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Macduff

In 1958, the Macduff distillery was founded opposite Banff, by a syndicate under the name of Macduff Distillers Ltd, the group included George Crawford, Brodie Hepburn, James Stirret and Morty Dyke. A couple of years later production commenced and, over the course of the 1960s, further stills were installed, bringing the total to four. The Macduff distillery draws its waters from the Gelly Burn and lies on the east bank of the River Deveron in Banffshire. During the 1960s, Scotch whisky exportation increased threefold.

In 1972, William Lawson Distillers acquired the distillery and eight years later they, in turn, were acquired by Martini Rossi. During William Lawson’s tenure, they established Macduff as a component of the William Lawson blend, a very popular Scotch whisky which sells in excess of fifteen million bottles yearly. Indeed, Macduff whisky has long since been used as a blending product. Despite this, Macduff is still bottled as a single malt, though sometimes under the name Glen Deveron.

Just fewer than half a million bottles of single malt whisky are released from the distillery each year and the majority are exported to France. In 1990, a further still was added, bringing the total to five. Five is a rather unusual number of stills, indeed there is only one other distillery with a combination of two wash and three spirit stills, namely the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye. The Macduff distillery is currently under Bacardi ownership following their acquisition of Martini Rossi in 1992. Bacardi subsequently transferred the distillery to John Dewar and Sons.

Macduff Whisky Distillery

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About Macduff Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01261 812612

Distillery Founded

1958

Distillery Capacity

3 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Banff, Aberdeenshire AB45 3JT

Distillery Owner

John Dewar & Sons Ltd

1958

The distillery is founded by Morty Dyke, George Crawford, James Stirret and Brodie Hepburn (who is also involved in Tullibardine and Deanston) and construction starts. Macduff Distillers Ltd is the name of the company.

1960

Construction of the distillery is complete and the first cask filling begins in June.

1965

The number of stills is increased from two to three.

1967

Stills now total four.

1972

William Lawson Distillers buys the distillery from Glendeveron Distilleries.

1980

William Lawson is bought by Martini Rossi through the subsidiary General Beverage Corporation.

1990

A fifth still is installed.

1992

Bacardi buys Martini Rossi (including William Lawson) and transfers Macduff to the subsidiary John Dewar & Sons.

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