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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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This is a delicious 1985 vintage, 26 year old BenRiach which was distilled from peated malt and finished in a cask which previously held sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry. Very good stuff and at...  More info
$188.87
A half bottle of 12 year old BenRiach, distilled on the 19th May 1986 and aged in casks 4804 and 4805 before bottling in June 1998 by Signatory.  More info
14 year old BenRiach, this was distilled in April of 1995, this was aged in casks 90332 and 90333 before being given a finish in a rum cask. Bottled in 2010.  More info
A recent release from BenRiach, Solstice is a peated whisky (unusual for Speyside, perhaps not for BenRiach though) which was aged in bourbon barrels before a finish in tawny port pipes. Loads of...  More info
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$81.24
A cask strength single cask BenRiach, distilled in 1978 and finished in a Tokaji Aszu Hungarian dessert wine cask. This was aged for 32 years.  More info
$348.45
Part of the 2010 wine-finished releases from Benriach. Loads of Floral and fruity notes on the nose.  More info
BenRiach 16 Year Old 1988
(70cl, 54.70%)
A 16 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1988 and matured in sherry Cask No. 802, before being bottled in September of 2005 at cask strength.  More info
$113.97
Distilled at BenRiach on the 20th September 1985, and aged for 24 years in bourbon barrel 5502, before bottling on the 10th November 2009. Botted at cask strength.  More info
A cask strength whisky from the BenRiach distillery (known for its malty, biscuity whiskies), this was finished in Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry barrels.  More info
$340.15
BenRiach 1986
(70cl, 55%)
A 1986 Vintage from the BenRiach distillery.  More info
A 13 year old BenRiach distilled in 1996 and aged in casks 90661 and 90663. It was given a finish in a Pomerol Wine cask, before bottling in 2010 as a release of 1129 bottles.  More info
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