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Pronounced ben-RO-mac Meaning Shaggy Mountain.

Benromach was constructed at the height of the 1890s whisky boom to the design of the prolific local architect Charles Doig. Production commenced in May 1900. In 1983 Benromach was one of nine distilleries closed by DCL but it was saved from oblivion by Gordon & MacPhail who purchased the site in 1993 and set about reviving the distillery. Although technically a reopened distillery, Benromach is, in essence, a new distillery constructed within the shell of an old one. Benromach is the smallest working  distillery on Speyside and is run by just two men, including the manager.

Officially opened 1900 but...

Production didn't start until 1907. Called Forres distillery c1907-19. Closed 1914-18. Mothballed 1931-37. Rebuilt 1966 and the pot stills get steam-heated. Floor-malting stops 1968. Gets modernized 1974. Two pot stills. Mothballed mars 1983 to 1998-10-15. Starts with new equipment.

Timeline

The distillery becomes part of the Malt Whisky Trail

Just text  •  2000  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The visitor center opened

Just text  •  1999  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Reopened

Just text  •  1998  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Exactly 100 years after the initial opening, the distillery has been reopened.

Gordon & MacPhail is the new owner since 1993

New owner  •  1993  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Benromach was mothballed in 1983

Mothballed  •  1983  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Er opened a new still in 1974

New still  •  1974  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Two more stills are installed
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Malting floors are closed.

Just text  •  1968  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Complete renovation

Just text  •  1966  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Distillers Company Limited (DCL) is the new owner since 1953

New owner  •  1953  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

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Joseph W. Hobbs is the new owner since 1938

New owner  •  1938  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Distillery details

  • Country
    Scotland
  • Status
    Active
  • Founded
    01.01.1898
  • Owner
    Gordon & MacPhail
  • Spirit stills
    1
  • Wash stills
    1
  • Capacity per year
    500000 Liters
  • Website

Whisky Details

Distillery location

Invererne Road
IV36 3EB Forres, Morayshire
Scotland Speyside

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