Benromach Distillery

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Pronunciation ben’romach
Translation Shaggy Mountain
Region Highlands / Speyside
Distiller Gordon & MacPhail
Owner Gordon & MacPhail
Address Invererne Road
IV36 3EB
Telephone +44 (0)1309 - 67 59 68
LatLong 57° 36’ 47.6” N   03° 37’ 14.0” W
Altitude 7 m
Grid Reference NJ032592
Open to public January : closed
February - April : mo - fr 10:00 - 16:00
May : mo - sa 09:30 - 17:00
June - August : mo - sa 09:30 - 17:00, su 12:00 - 16:00
September : mo - sa 09:30 - 17:00
October - December : mo - fr 10:00 - 16:00
Christmas and New Year closed
Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Admission chargedSource : Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail 2005 leaflet
Believed to be the first distillery to install direct oil-firing under the stills

Built by the Benromach Distillery Co., partners Duncan McCallum of Glen Nevis Distillery, Campbeltown, and F.W. Brickman, spirit dealer from Leith
Opened but closed at once
Operated at least from 1907-10 as Forres, proprietor Duncan McCallum
Revived after World War I by Benromach Distillery Ltd.
Purchased by Associated Scottish Distilleries Ltd. (ASD), subsidiary of Train & McIntyre Ltd., itself owned by National Distillers of America
Train & McIntyre Ltd. purchased by the Distillers Company Ltd. (DCL) and Benromach transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD)
Rebuilt. Two stills
Licensed to J. & W. Hardie Ltd., South Queensferry, West Lothian
Closed while owned by United Distillers (UD)
Acquired by Gordon & MacPhail (1993 mentioned as well)
Reopened by HRH Prince Charles The Prince of Wales
Malt Whisky Centre (formerly the Drier House) opened

Technical Specifications
General Water Source
for production from the Chapelton Springs and piped to the distillery, for cooling from Sanquhar Loch
  Annual Output 150,000 - 250,000 litres of alcohol (2004)
  Finished Spirit (phenols)
  Blending Roles
a part is used in own blends
Malt Malt Source Moray Firth Maltings and others
  Malt Type Chariot (mainly), Golden Promise and Optic
  Malt Specification (phenols)
  Own Malting Floor no
  Malt Storage
Mill Robert Boby, 1938, installed 1998
  Grist Storage 2 tonnes
Mashing Mash Tun 1 made of stainless steel, semi-Lauter
  Mash Size 1.5 tonnes
  First Water 3,750 litres
  Second Water 3,750 litres
  Third Water
  Fourth Water n/a
Fermentation Washbacks 4 made of Siberian Larch with a capacity of 11,000 litres each
  Washback Charge
  Yeast brewers and distillers yeast
  Amount of Yeast
  Length of Fermentation 3 days (short)
5 days (long)
  Initial Fermentation Temp.
  Strength of Wash
Distillation Wash Stills 1, 7,500 litres, steamheated with 10 plates
  Wash Still Built
  Wash Still Charge
  Heat Source
  Wash Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Low Wines Run
  Low Wines Collection Range
  Spirit Stills
1, traditional with a reflux ball, 5,000 litres, steamheated with 10 plates
  Spirit Still Built
  Spirit Still Charge
  Strength of Spirit Still Charge 20-23% abv
  Heat Source
  Spirit Still Height
  Lyne Arm
  Coolers condensers
  Foreshot Run
  Spirit Run
  Feints Run
  Spirit Cut
  Distilling Strength
Storage Storage Strength
  Average Spirit Yield
  Disposal of Pot Ale/Spent Lees
  Type of Casks mainly sherry, but also bourbon and refills
  Warehouses dunnage
  Vatting and Bottling Location

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