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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Invergordon Grain Whisky

Ben Wyvis Malt Whisky

Invergordon Distillery History 


Established in1961 by Invergordon Distillers Ltd The Distillery occupies an eighty-acre site on the northern shore of the Cromarty Firth in the northeast Highlands, The area has some of the best arable land in Scotland.


Invergordon town takes its name from an eighteenth-century laird, Sir William Gordon. The Cromarty Firth is one of the best deep-water harbours in Europe and was an important commercial port and naval base. The distillery was commissioned in 1959 to create employment in the area, following the departure of the Royal Navy


During 1963 a second pair of Coffey stills were installed this was followed in 1978 with the installation of another larger Coffey still which had additional columns for production of neutral spirit


At some point in 1988 there was a management buyout at Invergordon


Invergordon launched a Single Grain whisky in 1990


The distillery was taken over by Whyte & Mackay group in 1993 now part of Kyndal Spirits Ltd since 2001, however still under Whyte & Mackay control.


Invergordon Distillery Bottlings  


The Invergordon Single Grain 10 Year Old


Invergordon Distillery Independent Bottlings 



Clan Denny

Dewar Rattery

Duncan Taylor


Ben Wyvis Distillery History 1965-1977


The Ben Wyvis distillery was built in 1965 on the Invergordon Grain Distillery complex to produce whisky for blending purposes.


An earlier distillery named Ben Wyvis existed in late 1890’s to 1920’s – no whisky from this particular distillery is known to exist.


During 1974 one cask was bottled and released as a single malt for export to US. Three years later in 1977 The Ben Wyvis distillery was closed and dismantled


Ben Wyvis Distillery Bottlings


Ben Wyvis 27 Year Old Single Malt whisky

(1972 vintage) – limited bottling


Ben Wyvis Distillery Independent Bottlings