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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


Distillery Capacity

3 500 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Chivas Brothers

Distillery Address

Longmorn, Morayshire IV30 8SJ


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.


First production in December.


John Duff buys out the others and founds Longmorn Distillery.


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.


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


The number of stills is increased from four to six.


Another two stills are added.


Seagrams takes over through The Chivas & Glenlivet Group.


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


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


A 17 year old cask strength is released.


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

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This Longmorn was distilled in 1967 and bottled in 2012 by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.  More info
The Dimensions range from Duncan Taylor showcases lots of fantastic single cask Scotch whisky that has been aged very well and bottled at natural cask strength, like this 17 year old Longmorn. Just...  More info
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