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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


Distillery Capacity

500 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Address

Forres, Moray

Distillery Owner

Gordon & MacPhail

Distillery Address

Invererne Road, Forres, Morayshire IV36 3EB

Distillery Website


Benromach Distillery Company starts the distillery. Duncan McCallum is one of the owners.


The distillery operates under the name Forres Distillery for a few years.


London-based Harvey McNair & Co buys the distillery.


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.


Benromach is mothballed.


The distillery reopens.


Joseph Hobbs buys Benromach through Associated Scottish Distillers and sells it on to National Distillers of America (NDA).


NDA sells Benromach to Distillers Company Limited (DCL).


The distillery is refurbished .


Floor maltings is abolished.


Benromach is mothballed in March.


Gordon & McPhail buys Benromach from United Distillers.


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.


A visitor centre is opened.


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.


A Port Wood finish (22 years old) and a Vintage 1968 are released together with the Benromach Classic 55 years.


Benromach Organic is released.


Peat Smoke, the first heavily peated whisky from the distillery, is released.


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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Benromach 10 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
The newly released 10 year old from Gordon and MacPhail's Benromach distillery. This was matured for the first nine years in 4/5 bourbon and 1/5 sherry casks before a year in sherry casks.  More info
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Ooh, Benromach 10 year old bottled at a significantly higher strength - 100° Proof (more commonly known as 57% ABV these days). Intense and flavourful, with a good whack of smoke and Sherried malt at...  More info
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Benromach 15 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A 2015 release to the brilliant Benromach range. The Benromach 15 Year Old is matured in a selection of bourbon and Sherry casks, resulting in an intense but balanced flavour profile. There's big...  More info
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Benromach 5 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Bucking the trend towards whiskies without age statements, this delightful 5 year old appears to be the replacement for the entry level NAS Benromach Traditional. It's made with the same 80% bourbon...  More info
This Benromach was distilled in 2008 using Scottish organic barley and left to mature in virgin American oak casks until 2014, when it was bottled. Big and bold with plenty of malty notes at the core...  More info
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This right here is the 2010 vintage Benromach organic single malt Scotch whisky, which is allowed to age in virgin oak casks before being bottled at 43% ABV. They originally released their first...  More info
This is 2006 edition of the popular Benromach Peat Smoke, which this time was peated to 62PPM, just a touch lower than the previous year's offering. It was matured from 2006 to 2015 in first fill...  More info
An impressively aged Benromach distilled in 1976 before a maturation period spent in the finest Sherry casks. Fruit-rich with mocha notes this is splendid stuff, bottled in 2012.  More info
Here we have the Benromach Ten Year Old presented in a Black Window Tin with two blender's glasses supplied for enjoying this much under-appreciated Speysider.  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 Smashing 19 year old from Benromach, put together from old, pre-gordon-and-macphail casks.  More info
Benromach 1968
(70cl, 43%)
A thick, sherried single malt from the Benromach distillery with lovely spice, distilled in 1968 and aged for 39 years in a refill sherry hogshead.  More info
Benromach 1968 Boxed
(70cl, 45.40%)
A wonderful vintage Benromach, this was distilled in 1968 and comes packaged in a smart presentation box.  More info
Benromach 1968 Tubed
(70cl, 41.80%)
Packaged in a very futuristic looking tube, this is a vey handsome looking Benromach distilled in 1968 and packaged at Cask Strength.  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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
Benromach 1981
(70cl, 58.10%)
Distilled in October 1981 and matured in four refill sherry casks (numbers 1084, 1087, 1244 and 1246) before bottling at cask strength in October 2007.  More info
A cask strength release from Benromach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Serge Valentin rated this 90 points.  More info
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
The 2nd release of single cask whisky from Benromach to commemorate the Glasgow: Scotland with Style Clipper. Latitude 53 represents Liverpool on the 53rd line of latitude.  More info
A single cask Benromach celebrating the 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race. This represents Glasgow at the 55th Line of Latitude.  More info
An 8 year old bottling this Benromach single malt was distilled in 2000 and finished in Madeira casks and exhibits all the character one would hope for from a dessert wine cask. A thick, chewable...  More info
This single malt from the Benromach distillery was distilled in 2000 and has enjoyed thirty-six months in Sicilian wine casks which previously held maturing Marsala. This has proffered a chewy, rich...  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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A wine cask finished Benromach whisky! This Speyside single malt was distilled in 2005 and left to mature initially in first-fill bourbon casks for six years. Following that, it was finished in wine...  More info
This is a 2006 vintage Benromach single malt Scotch whisky, which has been treated to a finishing period of 20 months in Château Cissac wine casks before being bottled in 2014. Flavoursome and very...  More info
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