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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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A single cask, 18 year old Longmorn. This was matured in single cask number 18743, a sherry hogshead. Signatory bottled this on the 25th June 2008, the result was a release of 256 bottles.  More info
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 single cask bottling from Longmorn. This Bladnoch forum bottle is a limited edition of just 311, distilled on the 25th November 1997 and bottled on the 27th March 2009.  More info
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A 10 year old from the Longmorn distillery, matured in refill hogshead 5575, distilled in Summer 1999 and bottled in Autumn 2009 by Douglas Laing.  More info
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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Superb value for money for a thirty year old single malt. This Longmorn was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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Single cask Longmorn, bottled by Bladnoch. This was distilled on the 25th November 1997, and matured for 12 years in hogshead number 163303 before bottling on the 23rd March 2010. A release of 264...  More info
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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A cask strength 1996 vintage Longmorn, bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  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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This was distilled in 1997 at Longmorn and aged in cask 163309 before bottling in 2011 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. This is a complex, full-bodied and aromatic whisky, with honeyed, malty flavour.  More info
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A release of 271 bottles of single cask Longmorn from hogshead 53810, distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2010 by Signatory.  More info
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Distilled at Longmorn on the 7th March 1996 and aged in refill butt number 40781 before bottling on the 24th May 2011. A release of 856 bottles from Signatory.  More info
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