Thomas Ewer’s passion for single malt Scotch whisky, his personal contacts at the distilleries and the joy of discovering new whiskies were the driving forces behind the creation of Malts of Scotland. After years of searching for the best and rarest casks to select and buy, it was decided in 2009 to bottle the first release of 11 special single cask Scotch whiskies under the name of Malts of Scotland. The motto of Malts of Scotland is special bottlings for special moments. All the details are significant: from the careful selection of the casks to the design and appearance of the packaging and the company. In the warehouses of Malts of Scotland there are about 400 barrels of whisky aging from more than 60 Scottish distilleries. This wide range ensures that we will certainly be spoiled with more special bottlings in the future. The whiskies of Malts of Scotland are not colored, are un-chillfiltered and most are bottled at cask strength. What you get is the purest taste of uisge beatha.
In 1894 (some sources say 1893, others 1895), John Duff (of GlenDronach & Glenlossie), Charles Shirres and George Thomson founded the Longmorn distillery in the heart of Speyside, between Glen of Rothes and Elgin. Due to the Pattison Crash, the distillery came into the hands of James R Grant, signaling the start of a prosperous period in which Longmorn never closed. John Duff moved to South Africa and America to try his luck, but after unsuccessful stints returned to Scotland to start up the BenRiach distillery. In the early ‘70s the floor maltings at Longmorn ceased and capacity quadrupled. Since 19 December 2001 the distillery is owned by Pernod-Ricard and produces around 3,5 million litres per annum. Part of the production is destined for the blends Something Special and Queen Anne. The distillery is not open to the public.
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