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Benromach Whisky

Benromach Speyside Whisky

The distillery is located in the outskirts of Forres in the northwestern part of Speyside. Benromach was founded in 1898 and is amongst the smallest distilleries in Speyside. It needs only a few people to run and make whisky and the production is just 200.000 liters a year. The distillery is owned by independent bottlers Gordon and MacPhail, who bought it in 1993, ten years after it was taken out of service by its previous owners ‘United Distillers’. A mix of old and new whiskeys are produced and even experimentation is happening with peat-smoked whisky.

Owner:                            Region/district:                        Gordon & MacPhail  Speyside

Founded:    Status:          Capacity:

1898            Active (vc)     500 000 litres

Address: Invererne Road, Forres,

Morayshire IV36 3EB

Tel:                         website:

01309 675968           www.benromach.com


1898 – Benromach Distillery Company starts the distillery. 

1911 – Harvey McNair & Co buys the distillery.

1919 – John Joseph Calder buys Benromach and sells it to recently founded Benromach Distillery Ltd owned by several breweries.

1931 – Benromach is mothballed.

1937 – The distillery reopens.

1938 – Joseph Hobbs buys Benromach through Associated Scottish Distillers and sells it on to National Distillers of America (NDA).

1953 – NDA sells Benromach to Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1966 – The distillery is refurbished.

1968 – Floor maltings is abolished.

1983 – Benromach is mothballed in March.

1993 – Gordon & McPhail buys Benromach from United Distillers.

1998 – The distillery is once again in operation. A 17 year old is released to commemorate this and the distillery´s 100th anniversary.

1999 – A visitor centre is opened.

2004 – The first bottle distilled by the new owner 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.

2005 – A Port Wood finish (22 years old) and a Vintage 1968 are released together with the Benromach Classic 55 years.

2006 – Benromach Organic is released.

2007 – Peat Smoke, the first heavily peated whisky from the distillery, is released.

2008 – Benromach Origins Golden Promise is released.

2009 – Benromach 10 years old is released.

2010 – New batches of Peatsmoke and Origins are released.

2011 – New edition of Peatsmoke, a 2001 Hermitage finish and a 30 year old are released.

The above timeline is a quote from Malt Whisky Year Book, written by author Ingvar Ronde, we thank you for your inspirational work - Buy the latest copy of the book here!

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