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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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No monkeying around, the third batch of BenRiach bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is utterly bananas! If you're wondering why this chimp champ of a whisky is getting so many puns, it's...  More info
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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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$42.58
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
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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
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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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$50.98
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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$60.61
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
$62.12
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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$62.66
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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$62.66
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
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$61.91
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
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
The BenRiach distillery release quite a variety of whisky, what with making peated and both unpeated whisky in a range of interesting cask finishes. In fact, this release from their 11th batch of...  More info
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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
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$71.29
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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$94.04
18 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, finish in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry puncheon. In the year 1996, this whisky was distilled and placed into oak to mature. After a finishing period, it was...  More info
$139.94
Part of the 11th batch of Single Cask releases from BenRiach, this is an 18 year old single malt which was distilled in 1996 and given a finishing period in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon, before it...  More info
$148.67
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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$86.11
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
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
$165.52
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
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
$180.19
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
$192.20
A 29 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery, released as part of their 1th batch of single cask bottlings. This peated whisky was distilled in 1984 and bottled in July 2014, but not before...  More info
$288.15
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
$406.72
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