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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. The 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 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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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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BenRiach 30 Year Old 1979
(70cl, 47.90%)
30 year old BenRiach distilled in 1979 and aged in bourbon barrel number 7511, bottled in July 2010 as part of a release of 173 bottles.  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
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
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
This was distilled in 1993 and finished in Barolo wine casks from Antonio Gaja. It was bottled in July 2010, at cask strength.  More info
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
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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Part of the 2010 wine-finished releases from Speyside distillery Benriach. This particular release is finished in casks from Burgundy.  More info
A light bodied Speyside dram fropm BenRiach. This was distilled in 1996 and aged in refill sherry hogsheads before bottling for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range.  More info
$58.82
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
$352.60
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
$115.33
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 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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$82.21
A single cask BenRiach utilising previously unused (freshly toasted) wood. Power, vanilla, and lots of Bourbon-y goodness!  More info
$291.00
A special release reserved exclusively for the UK market, 695 bottles of this single cask BenRiach have been produced at 58.30% abv. Aged for 16 years, a finishing period was spent in a PX cask.  More info
$112.57
Independent bottlers, Adelphi, have bottled this rather fantastic Benriach.  More info
$290.06
A rich, biscuity whisky from BenRiach, distilled in 1996 and bottled by renowned wine merchants, BBR.  More info
$62.68
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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Finished in Claret Barrels. "A Bordeaux is a Claret Fawlty"…  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
$135.20
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
$191.12
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