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Benrinnes

The original Benrinnes was sited almost a mile south-east of today’s distillery. Built on the Whitehouse Farm in 1826 by Peter McKenzie, the distillery was completely destroyed just three years later, after a great flood laid waste to the buildings. In 1835, a new distillery was built, sited on the side of its namesake, the 840m peak which looms over Speyside.

Alongside four other distilleries, Benrinnes draws its water from springs on the mountain, tapping the Rowantree and Scurran Burns. Following a devastating fire at the end of the nineteenth century, BenRinnes was rebuilt, converting to electric power. The distillery has an unusual distillation method; the six stills are used to partially triple-distil the make. Benrinnes made use of a Saladin Box maltings system from 1964.

In 1984, it was decommissioned and malt was bought in instead. Despite the long history of Benrinnes, there has only been one official bottling - in 1991 a fifteen year-old was released. Save for a few independent bottlings, the majority of the spirit has been used in blends, notably Johnnie Walker and J&B. Today, single malt whiskies from Benrinnes remain a rare treat. The distillery is currently under Diageo ownership.

Benrinnes Whisky Distillery

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About Benrinnes Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 872600

Distillery Founded

1826

Distillery Capacity

2 540 000 litres

Distillery Address

Aberlour, Banffshire

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1826

The first Benrinnes distillery is built at Whitehouse Farm by Peter McKenzie.

1829

A flood destroys the distillery.

1834

A new distillery, Lyne of Ruthrie, is constructed a few kilometres from the first one. The owner John Innes files for bankruptcy and William Smith & Company takes over.

1864

William Smith & Company goes bankrupt and David Edward becomes the new owner.

1896

Benrinnes is ravaged by fire which prompts major refurbishment and rebuilding including electrification. David Edward dies and his son Alexander Edward takes over. Alexander also founds the distilleries Dallas Dhu, Aultmore and Craigellachie and purchases Oban.

1922

John Dewar & Sons takes over ownership.

1925

John Dewar & Sons becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

DCL transfers management and operations to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1955

– The distillery is completely rebuilt.

1964

Floor maltings is replaced by a Saladin box.

1966

The number of stills doubles to six.

1984

The Saladin box is taken out of service and the malt is purchased centrally.

1991

The first official bottling from Benrinnes is a 15 year old in the Flora & Fauna series.

1996

United Distillers releases a 21 year old cask strength in their Rare Malts series.

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Distilled in 1984 at Benrinnes, this fabulous single cask whisky was bottled by the wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
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This Benrinnes was matured in oak casks and bottled by Duncan Taylor. It's a clean and well-structured whisky with pronounced fruit notes.  More info
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This is 'That Boutique-y Whisky Company's' first Benrinnes. This indomitable distillery has suffered floods, fires and bankruptcy yet has soldiered on and still producers fine malt whisky to this...  More info
This was distilled at the Benrinnes distillery in the Summer of 1999. It was aged for 12 years in a single sherry butt before bottling for the Provenance range in Summer 2012.  More info
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This was distilled in 1997 at Benrinnes and aged for 14 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their NC2 range in 2011.  More info
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This was distilled on the 6th June 1995 at the Benrinnes distillery. It was then matured in hogshead 5885 for 16 years before bottling on the 6th January 2012 by Signatory. A release of 313 numbered...  More info
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This was distilled at the Benrinnes distillery in Winter 1999. It was then aged for 12 years in a single sherry butt before bottling in 2011 for Douglas Laing's cracking Provenance range.  More info
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This thirteen year old Benrinnes was bottled by Douglas Laing for the 20cl range of their Old Malt Cask brand. These are known as the 'Advance Samples' and are designed to replicate the sample bottles...  More info
A 12 year old from the Benrinnes distillery. This was distilled on the 18th January 1999 and aged in a pair of bourbon barrels before bottling on the 2nd March 2012. A release of 693 bottles from...  More info
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We've bottled 548 bottles of this heavily sherried Benrinnes at a natural cask strength of 57.8%abv without colouring or chill-filtration so you get to taste it like it comes out of the barrel. This...  More info
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This was distilled at Benrinnes in October 1984 before a 28 year maturation in a single cask (sherry puncheon number 2269). It was bottled at natural cask strength in 2012 and there are just 285...  More info
$202.25
A 17 year old from the Connoisseur's Choice range, this single malt underwent Benrinnes 'partial triple distillation', being distilled as it was in 1991and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
This 1974 was bottled for Gordon and MacPhail's Connoisseur's Choice range following a 10ure in refill sherry hogsheads. The sherried notes are indeed rife with honeyed sweetness and hints of spice.  More info
A Signatory bottling from Benrinnes. This was distilled on the 25th November 1997 and matured in two hogsheads (casks 95 and 96) for 12 years before bottling on the 14th December 2009. A release of...  More info
A single cask Benrinnes, matured in refill butt 115 for 24 years and bottled by Signatory on the 5th April 2008. Part of a release of 598 bottles.  More info
This Connoisseurs Choice Benrinnes was distilled in 1975, matured in refill sherry hogsheads and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. They describe this as having "a fresh, clean character with typical...  More info
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A single cask Speyside. This was distilled at Benrinnes in Spring of 1997 and matured for 11 years in bourbon barrel number 4822 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Provenance range in Winter of...  More info
A triple distilled Speyside malt! This has a wonderful character and also comes complete with a wooden presentation case. It's gotten extremely hard to find these original Flora and Fauna bottles with...  More info
14 year old Speyside malt from the Benrinnes distillery. This was distilled in October 1994 and aged in butt number 8641 before bottling in 2009 for the Dun Bheagan, a release of 862 bottles.  More info
10 year old Benrinnes, distilled in Autumn of 1997, this was aged in bourbon finished barrel number 3940 before bottling in Autumn 2007 by Douglas Laing.  More info
This was distilled at Benrinnes on the 17th October 1984, and it was aged for 25 years in sherry butt number 2273 before bottling on the 19th August 2010 at cask strength. There were 611 numbered...  More info
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Distilled in 1991 at Benrinnes, this was bottled for BBR's Berry's Own Selection.  More info
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A 13 year old Benrinnes, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled on the 25th November 1997 and aged in hogsheads 97 and 98 before bottling on the 26th November 2010. A release of 809 numbered...  More info
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This is a 1976 Benrinnes bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2010 and delivers Christmas cake flavours.  More info
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