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Banff

The first known Banff distillery was licensed by James McKilligan in 1824, following the Excise Act of the previous year. Rebuilt in 1863 by James Simpson Junior, the distillery has suffered many a blow. In 1877, a devastating fire raged through the distillery, completely destroying it. It was then rebuilt several months later with a fire engine kept on site for posterity.

On the 16th August 1941, disaster struck once more when a German fighter plane gunned one of the warehouses. Much spirit was lost as casks combusted and emptied their contents unreservedly into the surrounding countryside. The Banffshire Journal quoted an eyewitness to the scene, ‘even the farm animals grazing in the neighbourhood became visibly intoxicated’. Some of the local fauna perished from alcohol poisoning. Banff’s misfortunes did not end there.

In 1959, a blast was caused by metal work at the distillery. The damage was great and once more the distillery was rebuilt. The Speyside based distillery lies half a mile to the west of the town of the same name and the name 'Banff' may derive from ‘Banbh’, a name for Ireland. In 1983, the distillery was closed due to problems with water supply, much spirit still remained, however, and independent bottlings are numerous. Banff’s last official owner being Diageo, the distillery was shut down completely and 1991 and shortly after the last remaining warehouse on the site was ravaged by a fire.

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 49.4%

Duncan Taylor only use rare, well aged whisky for their Tantalus range of releases, and this Banff single malt Scotch whisky fits the bill very well indeed. The Banff distillery closed in 1983, but…  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1975 (cask 1028) - Tantalus (Duncan Taylor)
$1,257.29

Banff 23 Year Old 1979 (cask 476/499) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 46%

A bottling of 23 year old Banff single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in March 1979 and bottled by Ian Macleod in March 2002 for the Chieftain's range. A release of only 708 bottles, and an exciting…  More info

Banff 23 Year Old 1979 (cask 476/499) - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

Banff 18 Years Old 1980 - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 43%

Ooh, a rare bottling of Banff single malt! This is an 18 year old whisky from the distillery (which sadly shut in the early '90s), bottled by Ian Macleod for the Chieftain's range. This bottle was…  More info

Banff 18 Years Old 1980 - Chieftain's (Ian Macleod)

Banff 1974 (bottled 1997) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

Banff - the onomatopoeic-sounding distillery. This is a independent bottling of single malt from the closed Banff, distilled in 1974 and bottled in 1997 by Gordon & MacPhail. This bottle was part…  More info

Banff 1974 (bottled 1997) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 45.2%

A Gordon & MacPhail bottling of 1966 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the closed Banff distillery in Speyside. It was bottled in 2015 as part of the Rare Old range, which features…  More info

Banff 1966 (bottled 2015) (Lot RO/15/03) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
$958.79
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Banff 40 Year Old 1975 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 40.6%

An independent bottling of rare single malt Scotch whisky from the long-closed Banff distillery, aged in a refill hogshead cask for 40 years, from November 1975 to July 2016. 122 bottles were…  More info

Banff 40 Year Old 1975 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Banff 36 Year Old 1975 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 41.8%

A brilliant and very rare 36 year old from the Banff distillery. This was distilled in November 1975 and aged in a single refill hogshead before bottling in June 2012. A wonderful single cask whisky…  More info

Banff 36 Year Old 1975 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 32 year old bottling from the Gordon and MacPhail Connoisseur's Choice range. This single malt from the Banff distillery was matured in refill sherry casks before bottling in 2008.  More info

Banff 1976 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

Banff 38 Year Old 1971 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 53.4%

A super rare, super old Banff bottled for Douglas Laing's Old and Rare Platinum selection. This was distilled in 1971, and bottled in August 2009 at cask strength.  More info

Banff 38 Year Old 1971 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 57.1%

A cask strength 21 year old bottling from Diageo's Rare Malts range, this 1982 vintage proffers a last chance to own a bottle from the Banff distillery, closed for over 15 years. Please note that…  More info

Banff 21 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 45.1%

A sublime old Banff from Duncan Taylor's Rarest of the Rare range, this was distilled in August 1975 before a single cask maturation of 37 years. It was bottled in September 2012 and comes at natural…  More info

Banff 37 Year Old 1975 - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Banff 20 Year Old 1980 (cask 634) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

An indie bottling of 20 year old single malt from Banff, drawn from a single refill butt and independently bottled by Signatory in 2000. The Banff distillery was closed in 1983, making this a rare…  More info

Banff 20 Year Old 1980 (cask 634) - Signatory
$437.75
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