Longmorn Speyside Whisky Distillery
Longmorn was built on the site of a small church just outside Elgin in the North East of Scotland and is one of the few who has never stopped production since the Longmorn-Glenlivet Distillery Company opened Longmorn in 1894. Originally known as Lann Marnoch (church of St Marnoch) the name became anglicised to Longmorn over the years. Longmorn-Glenlivet was owned at this time by John Duff, Charles Shirres and George Thomas however sold up during the great whisky recession at the end of the 19th Century to whisky baron James Grant who also owned Glen Grant .It was John Duff who was the main driving force behind opening Longmorn distillery he even designed and managed the construction of the distillery after arranging a lease with a local farmer. The location chosen was a good one with peat available for close by Mannoch Hill, Barley in the surrounding fields and lots of spring water in the Laich of Moray. Also aiding the success of Longmorn whisky was the Great North of Scotland Railway establishing a station at Longmorn and a water wheel providing power. In its early days of whisky production this distillery had everything.
Longmorn single malt scotch whisky was quickly successful and was popular amongst blenders commanding a high price. This enthused John Duff and he opened Benriach distillery across from Longmorn merged the company into The Longmorn Distilleries Ltd and floated the business. This was quickly followed by the Pattison crash which ruined John Duff, the bank taking ownership quickly after. The Longmorn Grants remained in ownership until Seagram bought the distillery in 1977 and Pernod-Ricard subsequently purchased Longmorn in 2001.
Longmorn single malt scotch whisky is highly rated by blenders and whisky connoisseurs it was often used as a ‘top dressing’ and the whisky is used in the Queen Anne Blends and the Something Special blend, which normally go for export.
Taste: A true Speysider with honey and apples on the nose and grassy with a little spice on the palate.