Cameronbridge 29 year old Cland Denny
A 1991 Cameronbridge single grain whisky from independent bottler Douglas Laing, matured in a single refill butt for 29 years, before being bottled in March 2021 as part of its Douglas McGibbon Clan Denny series. Aromas of oak spice, rich mocha and toasted brioche fill the nose, complemented by notes of Pecan Pie, tobacco and vanilla throughout the palate. There was only 166 bottles made available to the world at large.
About the Distillery ...
Cameronbridge is the largest grain distillery in Europe. It can also lay claim to be the oldest. Its story also involves two of the most remarkable – and strangely overlooked – distilling dynasties in whisky, the Haig and Stein families.
The first record of a Haig making whisky was in 1655, when Robert Haig was hauled up in front of the church elders for daring to distil on the Sabbath. In 1751 his great-great-grandson John married Margaret Stein whose family were already making whisky at their distilleries in Kilbagie and Kennetpans.
Four of their sons became distillers, opening their own plants in central Scotland and Ireland. The youngest, William, founded Kincaple and Seggie in Fife and it was his eldest son, John, who founded Cameronbridge in 1824. In 1865 John joined in an alliance with eight other grain distillers and in 1877 this was formalised into the Distillers Company Limited (DCL). Cameronbridge remained as the powerhouse of DCL’s grain division and, with the closure of Port Dundas in 2010, is now Diageo’s sole wholly-owned grain plant and from 1998, production of Gordon’s and Tanqueray gins and Smirnoff vodka has also been based here. It was expanded further as part of a £40m investment in 2007.