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Issue 113 - Heart of the community

Whisky Magazine Issue 113
July 2013


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Heart of the community

Visiting one of the most distinctive distilleries in Scotland

?During the years following the end of the Second World War, the Scotch whisky industry began to experience more positive fortunes after half a century in the economic doldrums. Exports to the USA led recovery, so it was appropriate that one of the very first new distilleries to be built in Scotland post-war was created by a UK subsidiary of the US company Schenley Industries.
That subsidiary was Long John Distilleries Ltd, and after exhaustive exploration and water analysis a site was selected near the River Spey, close to the hamlet of Advie and alongside the main A95 road between Aberlour and Grantown-on-Spey. Water was sourced from the Achvochkie Burn, and the new distillery was christened Tormore – Gaelic for ‘big hill.'
Keen to make a statement, Long John enlisted the services of celebrated architect Sir Albert Richardson for the project. Construction work on what was to be a showpiece distillery, dedicated to producing malt spirit for the Long John blend, began in 1958. No expense was spared, with the final bill coming in at some £500,000.
Even today, Tormore remains one of the most distinctive-looking distilleries in Scotland, with its mix of traditional and contemporary styling, including arched windows, stone balustrades and a copper roof, intended to turn green with time. Topiary was created in the shape of stills, and there was even a cupola, complete with a musical clock which originally played a variety of Scottish tunes when it chimed.
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