Rare Blended Malt To Come From Banffshire

28 Distilleries contribute to Branch’s Centenary cask

As part of NFU Scotland’s centenary celebrations, members of the Banffshire Branch of NFU Scotland are touring their county to collect malt whisky from all of the 28 working distilleries within it.

The unique and exciting event symbolises the close links between the two main industries in an area that boasts some of the world’s most celebrated malts.

Members of the branch, and their empty cask, will start touring the distilleries on Thursday, 3 October and by the afternoon of Friday, 4 October, it is expected to be full with some of the finest malt whisky Scotland has to offer.   The cask, which starts its journey at Auchroisk, will be transported by Land Rover, a veteran tractor and a veteran lorry over the two days and will conclude its trip at Glenfiddich.

On Thursday, there will also be a Centenary buffet lunch at the Ugie House Hotel, hosted by the branch, with guests meeting at Strathisla Distillery and accompanying the cask on foot, before carrying on to Strathmill Distillery. At the end, a reception party, including the Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell, will meet the cask.

Bottles of ‘The Banffshire Centenary Blended Malt’ are expected to be available in February 2014, in time for the Union’s annual AGM – marking the end of the Union’s Centenary celebrations – with proceeds from the sale going to its Centenary Trust.

Branch Secretary Elaine Robertson said:
“I can think of no better way to celebrate NFU Scotland’s first 100 years than by bringing together the two industries at the heart of Banffshire – farming and whisky. This is a unique and exciting celebration and the branch is extremely grateful for the generosity of all of the distillers who are donating the whisky.

“In some cases, the distillers are allowing us to include malts that they do not normally release for blending, ensuring that this cask will represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for whisky aficionados.   

“A first release of what will be called “The Banffshire Centenary Blended Malt” is expected around the time of the NFUS AGM in February 2014.  The proceeds of the sales will go to the NFUS Centenary Fund.

“This two-day journey around some of the most famous names in the whisky industry underlines the important relationship between farmers and the distillers and perhaps the biggest challenge will be trying to prevent the members sneaking a wee snifter from the cask on its way round the county!”  

Notes to Editors

  • Members of the press and photographers are invited to join the cask on its journey.  If you would like to attend, please contact Elaine Robertson at The NFU Office, Ground Floor, Mansfield House, Keith on 01542 882884 or 07867 672352
  • For information, the approximate timings for the event are:

Thursday 3rd October 2013
08:15 – 08:30 Auchroisk Distillery where the cask, kindly loaned by Duncan Taylor will be loaded onto a Land Rover supplied by Frank Ogg and Son.
08:45 – 09:00 Aultmore Distillery
09:30 – 09:45 Glenglassaugh Distillery
10:15 – 10:30 Macduff Distillery
11:00 – 11:20 Knockdhu Distillery
12:00 noon – Strathisla Distillery where members of NFUS Banffshire branch will meet invited guests and be led by a vintage tractor to Ugie House Hotel for a buffet lunch, sponsored by Wm. N. Lindsay and Son.
13:45 – Leave for Strathmill
14:00 – 14:30 – Strathmill Distillery
15:00 – 15:30 – Craigellachie Distillery
15:35 – Aberlour Distillery

Friday 4th October 2013
08:15 – 08:30 – Glenfarclas Distillery
09:00 – 09:15 – Cragganmore Distillery
10:00 – 10.30 – Tamnavoulin Distillery
11:00 – 11:30 – Tomintoul Distillery
12:00 – 13:15 – Glenlivet Distillery
13:30 – 13:50 – Dufftown, where the cask will be loaded onto a vintage lorry to continue its journey.
14:00 – Kinninvie followed by Balvenie and finishing at Glenfiddich at approximately 15:00.

  • To assist with collection, malt whiskies from those Banffshire distilleries not on the tour are still meeting up with the cask to be included.
  • Those wishing to be kept informed of release dates of this very limited edition (less than 50 bottles), should also contact Elaine Robertson at The NFU Office, Ground Floor, Mansfield House, Keith (01542 882884)


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Date Published:

News Article No.: 112/13

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