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Banff Singe Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information 1823-1983

Banff Distillery History

First known as Mill of Banff, and situated on a different site, the distillery was built by James McWilliams & Co. in 1824.


In 1852 James Simpson and his son James junior took over and by 1863 a new distillery was built at the village of Inverboynde , known to the locals by the name of the village, but officially called Banff Distillery.

The 9th May 1877 saw the destruction of  the distillery by fire, only the warehouse and maltings escaped. After a very quick rebuild operations recommenced by October of the same year.


In 1932 the distillery was taken over by Scottish Malt Distillers after Simpson & Co. filed for bankruptcy.


The distillery was again damaged by fire on the 16th August 1941 when a German Junkers Ju-88 dropped a bomb on one of the warehouses, destroying hundreds of casks in the subsequent explosion. Further casks were opened and the whisky poured into watercourses to prevent the fire from spreading, it was said that none of the local cattle could stand up to be milked the next morning!


In 1959 one of the stills exploded whilst being repaired by a coppersmith, destroying the still and earning Scottish Malt Distillers a £15 fine for contravening safety regulations.


In 1983 DCL closed Banff Distillery and the distillery buildings were demolished two years later. In keeping with its turbulent history the remaining buildings were destroyed by fire in 1991.

Closed in1983


Distillery Buildings

Demolished 1985


Fire Destroyed

Remaing Warehouse Buildings


Founded 1824 by James McWilliams

Location Speyside Devron Region.

The site was1 Mile west of Banff at Inverboyndie on the B9139.

Closed 1983. Demolished 1985.

Banff Distillery once supplied the House of Commons with whisky


Banff Singe Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Bottlings

Banff 21 Year old 1982 Rare Malts Selection


Banff Singe Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings

Berry’s Own Selection,


Celtic Heartlands (Bruichladdich Ltd)

Chieftains (Ian Mcleod),

Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor).

Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Banff  Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Fruit, spices.


Palate: Medium bodied, sometimes oily, oaky,fruit and honey.


Finish: Spicy with a delightful smokiness.

Banff Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1976, 40%

bottled 2004

Connoisseurs choice bottling by Gordon & MacPhail Tasting Notes..


Colour: Amber


Without water

Nose: Sweet and fruity - pear drops with a slight floral note,hints of charred oak.

Palate: Smoky (ash), sweet spices - liquorice and aniseed. Burnt fruits.


With Water

Nose: Fruits - red apples and sherry notes. Sweet toffee, element with some roasted malt.

Palate: Smoky with sweet fruitcake flavours, some nutty/oily notes.


Body: Rounded

Finish: Sweet, subtle sherry.

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Casks.

Whisky Style: Rich, aromatic and balanced with a Sherry sweetness