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BenRiach

Founded in 1897 by John Duff, the original BenRiach was short-lived; following monetary difficulties the distillery was sold to the Longmorn Distilleries Company who closed it at the turn of the twentieth century. BenRiach, named for the Gaelic for ‘speckled mountain’, was one of the few distilleries with its own floor maltings, following closure they remained in use, supplying neighbouring Longmorn.

In 1985, following good fortunes, two extra stills were added bringing the total to four. The floor maltings were in use again and remained so continuously until 1999. BenRiach market their product as a classic Speyside malt, yet have rather unusually named bottlings, given Latin monikers, ‘Authenticus’ and ‘Maderensis Fumosus’ being among the number.

In April of 2004, BenRiach was sold, along with several thousand casks, for £5.4million to the South African company, Infra Trading, combining their efforts with Burn Stewart director Billy Walker. The BenRiach has released peated and unpeated bottlings and several exotic finishes as well as independent bottlings. An incredible seven bottlings have been released specifically for the Asian market, such has been demand.

Benriach Whisky Distillery

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About Benriach Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 862888

Distillery Founded

1897

Distillery Capacity

2 800 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Benriach Distillery Co

Distillery Address

Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 8SJ

Distillery Website

www.benriachdistillery.co.uk

1897

John Duff & Co founds the distillery.

1899

John Duff gets into financial trouble and pawns his company. Finally, the bank sells Benriach to the Longmorn Distilleries Company.

1903

The distillery is mothballed. The maltings is kept running to supply the ‘sister’ distillery Longmorn with malt.

1965

The distillery is reopened by the new owners, The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.

1978

Seagram Distillers plc takes over ownership.

1983

Seagrams starts producing a peated Benriach.

1985

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1994

The first official bottling is a 10 year old.

1999

The maltings is decommissioned.

2001

Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers.

2002

The distillery is mothballed in October.

2004

A South African group, Intra Trading, buys Benriach together with the former Director at Burn Stewart, Billy Walker. The price is £5.4 million which also includes 5,000 casks aged between 3-34 years.

2005

Four different vintages are released in limited editions - 1966, 1970, 1978 och 1984.

2006

Sixteen new releases, among them a 25 year old, a 30 year old and 8 different vintages.

2007

A 40 year old and three new heavily peated expressions are released.

2008

New expressions include a peated Madeira finish, a 15 year old Sauternes finish and nine single casks. Benriach Distillery Co buys Glendronach distillery from Chivas Brothers.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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BenRiach 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Winner of a Bronze Medal at the 2005 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 12-year old from the BenRiach distillery bettered itself the following year, taking home a Silver.  More info
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$45.02
Arumaticus is part of a release of just 1,240 bottles, this peated 12 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery was aged in ex-bourbon casks before enjoying a finish in dark rum casks.  More info
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$54.72
Just 1,650 bottles were produced of this BenRiach 16 year old, finished in First Growth Bordeaux previously used to mature Sauternes from Chateau D'Yquem  More info
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$68.22
An excellent 17 year old BenRiach, from their peated "Solstice" range. This is the second release, replacing the previous 15 year old version, and finished in a port pipe. Lovely stuff!  More info
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$99.43
A 15 year old from BenRiach. This Speysider was initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in casks from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain...  More info
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$66.25
A well-peated offering, this 13 year old single malt from BenRiach has been finished in casks from the Portuguese island of Madeira, previously used to mature 'Henriques and Henriques' Madeira wine...  More info
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$53.90
A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info
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$50.58
Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$44.02
Matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks, this single malt from BenRiach is then finished in casks from the Jamaica, previously used to mature Dark Rum.  More info
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$64.08
We're properly over the moon about our incredible single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the BenRiach distillery! It was distilled in Serptember 1971, 6 years after the distillery...  More info
$800.54
From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$75.38
The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.  More info
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$41.99
BenRiach 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
A Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a 2006 Silver Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge.  More info
$65.46
A fabulous 25 year old BenRiach and peated too, which is unusual for a Speyside malt. This is the next step up after the lovely 21 year old Authenticus, offering up more complexity and power as well...  More info
$203.22
BenRiach 20 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A Silver Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge a year prior, a superb 20 year old single malt from...  More info
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$91.05
BenRiach 25 Year Old
(70cl, 50%)
This 25 year old was released in 2006 and aged in a combination of three casks: Oloroso, bourbon and fresh oak. It proffers some lovely fruit notes and dry spice and has been bottled at higher proof...  More info
$190.51
A 15 year old from BenRiach that was first aged in bourbon casks before being finished in casks from the Douro region of Portugal, previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info
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$66.25
Distilled at BenRiach in February 1990, this single cask whisky spent a 19 year maturation period in a refill hogshead before being bottled in April 2009. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range...  More info
$117.37
This 15 year old BenRiach was finished in Madeira barrels from Henriques and Henriques after an initial maturation in ex-bourbon American oak casks.  More info
$65.69
A rich, biscuity BenRiach, distilled in February 1990 and aged for 21 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2012. A release of 342 bottles.  More info
$137.54
A triple distilled (!) whisky from BenRiach. This high strength 12 year old is aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks. This is one of just a handful of its kind, and the first BenRiach to be...  More info
$75.89
A 35 year old BenRiach taken from a single cask with only 253 bottles produced at natural cask strength. The final part of the maturation period was spent in a Moscatel wine hogshead.  More info
$562.12
A 36 year old (!) single cask BenRiach, distilled in 1977 and finished in a Moscatel wine hogshead before bottling in June 2013. The outturn was 281 bottles.  More info
$596.19
This is a 34 year old, 1977 vintage whisky from BenRiach's impressive official range of single casks. It was finished in barrels which previously contained Rioja wine, and the result is an...  More info
$430.04
This was distilled at BenRiach in 1977 before a 34 year maturation in single cask number 2593. It was finished in a Sauternes dessert wine cask, and the result is gloriously honeyed and fruity.  More info
$430.04
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