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Alongside an unrivalled knowledge of Scottish single malts and passion for matching spirit with oak, the Urquhart family held a long-standing ambition to own a distillery. This desire became a reality in 1993 with the purchase of the Benromach Distillery on the outskirts of Forres, just 12 miles from the steps of the shop in Elgin.

Over the next five years, the distillery, rescued from the brink of extinction after closure in 1983, was re-equipped and put back into service. As passionate custodians of some of the best examples of old-style Speyside single malt from the company's ‘liquid library’, the newly refurbished distillery was designed to recreate this rare style of spirit which the Directors knew was key in Speyside whisky from the pre-1960’s, and rarely found in modern day whisky production in the region. Therefore, the decision was taken to create Benromach as a ‘Classic Speyside’ – elegant, fruity and with just a hint of smoke. The distillery was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles in 1998.

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