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1966 Banff, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (45.2%)

1966 Banff, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (45.2%)

Banff Distillery, Speyside | Code:  40615 | 1966 | Scotch Whisky > Speyside Whisky | 45.2 % alcohol


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The Producer

Banff Distillery, Speyside

Banff Distillery, Speyside

The history of the Banff distillery is marked by a series of disasters and relentless reconstructions. The distillery lies just a mile outside the town Banff (north-Speyside) by the seaside.

James Mc Killigan.was the founder in 1824 giving it the name Mill of Banff. Closed in 1863, it was rebuild on another site in Inverboyndie, only to be devastated by fire in 1877. Disaster stuck again in 1941, when a bomb from a lone German bomber set fire on one of the warehouses, causing barrels of whisky to leak out into the local fields, rivers and canals. Several ducks were reported to have died from alcohol poisoning. Supposedly the local cows could not be milked for days afterwards, as they were unable to stand up, and a fireman who saved some whisky in his helmet during the rescue operation was taken to court for petty pilfering. In 1953, an explosion in the still room damaged the distillery once again.

Banff was permanently closed down in 1983 by DCL during the whisky recession, leaving a substantial amount of stock that eventually found it way in the hands of various independent bottlers. The buildings were gradually dismantled and the last part was destroyed by fire in 1991.

The style of the single malt is refreshing, fragrant, with lemon grass, minty and grassy overtones.

The Region

Speyside Whisky

To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.

Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.

Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.

The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’. 

Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.

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