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Benromach

Today, Benromach is the smallest distillery in Speyside with a workforce of just two and a maximum capacity of a mere half million litres annually. Benromach was established in 1898, a year a great number of distilleries came into being. The distillery was built by the Benromach Distillery Company and situated to the north of Forres in Speyside.

Drawing its water from the Chapeltown springs, Benromach was one of the many Speyside distilleries designed by the renowned Charles Doig, the Elgin-based architect who was credited also for Aberlour, Dufftown and Balblair among many others. Benromach, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘shaggy mountain’, closed and reopened over the course of the 1930s. In 1983 it was mothballed. It was not until a decade later that the distillery was acquired from United Distillers by Gordon and MacPhail. Following the purchase, Gordon and MacPhail paraded it as a flagship distillery of the old school Speyside style. A more heavily peated malt was used, producing a fuller spirit.

Benromach was reopened officially by Prince Charles in 1998. Under Gordon and MacPhail's ownership, Benromach became the first distillery to release a Soil Association certified whisky with the 2006-released Organic. Other unique expressions have been released since; PeatSmoke, distilled from heavily peated malt at 55ppm as well as a series with the moniker Origins, aimed to draw attention to the effects of different production processes.

Benromach Whisky Distillery

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About Benromach Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01309 675968

Distillery Founded

1898

Distillery Capacity

500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Forres, Moray

Distillery Owner

Gordon & MacPhail

Distillery Address

Invererne Road, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3EB

Distillery Website

www.benromach.com

1898

Benromach Distillery Company starts the distillery. Duncan McCallum is one of the owners.

1909

The distillery operates under the name Forres Distillery for a few years.

1911

London-based Harvey McNair & Co buys the distillery.

1919

A well-known brewer from Alloa, John Joseph Calder, buys Benromach but immediately sells it to recently founded Benromach Distillery Ltd owned by several breweries.

1931

Benromach is mothballed.

1937

The distillery reopens.

1938

Joseph Hobbs buys Benromach through Associated Scottish Distillers and sells it on to National Distillers of America (NDA).

1953

NDA sells Benromach to Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1966

The distillery is refurbished .

1968

Floor maltings is abolished.

1983

Benromach is mothballed in March.

1993

Gordon & McPhail buys Benromach from United Distillers.

1998

The distillery is once again in operation. A limited edition 17 year old is released to commemorate this and the 100th anniversary of the distillery.

1999

A visitor centre is opened.

2004

The first bottle distilled by the new owners is released under the name ‘Benromach Traditional’ in May. Other novelties (although distilled in UD times) include a 21 year Tokaji finish and a Vintage 1969.

2005

A Port Wood finish (22 years old) and a Vintage 1968 are released together with the Benromach Classic 55 years.

2006

Benromach Organic is released.

2007

Peat Smoke, the first heavily peated whisky from the distillery, is released.

2008

Benromach Origins Golden Promise is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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This single malt from the Benromach distillery was distilled in 2000 and has enjoyed thirty-six months in Sicilian wine casks which previously held maturing Marsala. This has proffered a chewy, rich...  More info
Distilled in 2000, this Benromach from Gordon and MacPhail was finished in port pipes from the Douro Valley for the final 8 years of its maturation.  More info
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A cask strength release from Benromach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Serge Valentin rated this 90 points.  More info
An Organic single malt from Benromach in Speyside. This is distilled from Scottish Organic Barley and was aged in Virgin American Oak Casks.  More info
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A wine finished Benromach, this was distilled in 2002, and bottled in August 2009 after a 2 year finish in Sassicaia wine casks.  More info
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Benromach 1981
(70cl, 58.10%)
Distilled in October 1981 and matured in four refill sherry casks (numbers 1084, 1087, 1244 and 1246) before bottling at cask strength in October 2007.  More info
Benromach 1968 Boxed
(70cl, 45.40%)
A wonderful vintage Benromach, this was distilled in 1968 and comes packaged in a smart presentation box.  More info
$443.88
Benromach 1968 Tubed
(70cl, 41.80%)
Packaged in a very futuristic looking tube, this is a vey handsome looking Benromach distilled in 1968 and packaged at Cask Strength.  More info
$489.74
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