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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 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
$260.51
A single cask BenRiach utilising previously unused (freshly toasted) wood. Power, vanilla, and lots of Bourbon-y goodness!  More info
$281.44
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
$108.88
Distilled at Benriach in 1977, this stunning single cask whisky was aged in cask 642 for 34 years before bottling by Adelphi at natural cask strength. A release of 217 bottles, bottled in 2011.  More info
$300.71
A rich, biscuity whisky from BenRiach, distilled in 1996 and bottled by renowned wine merchants, BBR.  More info
$60.62
BenRiach 30 Year Old
(70cl, 50%)
A 30 year old aged in a combination of bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Gomez sherry, this single malt from BenRiach was heralded by Malt Maniacs who awarded it a Silver Medal.  More info
$270.15
The second Batch of BenRiach single malt scotch whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Recently BenRiach began malting the own barley once again, it is labour intensive work however, potentially...  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
$130.76
This is a 22 year old, single cask BenRiach which was distilled in 1990 and finished in a cask which previous held maturing tawny port. Very fruity and rich.  More info
Bottled at the higher strength of 46%abv (as opposed to previous Connoisseurs Choice bottlings) this is a 1997 vintage BenRiach, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2012.  More info
$82.60
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
$261.72
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
$598.81
A single cask release of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside. The immensely tasty whisky, which was distilled in 1996, was bottled in 2013 by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
$126.76
Distilled at BenRiach in February 1990, this single cask whisky spent a 19 year maturation period in a refill hogshead before being bottled in April 2009. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range...  More info
A delicious, fruity, rich single cask BenRiach, this was distilled in 1976 and aged in cask 5317 for 35 years. This included a finish in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask before bottling in July 2012.  More info
$522.62
This is a rich and full-bodied BenRiach which was distilled in 1976. It was aged for 35 years in sherry butt number 6967. The result is a classic, rich Speyside whisky of the old school.  More info
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$522.62
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
$193.78
A 12 year old from the BenRiach distillery, this Speyside single malt was finished in casks used prior to mature Pedro Ximenez sherry. This is a heavily peated BenRiach, a limited release of 3,180...  More info
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Just 1,650 bottles were produced of this BenRiach 16 year old, finished in First Growth Bordeaux previously used to mature Sauternes from Chateau D'Yquem  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.5/5)
$65.05
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