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The St Magdalene Distillery stood on a historic site, in the 12th century a hospital was established by the Knights Templar to treat lepers. This was replaced at some point by the St Magdalene convent.
The first distillery in Linlithgow was Bulzon in 1750 this was followed shortly after by Bonnytourn founded by Andrew Dawson, one of the first recorded licensed distillers
Sebastian Henderson obtained land adjacent to the Bonnytourn distillery and built the St Magdalene distillery. Possibly 1765. At one point the village of Linlithgow had five licensed distilleries.
In 1798 Andrew Dawson purchased the St Magdalene distillery from Sebastian Henderson. Because St Magdalene was the better distillery he switched output from Bonnytourn to St Magdalene. Eventually absorbing Bonnytourn in to St Magdalene as one large site
The Dawson family was involved with production at Saint Magdalene between 1798 until 1912 when it went into liquidation, when it was acquired by the DCL
Three years later in 1915 became one of the founding five distilleries of Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD). Along with Clydesdale, Glenkinchie Grange and Rosebank)
The distillery like many others was closed in 1983 due to over production. The site was sold for residential development, some of the buildings converted into apartments
Sometimes known as ‘Linlithgow’ distillery.
After St. Magdalene closed in 1983, some of the buildings were converted into apartments. They retained their distinctive pagoda roofs, and are protected as category C listed buildings.
This hard to find Lowland single malt was produced at the St. Magdalene distillery in 1982 and was specially selected and bottled for Gordon & MacPhail's Rare Old series in 2001.
Region: Lowlands -
Producer: Allied Distillers Ltd
Range: Gordon and MacPhail Rare Old Range
Bottling: Gordon and Macphail Bottling
Style: Single Malt Whisky
Water Source: Loch Lomond
Owner: Allied Distillers
Age: Distilled 1982 -
Cask Type: Refill Sherry Hogshead
Flavour Profile: Malty -
Bottle size: 70cl abv: 40.0% abv