Banff Distillery is, regretably, no longer
in existence. It was completely dismantled in 1983 and the
entire whisky inventory of the distillery was sold, presumably
to the blending trade. Fortunately, some of the casks were
released to the independent bottlers, which enabled the single
malt connoisseur to experience this, soon to be extinct, whisky
in its original state. Banff Distillery was founded in 1824
by James Mckilligan and Company. It was destroyed by fire
and rebuilt in 1877. As were some other Scottish distilleries,
the Banff facilities were utilized by soldiers as billets
during World War II. As pertains to "security", however, this
was of no help as a lone German aircraft bombed the distillery
warehouse and it was burned to the ground. A story in the
local Banffshire Journal stated that "thousands of gallons
of whisky were lost, either by burning or running to waste
over the land." The highly detailed article by the apparant
eyewitness reporter stated that "even the farm animals grazing
in the neighbourhood became visibly intoxicated." Even the
cows, it was said, could not be milked because they could
not stand up and many ducks and geese in the nearby ponds
and waterways were killed from alcohol overdose.
||Medium to full
||Peat and smoke,
with some oil.
becoming dry. Some smoke and a trace of spice.
||Medium in length.
Some sweetness and spice.