still a single malt?! I know they are different distilleries but, since they’ll be both from the same stills, it could be argued that, technically, it still constitutes a single malt. Maybe not in the eyes of the Scottish Whisky Association but, after several glasses, everything seems possible! 😉

Inverleven 1979 5cl

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