|Reservoir beside Longmorn Distillery, looking towards BenRiach|
The outflow from the reservoir runs northwest and meets the Foths Burn out of Glenlossie to form the Burn of Linkwood which supplies the distillery of that name. A separate small reservoir on the east side of Longmorn supplies cooling water to the distillery and the process water is drawn from boreholes. There is a large cistern beside the distillery, shown in the photo here complete with a flotation gauge on the outside wall.
|Longmorn malt barn and kiln|
Despite a promising start at Longmorn Duff’s fortunes were bound up in his investment at Benriach just as the Pattison Crash was about to hit. He was declared bankrupt in 1898 and Longmorn was sold to a James Grant the following year. It survived the crash and seems to have had a fairly quiet history until 1970 when it amalgamated with Glenlivet and Glen Grant Distilleries as The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd, and from there ultimately into Chivas Brothers (MWYB 2011).
|Longmorn Distillery main buildings|
The current mash tun is a stainless steel traditional infusion mash tun and there are 8 large stainless steel washbacks which replaced smaller Oregon pine backs a few years ago. There are now shell and tube condensers placed outside the still houses where before there were worm tubs, the outflow from which used to power a waterwheel to drive the rummagers in the wash stills. I have queried the operation of rummagers in a few early posts on the journey and when researching Longmorn I found a fantastic diagram of their operation on the RCAHMS Canmore website.
The only current official bottling by the distillery is a 16yo at 48% that was first released in 2007 to replace a previous 15yo. I tried it last year for the first time and found it to be a very satisfying dram, a style of whisky I enjoy most if I don’t have anything peaty to hand. I had previously only tasted one more that I could recall and that was an SMWS bottle that was described as having a taste like a tuck shop, with a bubble gum kind of sweetness alongside biscuit, vanilla and toffee. Yummy, and almost as tasty as a rhubarb & custard chew, almost.
|Longmorn dunnage warehouses|
Longmorn Distillery is not open to the public and additional information here was kindly supplied by Chivas Brothers.