Old Mull Bottled 1960s St Magdalene Linlithgow Whisky
1960s Old Mull Fine Scotch Whiskies are highly popular with collectors because they contain old malt whiskies from the St. Magdalene distillery. These are also known as Linlithgow Lowland Malt Scotch Whiskies.
St. Magdalene was founded in 1798 and is located close to the town of Linlithgow in the Scottish Lowlands. Most of the distillery’s production was used for blends, including Glen Garry and Old Mull by independent bottler John Hopkins & Co. Ltd. St. Magdalene has been closed since 1983 and is among the so-called “lost distilleries”. Some sections have been demolished while others have been converted into flats.
John Hopkins & Co. Ltd. was founded in 1874 and was one of Scotland’s independent bottlers. The Glasgow-based company produced a range of whiskies, including Old Mull and Glen Garry, which won awards at the Chicago World Expo of 1892, among others.
During the early years the company owned both Tobermory and Speyburn-Glenlivet distilleries, whose whiskies were used in Hopkins “Navy Supreme” bottling. In the 1950s, John Hopkins & Co was a licensee of the Glen Elgin and Longmorn distilleries. In the 1960s, the company eventually also became the owner of the now lost St Magdalene distillery – and later Oban too.
Old Mull bottlings from the Glen Elgin-Glenlivet distilleries of the 1950s and St. Magdalene from the 1960s command particularly high prices today. In contrast, Old Mull bottlings from the 1980s, which were filled with Oban whiskies, have a much lower collector’s value.
It is unclear when John Hopkins & Co. Ltd., ceased trading, but it was probably in the mid-1980s when Invergordon Distillers acquired the Old Mull brand. Invergordon was in turn bought by Whyte & Mackay in 1993. Today, the company is known as a brand of Diageo.
Old Mull Fine Scotch Whisky was named after the island of Mull. The bottlings of this brand have been available since the 1870s. Nowadays, old bottlings of this brand are becoming increasingly popular.
- Producer: John Hopkins & Co. Ltd. / St. Magdalene
- Type: Scotch Whisky
- Alcohol content:: 43.3 % ABV
- Origin: Schottland / Lowlands
- Net fill quantity: 1.0 litre (1000 ml)
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