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Flags at Benromach Distillery fly at half mast for esteemed brewer Tom Anderson

By Jonathan Clark

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FLAGS were flying at half-mast at Benromach Distillery after the passing of an esteemed brewer.

Flags were at half mast at Benromach Distillery.
Flags were at half mast at Benromach Distillery.

Tom Anderson, who worked in the whisky industry for 39 years before retiring to the cottages at Benromach, passed away at Dr Gray’s in Elgin at the age of 91 on July 19.

Mr Anderson was born on Islay, doing his national service in the RAF in Aiden before venturing into whisky.

He started out at Laphroaig on the Isle of Islay aged just 23, working there for 13 years before moving on to work for Lagavulin Distillery, also on Islay, for 11 years.

He eventually moved to Forres, where members of his family continue to live, and worked in the town for five years – before working for a further decade at Glen Ord Distillery.

Tom, whose funeral took place on Tuesday, helped Gordon and McPhail when Benromach restarted, assisting the company with his knowledge of the distillery.

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