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A pair of genuine and original McLean’s of Beauly whisky bottle’s from the now lost rural distillery at Beauly, Inverness-shire, that stood beside the river of the same name. Each bottle has the original malt whisky label and survives in legible order. One is a 7 year old single malt and the other a 10 year old single malt. The whisky liquer is long gone, but the bottles and labels survive as a wonderful reminder of one of the earliest, rarest and short lived distilleries to ever have produced Scotch malt whisky.

The bottles are also marked ‘sorti aequus utrique’ (Virtue Mine Honour) the motto of Clan McLean. Beauly distillery was also one of very first distillers to operate from the 1823 Excise Act, which sanctioned the distilling of whisky in return for a licence fee of £10, and a set payment per gallon of proof spirit.

‘McLean’s of Beuly Distillery’
Beauly distillery opened under John Fraser in 1825, but closed the following year. In 1827 Alexander Shepherd reopened the site and ran it for a good three years before closing the operation.

The lost distillery of Beauly is thought to have sat on Croyard Road at Beauly, in Inverness-shire. Its likely water source would have been one of two streams, one of which joined the Bridgend Burn that ran through the village centre on its way to the River Beauly.



These are nothing short of true survivors.  The bottles themselves are in remarkably good order with no major cracks or chips. There is s small nick at the base of one bottle. The labels are mostly intact and the text is legible. One label has a segment missing in the lower left section. There is some ware and age related deterioration, as you would expect of exposed paper just short of two centuries old.

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A rare pair of bottles from the genesis of malt Whisky making in the Highlands of Scotland.


Material: Glass and paper
Size: Height 30cm x Widest Width 8cm
Era: Georgian

Stamps: Please see the images for details of text

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Pair of McLean’s of Beauly malt whisky bottles, circa. 1825-1830