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Longmorn Scotch Whisky Distillery History
The Distillery is on the site of a small church, built about three miles outside Elgin, that was dedicated to the Saint Marnan or Marnoch and was known as Lann Marnoch - the church of St Marnoch. Over time, the name evolved and was anglicised to become Longmorn.
The founder of Longmorn Distillery was John Duff, In 1876 Duff and two partners formed John Duff & Co, and built the Glenlossie distillery. Duff himself took responsibility for the design and management of the distillery and became a great success,
In 1893, John Duff, in partnership with Charles Shirres and George Thomson formed the Longmorn Distillery Company. They leased land at Longmorn farm, and Duff again took personal charge of the construction and fitting out of the Longmorn distillery. The cost of building Longmorn was £20,000.
Longmorn’s supply water comes from local springs, barley from farms in the fertile Laich of Moray and plentiful supplies of peat for the kilns were obtained from the nearby Mannoch Hill.
The motive power for the distillery was provided by a large water wheel. A branch line and sidings, to assist the shipment of whisky to customers, and the delivery of barley, coal and other materials to the distillery, connected with the Great North of Scotland Railway Company’s Longmorn Station.
The distilleries four stills commenced working in December 1894. Soon, Longmorn malt whisky was commanding the high price of 3s 8d per gallon [Although less than 18p at today’s conversion] quickly acquiring a good reputation among blenders for its quality and taste: indeed, according to The National Guardian in 1897, it "jumped into favour with buyers from the earliest day on which it was offered."
In 1897, Duff invested £16,000 in building a second distillery, The Benriach Distillery, on adjacent land to Longmorn. At the end of the year he bought out his remaining partner, and floated the business as The Longmorn Distilleries Ltd.
However, disaster struck in 1898. A deep recession that was to last many years hit the whisky market, precipitated by the failure of at the time leading whisky blenders and apparent fraudsters, Pattisons Ltd, this ruined John Duff.
With much of his capital tied up in old whisky stocks, his wine and spirit business collapsed. He was forced to hand over most of distillery company shares as security to the bank.
The control of the Longmorn Distilleries Company Ltd passed into the hands of some of his customers, including Thomas Dewar and Arthur Sanderson.
A variety of firms and individuals connected with the industry retained an interest in Longmorn, however there was a particularly strong connection with Hill, Thomson & Co Ltd (which used Longmorn as "top dressing" in its popular Queen Anne and the deluxe Something Special blends), with the manager James Grant and his sons.
They became known as the "Longmorn Grants" and remained in control until 1970, when the company merged with The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd and Hill, Thomson & Co Ltd to form The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.
This brought much needed investment for expansion at Longmorn. In 1972 the stills where increased from 4 to 6, and then to 8 stills more in 1974. This was prompted by the high level of demand for Longmorn as the "top dressing" in many of Scotland's best blended whiskies.
In 1978 The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd passed to Chivas Brothers, one of the Seagram family of companies.
In 2001 the Pernod Ricard Group acquired Chivas Brothers.
Longmorn Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Longmorn 15 Year Old.
Longmorn 16 Year Old.
Longmorn Single Malt Scotch Whisky Older Distillery Bottlings
Longmorn 17Year Old Distillery Edition
Longmorn Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Berry’s Own Selection
Car Mor Vintage
Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
Dun Bheagan (Ian McLeod),
Duncan Taylor Collection,
Kingsbury (Japanese Import System Co Ltd)
Norse Cask (Denmark)
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)
Peerless (Duncan Taylor),
Private Cellar (Speyside Distillers)
Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Scotts Selection (Speyside Distillers)
Spirit Safe Cask (Celtic Whisky Compagnie)
Whisky Fair (Germany)
Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)
Longmorn Single Malt Whisky 12 year old Provenance 46%
Bottled by Douglas Laing & Co. Ltd.
A bottling from one Refill Hogshead DMG REF: 4199.
Un-chillfiltered. No colouring./
Highly perfumed on the nose,light with wheat chaff and hay-field suggestions - it warms up to a sweeter more syrupy and spiced finale. Palatewise the syrup impacts early - before the barley - with a sweet luscious quality running to a tingling spice and a toasted style. The spices predominate on the finish which tails dry and lightly smoked. (F)
Longmorn Distillery, Elgin,
Tel: +44 (0)1542 783400
No Visitor Facilities
Longmorn Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Big and complex. Malty, flowery, citric.
Palate: Big and smooth. Malty, intensely fruity.
Finish: Very long. Marmalade.
Founded in 1893 by John Duff and partners
Location Speyside Region Central district south of Elgin
Water source Local Springs.
Longmorn Distilling Equipment
Stainless steel mash tun.
8 Stainless steel washbacks
8 Small capacity pot stills
Matured in American oak bourbon and European sherry casks