Our History

Dates are important at the Auchentoshan distillery. After all, the passage of time marks the maturing of our whisky as it reaches its peak. To let you know a little more about the story of our whisky and where we are from, here are some important milestones along our journey. 

To find out more about the history of Auchentoshan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, book one of our whisky tour packages to visit the distillery and get really immersed in what we do and why.

1817 
THE DISTILLERY OPENS

In this year, the then 68-year-old John Bulloch, a corn dealer opened the Duntocher distillery, the forerunner to Auchentoshan, on the banks of the River Clyde.

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1834
THE BIRTH OF AUCHENTOSHAN

The established distillery is bought by John Hart and Alexander Filshie who change its name to Auchentoshan. The name means “corner of the field” in Scottish Gaeli

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1875

The distillery is sold to CH Curtis & Co., a firm of Greenock based whisky merchants.

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1903

Brewers, distillers and wine merchants, George and John McLachlan take over the Auchentoshan distillery site.

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1941

A German bomb raid severely damages the distillery, destroying a warehouse. Whisky production was stopped during World War II, due to the targeting of the River Clyde and its shipyards.

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1960

Acquired by J & R Tennent of Wellpark Brewery, Glasgow, which was absorbed by Charringtons in 1964 and later merged to become Bass Charrington in 1967. 

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1969

Auchentoshan is sold to hospitality company Eadie Cairns, which began to sell Auchentoshan as a Single Malt through its own hotels and restaurants.

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1984

The distillery is sold to Stanley P Morrison (later Morrison Bowmore) for £325,000.

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1994

Suntory buys Morrison Bowmore.

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2002

Auchentoshan Three Wood is launched.

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2013

Auchentoshan Virgin Oak is released.

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2016

The New Malt Order is launched with the Bartender’s Malt. 

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