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
© Michael Jackson 1994
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