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Longmorn

A missionary named Maernanaog, or Mo-ernin-og, had brought Christianity to the Picts of Moray during the 7th Century. A church was built just outside of Elgin following his death in 625AD and named Lann Marnoch, the Church of St Marnoch. Over the course of time, the name 'Lann Marnoch' gradually became Anglicised and eventually the area was known as Longmorn. Construction began on a distillery on the site in 1893 under John Duff and Company, founders of Glenlossie in 1876.

In 1894, the build was completed and the total costs amounted to £20,000. Production began in December. John Duff bought out the other members of the group and officially founded the Longmorn Distillery in 1897. A year later he built Longmorn Number 2 next door, changing its name latterly to BenRiach. John Duff went bankrupt in 1909; the Pattison Crisis had left him reeling and he had already failed in his attempts to build distilleries in America and South Africa. The shares were acquired from the bank by James R Grant.

The Lochside distillery lacks the fame of its more illustrious neighbour, BenRiach, though it is of good size; its eight stills have a capacity of 3.5 million litres annually and have been running at full capacity since Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of previous owners Seagram in 2001. The malt whisky from Lochside remains in good standing as a blending component, it being featured in Chivas Regal.

Longmorn Whisky Distillery

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About Longmorn Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 554139

Distillery Founded

1894

Distillery Capacity

3 500 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Longmorn, Morayshire IV30 8SJ

1893

John Duff & Company, which founded Glenlossie already in 1876, starts construction. John Duff, George Thomson and Charles Shirres are involved in the company. The total cost amounts to £20,000.

1894

First production in December.

1897

John Duff buys out the others and founds Longmorn Distillery.

1898

John Duff builds another distillery next to Longmorn which is called Benriach (at times aka Longmorn no. 2). Duff declares bankruptcy and the shares are sold by the bank to James R. Grant.

1970

The distillery company is merged with The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries and Hill Thomson & Co. Ltd. Own floor maltings ceases.

1972

The number of stills is increased from four to six.

1974

Another two stills are added.

1978

Seagrams takes over through The Chivas & Glenlivet Group.

1994

Seagrams introduces The Heritage Selection. Apart from Longmorn, Glen Keith, Benriach and Strathisla are included.

2001

Pernod Ricard buys Seagram Spirits & Wine together with Diageo and Pernod Ricard takes over the Chivas group.

2004

A 17 year old cask strength is released.

2007

A 16 year old is released replacing the 15 year old.

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Gordon and MacPhail bottling from Longmorn, distilled in 1971 and matured in a mix of first and refill sherry casks.  More info
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Some delicious single cask Longmorn, bottled by Signatory. This was matured in a single hogshead, single cask number 11544. The outturn was just 232 bottles.  More info
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A vintage Longmorn, distilled on the 7th March 1996 and matured for 13 years in refill butt number 40778 before bottling on the 10th November 2009 by Signatory. A release of 842 bottles.  More info
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A Rare Auld Longmorn from Duncan Taylor. Cask strength and non-chillfiltered with a wild, mountainous character. This is an interesting dram and no mistake.  More info
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A lovely little Longmorn, distilled in November 1997 and aged for 13 years in casks 90581 and 90582. It was finished in Barolo red wine casks before bottling in 2011 by Ian MacLeod for their Dun...  More info
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Longmorn 15 Year Old
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A lovely full-bodied Speysider from the Longmorn distillery, Jim Murray gave this 15 year old 93 points.  More info
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A 14 year old Longmorn, distilled on the 7th March 1996 and aged in a refill butt. This was bottled by Signatory on the 24th November 2010.  More info
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A wonderfully thick, malty whisky from Longmorn. This was distilled in 1996 and aged initially in regular hogsheads before being transferred into a small Octave cask for a finish. The result is lots...  More info
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An 18 year old Speyside from the Longmorn distillery. This was distilled in 1992 and aged in refill butts before bottling in 2010 by the Vintage Malt Whisky Company for their Cooper's Choice range.  More info
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