Distillery was founded in 1894 by John Duff and his
partners George Thomson and Charles Shirras. The
distillery lies by the river Lossie outside the city of
Rothes, a few kilometres south of Elgin.
The word ‘Longmorn’ is derived from the Gaelic word
Lhanmorgund which means ‘Morgan, the wholly man’.
Lhanmorgund stems from the word ‘Mo-emin-og’ which is
the name of a fifth-century missionary who was canonized
for bringing Christendom to the area surrounding Moray.
During the middle ages a chapel was erected in honour of
the missionary who is also called St Marnan or St
Marnoch. It is said that the warehouses of the Longmorn
distillery stand on the very site of this chapel.
Longmorn is currently owned by Pernod Richard and is
highly appreciated by the blended industry.
Longmorn Distillery is
built on the site of a medieval chapel. The distillery
made some changes in production in the 1990s which may
or may not affect the character of future Longmorn
whisky –time will tell!
Complex, nutty and malty.
Slightly smoky with clear sherry notes.
water is taken from underground springs close by.
Longmorn used to malt the barley themselves until 1970
when the floor maltings were converted into a stillhouse.
The distillery grind their malt in a Porteus mill. The
mash tun is made from cast iron and holds 8 tons. The
eight wooden washbacks each hold 38 500 litres. The
distillery has eight stills, the wash stills each have a
capacity of 9 700 litres and the spirit stills hold 6
500 litres each. Longmorn mature most of their whisky in
sherry casks which are stored in both dunnage and racked
The stills were heated with direct flame until the 1990s
but are now indirectly steam heated. Since the official
bottling is 15 years old we have yet to experience any
changes in character that may be the result of this
change. A special Longmorn tasting session might be
called for when the first bottling of whisky from the
‘new’ distilling technique is released!
Visitors: Visitors are welcomed after advance
booking. Longmorn has no visitor centre or gift shop.
Owner: Chivas Brothers Ltd / Pernod Ricard
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