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No: 79
Producer: Burn Stewart
Region: Highlands
District: Midlands  -   Multimap view
OS Sheet 57 ; Map reference NN 71 01 ; Latitude 56 11.3° N, Longitude 4 4.3° W
Founded 1965 ; Operating Status (1999): operating

In the highlands but only by a few miles, south-west of Perth, beyond Crieff and Gleneagles, is Doune, with a well-preserved medieval castle and an historic former cotton mill designed by Richard Arkwright. The mill was originally water driven, and is on the river Teith. The supply of good water from the river apparently contributed to the decision by Brodie Hepburn (operators of the nearby Tullibardine distillery to turn the mill into a distillery at a time when the whisky industry was doing very well. It opened as the Deanston distillery in 1965/6 with the vaulted weaving shed as a warehouse. The distillery prospered during the 1970s, producing a blend and a malt called "Old Bannockburn" but closed during a difficult period in 1982. At the time it was owned by Invergordon. Following the revival of the industry in the late '80s Deanston was bought in 1990 by the Glasgow blenders Burn Stewart. It has two pairs of large, bulbous stills with high necks and unusual upwards-inclined lyne arms, arranged to encourage a reflux action and deliver a purer spirit.
© Michael Jackson 1994, smws

See also article in SMWS Autumn 93 newsletter

Distillery rating: 2*

Doune, Perthshire, FK16 6AR
Tel: 01786-841422

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