Benromach Distillery was built in 1898, the year of the great distillery boom. Alexander Edward of Sanquhar, a well-known promoter of new distilleries, granted a “feu charter” to the Benromach Distillery Company for a plot of his land, north of the railway line in Forres. The distillery was designed by the famous Elgin Architect, Charles Doig.
The firm of William Cadenhead Ltd, Wine and Spirit Merchants, was founded in 1842 and is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. The company was in the ownership of the same family until taken over by J & A Mitchell & Co. Ltd in 1972, the proprietors of Springbank Distillery.
Officially opened in March of 2004 by Dr. Winnifred Ewing MP, and Mr. Hedley Wright, Chairman of J & A Mitchell and Co Ltd, the Mitchell’s Glengyle Distillery is the first distillery to open in Campbeltown in over 125 years, and the first new distillery in Scotland this millennium.
Located in the city and Royal Burgh of Elgin, Scotland is the family owned and managed firm of Gordon & MacPhail. The iconic retail shop on South Street still thrives today on the site where the business began in 1895. Since those early days the company has grown into one of Scotland’s leading independent whisky specialists through wholesaling, bottling and its own distillery in nearby Forres.
Kilchoman, (pronounced kilhoman) established in 2005, is a farm distillery and the first to be built on Islay for 124 years. Kilchoman gives everyone the opportunity to see all that is best in the grass-roots traditions of malt whisky distilling – from barley to bottle.
In keeping with traditional methods, the whiskies of Praban Na Linne are Unchilfiltered. This is the authentic production method used originally by the Gaels when they first invented whisky. In using this method, all of the natural ingredients are retained resulting in a smoother, softer flavour.
Owned by Mr. Wright’s J&A Mitchell & Co Ltd, Springbank is the only distillery in Scotland to carry out the full production process on the one site. 100% of the traditional floor malting, maturation and bottling is done at the distillery in Campbeltown. It produces the most handmade whisky in Scotland, with traditional production methods being used throughout the process, and human involvement at each and every stage.
Spencerfield Farmhouse sits upon the high ground to the east of Inverkeithing in Fife, surrounded by fields of wheat and barley and Scotland overlooking the Firth of Forth and the monumental Forth Rail Bridge. Here the house has stood since it was built around 1510 as a defensive tower house watching over Inverkeithing harbour and guarding the trade routes between the Highlands, Edinburgh and the south.
Tullibardine Distillery nestles at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, where the Highlands of Scotland begin. These hills are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water. The Distillery draws its water from the same source, which fed the first public brewery in Scotland, and from where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488.