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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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The Origins series from Benromach was released to demonstrate the affects of various production processes. Distilled in 1999, Batch 1 is distilled from Golden Promise barley grown locally in Speyside...  More info
$69.68
This is part of a release of three special single cask bottlings which commemorate the association of Benromach and the Glasgow: Scotland with Style Clipper which participated in the Clipper 08-08...  More info
This 19 year old Speyside single malt from Benromach was aged in first fill sherry hogshead and has been bottled at a potent strength proffering warming, spicy notes of marmalade and rum.  More info
A fairly rare bottling of Benromach from Gordon and MacPhail, these older Benromach are very well regarded and are becoming increasingly hard to find.  More info
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$335.49
A lightly peated Benromach from the Origins line. This is the second batch in the range and it is was peated to 4ppm before a full maturation in port pipes.  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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Benromach Peat Smoke
(70cl, 46%)
This is the 2004 bottling of the Benromach Peat Smoke. This Speyside whisky has been peated to 53ppm and is a great alternative to the coastal peaty whiskies made in the Islands.  More info
$61.18
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