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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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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 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 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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A 14 year old Benrinnes from Douglas Laing. Expect top quality casks.  More info
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A belter of a Benrinnes - good, clean sherry - very nice indeed, thank you very much! Matured for 14 years in a single sherry butt and bottled at natural cask strength as part of Master of Malt's...  More info
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A Speyside favourite - Benrinnes single malt. This Signatory bottling is drawn from two bourbon barrels, filled in October 1999 and bottled in February 2014. 723 bottles of 14 year old Benrinnes...  More info
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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
This is an Old Particular bottling of Benrinnes single malt, distilled in July 1999 and matured in a single Sherry butt. 15 years later, this Sherried Speysider was bottled by Douglas Laing with an...  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 is a bottling of 17 year old Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, made possible by the folks behind the Maltman bottling series. The Maltman emblem says "Courageous and Faithful", which is...  More info
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356 bottles of 17 year old Benrinnes whisky emerged from cask 5883 in April 2013 to join the Cask Strength Collection from Signatory, and the world became a better place because of it.  More info
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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
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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This is a 1976 Benrinnes bottled by Gordon and MacPhail in 2010 and delivers Christmas cake flavours.  More info
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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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Distilled in 1991 at Benrinnes, this was bottled for BBR's Berry's Own Selection.  More info
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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
A Connoisseurs Choice bottling of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. It was distilled in 1997, matured in a mix of sherry butts and American oak casks and bottled in...  More info
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Celebrate Benrinnes, come on and celebrate! A Càrn Mòr bottling of Benrinnes single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1991 and bottled in June 2013. The single hogshead had an outturn of 178 bottles.  More info
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This is a twenty-four year old Benrinnes bottled by Mackillop's Choice in 2012.  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 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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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
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As part of Hunter Laing's Old & Rare collection, this Benrinnes 27 Year Old is certainly both of those adjectives. It was distilled in August 1985 in a refill butt and left to mature for 27 years...  More info
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A Hunter Laing bottling of 28 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Benrinnes distillery in Speyside. Part of the Hunter Laing Old & Rare Platinum collection, this whisky sat in a single refill...  More info
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