Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery and Visitor Centre
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Glenkinchie Distillery and Visitor Centre

The Glenkinchie Distillery is located in farmland at Peaston Bank near Pencaitland, 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Edinburgh. Set in a small valley on the Kinchie Burn, the distillery was established in 1837 by brothers John and George Rate. Disused between 1853 and 1880, it was rebuilt in 1890 and again in the 1920s. Following World War II the distillery manager bred prize-winning cattle, feeding them on the spent grain.

Drawing water from the Lammermuir Hills to produce a classic Lowland malt from its two stills, Glenkinchie is the only remaining malt whisky distillery close to Edinburgh, indeed its product is regarded as the Edinburgh whisky. 'Kinchie' is probably a corruption of 'De Quincey', the original owners of the land on which the distillery is built.

Glenkinchie is one of 30 distilleries run by United Distillers & Vintners Ltd, an Edinburgh-based subsidiary of Diageo plc, the London-based drinks multi-national, which has a turnover of £15 billion. UD&V is perhaps better known for brands such as Johnnie Walker.

Glenkinchie offers tours of the facility, which provide an insight into the distiller's craft, a museum and exhibition describing the history of malt whisky distilling and a whisky shop.

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