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Buck distillery

Speyside single malt Scotch whisky

The distillery was at an upland farm on the slopes of Buck Hill, southeast of Upper Cabrach village. It would likely have been housed in one of the byres (barns) there.

As a licensed operation, Buck would have struggled to compete against the many illegal distilleries nearby which paid neither licence fee nor excise duty.

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  • Region
    Speyside
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Demolished
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Buck History

James Smith opened Buck distillery in 1826. In 1833 ownership passed to Elizabeth Smith – either Smith’s wife or daughter, under whom the site closed down some months later.

Buck is today an abandoned ruin, largely hidden from view by a post-war conifer plantation. 

Timeline

  • 1826 James Smith is named as licence holder at Buck
  • 1833 The licence passes to Elizabeth Smith
  • 1833 The distillery closes
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Contact

Address
Buck
By Cabrach
Moray
United Kingdom
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See also

  • Cabrach Cabrach Cabrach Distillery

    Cabrach

    A farm distillery in the Cabrach, Aberdeenshire. One of few legally sanctioned sites in the area.

  • Burnend Burnend Burnend Distillery

    Burnend

    One of many lost distilleries in the Huntly area of Aberdeenshire.

  • Drumin Drumin Drumin Distillery

    Drumin

    All that’s left of the precursor to The Glenlivet is a small marker bearing its founder’s name.

  • Dunverny Dunverny Dunverny Distillery

    Dunverny

    An 18th century Black Isle distillery, also known as Dunvornie or Dunvournie.

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