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No: 20
Producer: Allied
Region: Lowlands
District: West
OS Sheet 21 ; Map reference NS 45 65 ; Latitude 55 51° N, Longitude 4 30° W
Operating Status: closed (1991); mothballed

A very rare malt, produced in the imposing distillery complex at Ballantine's home base in Dumbarton. For many years the complex operated two pot-still houses to produce malt whisky for the Ballantine blends. Each produced a different malt whisky, and the two were known internally as Inverleven and Lomond. Neither malt has ever been officially released as a single but Inverleven can be found in independant bottlings. In recent years the Inverleven stills have been decommissioned and all malt produced at Dumbarton comes from the Lomond system. This system which has a passing resemblance to a brandy alembic generally produces a heavier, oilier spirit. In addition to these whiskies and those from the company's distilleries elsewhere in Scotland, a very wide range of malts go into the [] Ballantine blends. Further bottlings of Inverleven are expected from Gordon & MacPhail
© Michael Jackson 1994

Distillery rating: 2*

Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire
Tel: 01389-65111

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