About Benriach Whisky Distillery
2 800 000 litres
Benriach Distillery Co
Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 8SJ
John Duff & Co founds the distillery.
John Duff gets into financial trouble and pawns his company. Finally, the bank sells Benriach to the Longmorn Distilleries Company.
The distillery is mothballed. The maltings is kept running to supply the ‘sister’ distillery Longmorn with malt.
The distillery is reopened by the new owners, The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.
Seagram Distillers plc takes over ownership.
Seagrams starts producing a peated Benriach.
The number of stills is increased from two to four.
The first official bottling is a 10 year old.
The maltings is decommissioned.
Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers.
The distillery is mothballed in October.
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.
Four different vintages are released in limited editions - 1966, 1970, 1978 och 1984.
Sixteen new releases, among them a 25 year old, a 30 year old and 8 different vintages.
A 40 year old and three new heavily peated expressions are released.
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