Linlithgow St. Magdalene 1982 Natural Cask Strength Scott’s Selection
During the late 18th century the distillery was simply known as ‘Linlithgow’ – the name of the town where the distillery was located. Saint Magdalene / Linlithgow was one of the first licensed distilleries on record.
The Saint Magdalene distillery in West Lothian was built near the Union
Canal, which allowed for quick and easy transport of the raw materials
(barley, casks, etcetera) to the distillery and malt whisky to markets in
Scotland and England, as well as abroad. In fact, the town of Linlithgow
seems to have provided an excellent location for a whisky distillery; at
one point there were no less than five distilleries in town.
Linlithgow was a centre of milling and malting in the 17th century and
became a centre for brewing and distilling in the 18th century. Another
reason for the favourable conditions around Linlithgow was the fact
that the distilleries in town had easy access to abundant supplies of
barley and water. As a result, the Saint Magdalene distillery used to
have a significant output; at one time there seem to have been 5 stills
operating at the distillery, a number that was later reduced to 4.