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Ryefield distillery

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ryefield in Easter Ross is recorded in history as the Ferintosh residence of Duncan Forbes of Culloden, who opposed the Jacobites that sacked his lands.

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  • Region
    Highland
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status
    Demolished
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Ryefield History

In compensation for his losses to the Jacobites, Duncan Forbes was granted permission to distil whisky free of excise duty in exchange for an annual payment of 400 Scottish merks. As a result, many distillers operated in Ferintosh but, owing to the unfair advantage they enjoyed, the concession was eventually ended.

Ryefield distillery was licensed to Robert Simpson in 1798, but it closed the following year. Today, the one distillery operating in the area is the vast Invergordon grain distillery, although a handful of small new operations are on the cards.

Timeline

  • 1798 Ryefield distillery opens under Robert Simpson
  • 1799 The distillery closes
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Contact

Address
Ryefield
Ferintosh
Black Isle
Ross and Cromarty
United Kingdom
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See also

  • Beauly Beauly Beauly Distillery

    Beauly

    A rural distillery at Beauly, in Inverness-shire, that stood beside the river of the same name.

  • Braelangwell Braelangwell Braelangwell Distillery

    Braelangwell

    A defunct distillery on the Black Isle, near Poyntzfield.

  • Findon Findon Findon Distillery

    Findon

    A here-and-gone distillery at Culbokie in the Ferintosh area of the Black Isle, Easter Ross.

  • Fortrose Fortrose Fortrose Distillery

    Fortrose

    A distillery at its namesake village in the Black Isle with a 35-year history, 22 of them silent.

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