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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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A limited edition BenRiach, distilled in 1999 and matured in ex-bourbon before enjoying some time being finished in virgin American oak casks. You don't see that happening every day, but it has...  More info
$72.98
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
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Peated BenRiach, distilled in 1994 and bottled in July 2014 as part of their 11th batch of single cask bottlings. Before this one was bottled at 20 years of age, it enjoyed a finishing period in a...  More info
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This is a 23 year old BenRiach single malt, which rather interestingly was matured in a South African Sherry cask - quite a rare sight indeed. 320 bottles were produced by independent bottler Adelphi.  More info
$179.12
From BenRiach's 11th batch of single cask bottlings comes a 20 year old single malt, distilled in 1994 and left to age. Before it was bottled in July 2014, the whisky was transferred over to a tawny...  More info
$152.94
Part of WM Cadenhead's popular Duthies range, this BenRiach single malt aged for 16 years before it was bottled. The cask in which it was matured had an outturn of 366 bottles.  More info
$74.64
This is a peated BenRiach from the distillery's official single cask range. It was distilled in 1976 and aged for 35 years in hogshead number 8804. This is a release of 232 bottles, bottled in 2012.  More info
$518.37
A 16 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky which has been finished in a Marsala wine cask. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of 412 bottles.  More info
$109.84
This is a 9 year old BenRiach single malt, which has been finished in a new American oak cask before being bottled. It was distilled in the heady days of 2005 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn...  More info
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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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$64.52
A 12 year old from the BenRiach distillery, this Speyside single malt was finished in casks used prior to mature Pedro Ximenez sherry. This is a heavily peated BenRiach, a limited release of 3,180...  More info
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A single cask release from the BenRiach distillery, exclusive to the UK. Distilled in 1994, this single malt Scotch whisky was finished in an virgin American oak cask before being bottled in October...  More info
$133.90
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
$406.72
This is a rich and full-bodied BenRiach which was distilled in 1976. It was aged for 35 years in sherry butt number 6967. The result is a classic, rich Speyside whisky of the old school.  More info
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$518.37
A delicious, fruity, rich single cask BenRiach, this was distilled in 1976 and aged in cask 5317 for 35 years. This included a finish in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask before bottling in July 2012.  More info
$518.37
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
$130.08
A single cask release of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside. The immensely tasty whisky, which was distilled in 1996, was bottled in 2013 by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$125.73
Part of Batch 10 of BenRiach's single cask bottlings - a 37 (!) year old single malt, distilled in 1976 and left to mature in a hogshead until June 2013. The angels had their fair share of this and...  More info
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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
A very intriguing BenRiach, from the 10th batch of single cask releases. This peated single malt was distilled in 1985 and finished in a virgin American oak hogshead before being bottled in June 2013...  More info
$259.60
Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info
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This is a 22 year old, single cask BenRiach which was distilled in 1990 and finished in a cask which previous held maturing tawny port. Very fruity and rich.  More info
A 19 year old peated whisky from BenRiach. It was distilled in 1994, back when BenRiach still had a malting floor, with hogshead 286 yielding just 215 bottles in June 2013.  More info
$129.69
The second Batch of BenRiach single malt scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Recently BenRiach began malting the own barley once again, it is labour intensive work however, potentially...  More info
A rich, biscuity whisky from BenRiach, distilled in 1996 and bottled by renowned wine merchants, BBR.  More info
$60.13
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