double production to meet future demand.
Benroamch, Speyside's smallest
distillery is set for a major expansion
to meet growing demand for their single
malt whisky around the world.
Benromach distillery, which only
reopened in 1998 when family-owned
whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail
extensively refurbished the distillery
to bring it back to its former glory,
has seen massive growth in sales recent
Currently only two distillers, Keith
Cruickshank and Mike Ross, produce the
handcrafted Benromach range but as part
of a seven figure investment in the
whisky, Gordon & MacPhail is to recruit
a third distiller and double the current
Managing Director Michael Urquhart said:
"We are very proud of Benromach whisky.
It’s handcrafted and the only
traditional Speyside whisky currently
"It’s been a huge success and we know we
will need to increase production if we
are to meet demand in the future. Whisky
production is a business that needs
vision and long term planning and this
is a sign of the confidence we have in
the Benromach brand.
"This investment comes on the back of
40% growth in worldwide sales in 2012
and continued strong growth in 2013,
coupled with our ongoing projections.
"Keith and Mike are very much looking
forward to welcoming a third member of
the team in the coming months."
As well as employing a third stillman,
the company will build another two
warehouses next to the Forres distillery
as well as recruiting a brand manager.
Benromach Distillery, established in
1898, was purchased by Gordon & MacPhail
in 1993 after being closed for many
It was completely refurbished and
refitted and was officially re-opened in
1998 by HRH The Prince of Wales. Since
then it has launched a series of single
malt whiskies including the flagship 10
The company recently won their second
Queen’s Award for Enterprise for
International Trade, partly as a result
of the success of Benromach. Total
company exports had risen 55 per cent in
2012 and have doubled in the three
Overall sales of Benromach continue to
build with an increase of 40 per cent in
the last year. Along with a strong UK
presence, Benromach is now exported to
40 countries with major markets in
Sweden, China, France and the US.
The company has won many awards during
the last decade for a series of
innovative products including Benromach
Organic in 2006, the world’s first fully
certified organic whisky.