Growing demand for its single malt whisky around the world has led to the recruitment of a fourth distiller at a distillery on Speyside that was revived less than 20 years ago.
Local man Murdo MacKenzie (24) from Findhorn, near Forres, is now the fourth distiller at Benromach and will be handcrafting the Benromach range alongside the existing, experienced trio of distillers.
Benromach was revived by family-owned whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail, who decided to create a traditional single malt in a style that draws it influence from pre 1960s Speyside whiskies.
Since re-opening with just two distillers in 1998, the Benromach brand has grown in popularity, in the UK and overseas. A third distiller was appointed in 2013.
Keith Cruickshank, Benromach Distillery Manager welcomed the latest recruit, saying:
“As our newest distiller, Murdo will become part of the small team that is proud to handcraft Benromach whisky and help us meet demand from across the globe."
“Benromach, with its unique pre 1960s character, has proved a huge hit in the UK and overseas markets. It’s proved very popular with whisky lovers but also those who are trying whisky for the first time.”
New recruit Murdo is no stranger to whisky as he’s worked at the Elgin warehouse of Gordon & MacPhail for the last 19 months. And the physical side of the job should not prove too much of a challenge for a young man who spends his spare time kickboxing, paddle boarding and doing taekwondo, not to mention walking his dog on Findhorn beach.
Murdo Mackenzie commented:
“I’m really looking forward to learning how to make whisky the traditional way. It’s a real privilege to have the chance to learn from the other members of the team and play a part in producing such a special malt whisky.”
Benromach is now exported to more than 40 countries around the world and sales have increased by 36% in the last twelve months alone. The flagship Benromach 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has gathered a clutch of awards since its launch in 2009 including a Gold Award at the World Whisky Awards in 2016 and a double gold in the San Francisco World Spirits Awards in 2016.