Banff DistilleryBanff Distillery

Founded in 1824
The distillery is long gone, but the town that gave it its name, sits right on the northwestern coast of the Highlands, where the River Deveron spills into the North Sea.

Banff was destroyed by fire and Nazis. The first distillery was built in 1824, directly on Banff Bay. They had several small fires on site over their first years, but then a major fire in 1877 nearly wiped out the distillery itself (but the storage rickhouses emerged unscathed).

When they rebuilt, they added their own fire engine on site. Then -- as if we needed another reason to hate Nazi's -- in 1941, a squadron of Nazi Junker JU 88 fighter-bombers attacked, destroying warehouse No. 12. Decades of production were lost as the spirit poured into the local water supply, and flaming casks swept into town.

After World War II they set out to rebuild. But a coppersmith working on one of the stills, accidentally ignited alcohol vapors in the main tank. The still was destroyed, and a large portion of the distllery was damaged.

They managed to get things back together and continued to produce Whisky until the facility was mothballed for good in 1983. They still had spirits aging in the warehouses however, but in 1991 the last remaining warehouse -- you guessed it -- caught fire and burned to the ground. 

Flavor Spiral™

About The Flavor Spiral

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What does Banff taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Banff Scotch. It's based on all Banff drinks in our large database and gives you a chance to taste Banff before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Distillery Details

  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region
  • Established
  • Owner
    Distillers Company Limited
  • Type
    Single malt
  • Status
  • Address
    Banff Distillery, Inverboyndie, Banffshire, AB45 2JJ United Kingdom
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For heat, the stills were coal fed by hand, all the way until 1963.

Since the Germans seemed intent on attacking Banff and their little distillery, RAF Squadron 248 was placed on the distillery ground from 1943 through the end of the war.
There's a dram for everyone in the Highlands!

Highlands are the largest of the Scottish Whisky regions. Geographically the Highland Whisky region is defined as everything north of an imaginary line between Dundee and Greenock.

Single malt Whisky from the Highlands offer a lot of flavour diversity. You'll find everything from smoky drams to light and elegant floral & fruity Whiskies coming from the Highland distilleries.
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