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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 vintage, single cask BenRiach. This was distilled on the 30th September 1985 and matured for 24 years in barrel number 5484 before bottling on the 2nd April 2010. A release of 186 bottles, at cask...  More info
18 year old BenRiach, finished in Portuguese Moscatel wine casks, a popular aperitif wine in the country made with muscat grapes.  More info
$80.58
A refill American hogshead matured Speyside, this was distilled at BenRiach in 1987 before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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An 18 year old from BenRiach, this was finished in Barolo wine casks from Gaja and the result is a very good whisky, released in 2010.  More info
A single refill hogshead matured Speyside malt. This was distilled at BenRiach in Spring of 1998 and matured for 11 years before bottling in Winter of 2010 (possibly a mistake!?) by Douglas Laing.  More info
This was distilled at the BenRiach distillery in Speyside on the 30th September 1985, matured for 23 years in a single bourbon barrel (cask number 208) before bottling on the 15th September 2009. Part...  More info
Whisky lovers looking for a 42 year old scorcher (and do use that term) will simply love this. This was distilled at BenRiach on the 18th April 1966 and aged in hogshead number 1019 before bottling at...  More info
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$612.88
BenRiach 1986
(70cl, 55%)
A 1986 Vintage from the BenRiach distillery.  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
$262.50
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
$600.60
BenRiach 1981
(70cl, 43%)
This BenRiach single malt was distilled in 1981 and bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range, a light, floral whisky with rubbed petals and a touch of greenness.  More info
A 33 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in Cask No. 4043, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in September of 2005 at cask strength.  More info
$248.36
Just 2,520 bottles of this BenRiach Importanticus were released. It's a 12 year old aged in ex-bourbon casks before being finished in casks previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info
Just 4,800 bottles of this 21 year old Authenticus are released annually, this BenRiach whisky exudes a dark peated power and well balanced sweetness with underlying wood notes.  More info
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A 34 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1970 and matured in Cask No. 4005, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  More info
BenRiach 29 Year Old 1975
(70cl, 59.10%)
A 29 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1972 and matured in Cask No. 7211, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in September of 2005 at cask strength.  More info
A 26 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1978 and matured in Cask No. 1589, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  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
$111.87
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
$185.39
A big, brooding, smoky, smouldering dram from BenRiach, this was distilled in 1984 and aged for 27 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. It was bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
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$196.77
This is a 1983 vintage BenRiach which was aged for 29 years in cask 291 - a refill hogshead. It was bottled at natural cask strength in 2012 and there are 257 bottles available.  More info
$234.12
The BenRiach distillery was moth-balled at the start of the 21st century and re-opened in 2004. The distillery tends to sell only to small or independent distributors, in keeping with the spirit of...  More info
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Independent bottlers, Adelphi, have bottled this rather fantastic Benriach.  More info
$281.37
This single cask whisky is the second release from the lads at Caskstrength.net and represents the "B" in their A-Z of drinks--the first being a limited edition Arran single malt Scotch whisky...  More info
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A 31 year old single cask BenRiach distilled in 1980 and matured in a previously unused and freshly toasted cask, which imparts powerful vanilla and bourbon magic. A release of just 171 bottles.  More info
$261.28
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