Parkmore Selection Single Malt from Auchroisk Distillery in Speyside Matured in ex-Bourbon casks Madeira cask for 7 years 46% 700ml – An independently bottled seven year old Auchroisk released as part of the Parkmore Selection (matured in the old Coleburn warehouse). Initially aged in bourbon casks, it followed with a finishing period in casks that had held Madeira wine. Soft and a little grassy on the nose before the malt weighs in. Zippy spices add length to the otherwise relatively uncomplicated, malt-forward delivery. There’s a delicate pithiness to the finish, plus a little tobacco, while the aftertaste leaves some residual honey. Tastes like a decent blend, so quite enjoyable if that’s what you’re in the mood for. Non chill filtered. 46% Alc./Vol.
Parkmore is one of the best preserved silent distilleries, which may not have been the case if it were situated anywhere other than Dufftown, the heart of Speyside.
Built in 1894 by Parkmore Distillery Company during a boom period for the Scotch whisky industry, the Victorian distillery was one of the original ‘seven stills’ of Dufftown.
Following the Pattison crash of 1898 Parkmore was sold to Dundee whisky merchant and blender James Watson & Co, which had also picked up Glen Ord distillery in 1896 and went on to purchase Pulteney in Wick in 1920.
James Watson & Co was itself acquired by Buchanan-Dewar and John Walker & Sons in 1923 for ‘a little over £2m’. The deal included Parkmore, Pulteney and Glen Ord distilleries as well as eight million gallons of whisky stocks, ‘one of the most important stocks of old whisky in the country’. James Watson was then dissolved. The stocks were shared out between the companies, while John Dewar & Sons took on the distilleries.
The three distilleries didn’t remain with Dewar for long – just two years later Buchanan-Dewar was absorbed by the mighty Distillers Company Ltd (DCL).
As James Watson & Co was also one of the founders of the North British Distillery Company in 1885, established to counter DCL’s domination of the whisky market, this turn of events wouldn’t have been an easy pill to swallow for its founders.
Parkmore was transferred to DCL’s Scottish Malt Distillers subsidiary in 1930, before being mothballed the following year. Although the distillery was licensed to Daniel Crawford & Son Ltd in 1940, its buildings were stripped and used for warehousing.
In 1988 the site was sold to Highland Distilleries (now Edrington) which uses Parkmore’s buildings for storage.