Within the single malt category, there have also been developments that have required some consideration of the coding system. For example, when one distillery produces two substantially different styles of whisky – and uses a different production process – the Society has decided to give them their own code. If you have a bottling from Speyside distillery 104, for example, you might know that it comes from the same location as distillery 71.
Why use a different number then? That’s because bottlings with the code 104 were distilled using a short-lived Lomond still, abandoned in 1981, which produced a distinctively different whisky from the distillery’s usual character. Similarly, our bottlings of distillery 109 were produced at the same Speyside distillery as 72, but also using a Lomond still from 1964 until it was also ripped out in 1981.
In Campbeltown, we have another example. As well as distillery bottlings with the code 27, we have also offered bottlings with the codes 114 and 126. That’s also because they are produced according to a different production process – 27 has a unique two-and-a-half times distillation, 114 is a heavily-peated whisky with a standard double distillation, and 126 has a triple distillation process.