Longmorn distillery

Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Longmorn has been available as a single malt since the launch of a 15-year-old in 1993, a bottling which sported a slightly fantastical label showing the distillery nestled in the midst of rugged peaks – it’s on the flatlands near Elgin.

This was replaced by an extravagantly packaged 16-year-old in 2007, but the needs of blenders have meant that, even with increased production, the vast bulk of Longmorn is ring-fenced, with a single-cask offering part of Chivas Brothers’ Cask Strength series. It is, thankfully, a regular sight on independent bottlers’ lists and, deservedly, has built up a cult following, particularly in Japan.


  • Region
  • Production type
    Single malt
  • Distillery Status

Longmorn History

Longmorn was built by one of the 19th century’s most interesting whisky entrepreneurs, John Duff. He was born in Aberchirder, worked at GlenDronach, and after designing nearby Glenlossie in 1876, headed to South Africa to try and start a whisky industry there. He failed (as did most, until very recently) and headed to the US to try his hand there. Knocked back once more he returned home and, undeterred, built Longmorn in 1893. Five years after he built another plant next door – Benriach.

It was not an ideal time to build two new plants and in 1899 he was forced to sell to James Grant. Although Duff’s business was not sound, his whisky was and by the start of the 20th century Longmorn was a prize malt, used in a variety of blends including VAT 69 and Dewar’s. In 1920, the young Masataka Taketsuru, one of the fathers of Japanese whisky and founder of Nikka, spent a short period working in the distillery. The stills at Nikka’s two distilleries are said to be modelled on Longmorn’s.

In 1970, the Grant family and blender Hill Thompson (which had a long relationship with Longmorn) merged with The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries Ltd to create The Glenlivet Distilleries Ltd. This was bought by Seagram in 1977 and (minus Glen Grant) is now part of Chivas Brothers.


  • 1893 John Duff, having already built Glenlossie some 20 years earlier, builds Longmorn distillery
  • 1897 Duff buys out his partners in the company
  • 1898 Duff decides to build Benriach distillery next door to Longmorn
  • 1899 With the whisky industry teetering, Duff is forced to sell his business to James Grant
  • 1920 Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Japanese company Nikka, trains at Longmorn
  • 1970 Hill Thompson and The Glenlivet & Glen Grant Distilleries merge to form The Glenlivet Distilleries
  • 1972 Longmorn's stills are increased from four to six and the spirit stills switched to steam heating
  • 1974 Two further stills are installed
  • 1977 Seagram acquires the distillery through its acquisition of The Glenlivet Distilleries
  • 1994 Longmorn's wash stills are brought into line with its spirit stills with steam heating added
  • 2001 Pernod Ricard buys out Seagram's Chivas Brothers whisky portfolio
  • 2007 Longmorn 16 Year Old is launched
  • 2012 The distillery is refurbished with upgrades made to the mash tun and washbacks

Longmorn Facts

  • Capacity (mlpa) i
  • Condenser Type i
    Shell and tube - multi pass
  • Fermentation Time i
  • Grist Weight (t) i
  • Heat Source i
    Steam - thermo compression/heating coils
  • Malt Specification i
    Non peated
  • Malt Supplier i
    Bairds, Boort
  • Mash Tun Type i
  • New-make Strength i
  • Spirit Still Charge (l) i
  • Spirit Still Shape i
  • Stills i
    8 (4 wash, 4 spirit)
  • Wash Still Charge (l) i
  • Wash Still Shape i
  • Wash Still Size (l) i
  • Washback Size (l) i
  • Washback Type i
    Stainless steel
  • Washbacks i
  • Water Source i
    Bore Hole
  • Wort Clarity i
    Less than 20 EBC
  • Yeast Type i


Parent company

Current owner

Previous owners

  • Seagram Distillers 1977 - 2001
  • The Glenlivet Distilleries 1970 - 1977
  • Longmorn-Glenlivet Distillery Co 1899 - 1970
  • John Duff 1893 - 1899


Longmorn Distillery
IV30 2SJ
United Kingdom
+44 1542 783417
Visitor Opening Hours
Not open to the public


See also

  • Aberlour Aberlour Aberlour Distillery & brand


    Part of Chivas Brothers' portfolio, Aberlour is best known for its cult expression, A'Bunadh.

  • Allt-a-Bhainne Allt-a-Bhainne Allt-a-Bhainne Distillery & brand


    Allt-a-Bhainne was built in 1975.

  • Braeval Braeval Braeval Distillery & brand


    The joint highest Scottish distillery.

  • Glen Keith Glen Keith Glen Keith Distillery & brand

    Glen Keith

    Experimental site with a fruity whisky.

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