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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


Distillery Capacity

2 800 000 litres

Distillery Status


Distillery Owner

Benriach Distillery Co

Distillery Address

Longmorn, Elgin, Morayshire IV30 8SJ

Distillery Website


John Duff & Co founds the distillery.


John Duff gets into financial trouble and pawns his company. Finally, the bank sells Benriach to the Longmorn Distilleries Company.


The distillery is mothballed. The maltings is kept running to supply the ‘sister’ distillery Longmorn with malt.


The distillery is reopened by the new owners, The Glenlivet Distillers Ltd.


Seagram Distillers plc takes over ownership.


Seagrams starts producing a peated Benriach.


The number of stills is increased from two to four.


The first official bottling is a 10 year old.


The maltings is decommissioned.


Pernod Ricard takes over Chivas Brothers.


The distillery is mothballed in October.


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.


Four different vintages are released in limited editions - 1966, 1970, 1978 och 1984.


Sixteen new releases, among them a 25 year old, a 30 year old and 8 different vintages.


A 40 year old and three new heavily peated expressions are released.


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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BenRiach 16 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Named Best Speyside Single Malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards, this 16 year old BenRiach was also a Gold Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition.  More info
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A decadent cream liqueur, made from a blend of Dutch cream and whisky from the BenRiach distillery in the Speyside region. Excellent for adding rich, chocolatey dimensions to your coffees or as a...  More info
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BenRiach 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Winner of a Bronze Medal at the 2005 International Wine and Spirits Competition, this 12-year old from the BenRiach distillery bettered itself the following year, taking home a Silver.  More info
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Part of the 11th batch of Single Cask releases from BenRiach, this is an 18 year old single malt which was distilled in 1996 and given a finishing period in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Puncheon, before it...  More info
An excellent 17 year old BenRiach, from their peated "Solstice" range. This is the second release, replacing the previous 15 year old version, and finished in a port pipe. Lovely stuff!  More info
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A 15 year old from BenRiach. This Speysider was initially matured in American oak bourbon barrels before a finish in casks from the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain...  More info
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15 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, firstly matured in American oak bourbon barrels, and then finished in Sauternes casks from the Bordeaux region. This...  More info
BenRiach 20 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
A Silver Medal winner at the 2006 International Wine and Spirits Competition and a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge a year prior, a superb 20 year old single malt from...  More info
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A fantastic BenRiach single malt matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts sourced from Jerez for a minimum of 12 years. An IWSC Trophy winner back in 2011, expect classic dried fruit, spice...  More info
A heavily peated whisky from the BenRiach distillery. This is at higher than average strength and was distilled from peated malt at 35ppm. The result is at once smoky and very fruity.  More info
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BenRiach 10 Year Old
(70cl, 43%)
Launched in April 2015, the release of BenRiach 10 Year Old marks a milestone in The BenRiach Distillery Company's ownership. For the first time we have a core bottling created predominantly with...  More info
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This 15 year old BenRiach was finished in Madeira barrels from Henriques and Henriques after an initial maturation in ex-bourbon American oak casks.  More info
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A 15 year old from BenRiach that was first aged in bourbon casks before being finished in casks from the Douro region of Portugal, previously used to mature Tawny Port.  More info
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A triple distilled (!) whisky from BenRiach. This high strength 12 year old is aged in bourbon and finished in sherry casks. This is one of just a handful of its kind, and the first BenRiach to be...  More info
The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.  More info
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A 36 year old (!) single cask BenRiach, distilled in 1977 and finished in a Moscatel wine hogshead before bottling in June 2013. The outturn was 281 bottles.  More info
From BenRiach's peated range comes Septendecim (seventeen in Latin) - a 17 year old Speyside whisky made in the styles of Speyside whisky from yesteryear - more robust and muscular.  More info
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A single cask bottling of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry puncheon. It was distilled in 1999 and left to mature until November 2014, when it was bottled with an...  More info
Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.  More info
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The BenRiach distillery release quite a variety of whisky, what with making peated and both unpeated whisky in a range of interesting cask finishes. In fact, this release from their 11th batch of...  More info
BenRiach 35 Year Old
(70cl, 42.50%)
Introduced to the BenRiach range in late 2014, their 35 year old single malt Scotch whisky brings truck-loads of mouthwatering tropical fruit, dark chocolate, treacle and warming oak spice notes...  More info
No monkeying around, the third batch of BenRiach bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company is utterly bananas! If you're wondering why this chimp champ of a whisky is getting so many puns, it's...  More info
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A limited edition BenRiach, distilled in 1999 and matured in ex-bourbon before enjoying some time being finished in virgin American oak casks. You don't see that happening every day, but it has...  More info
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BenRiach 25 Year Old
(70cl, 46.80%)
BenRiach 25 year old is aged in a combination of three different cask types: Oloroso, bourbon and virgin oak. Now bottled "at the preferred strength of 46.8%".  More info
This is a peated BenRiach from the distillery's official single cask range. It was distilled in 1976 and aged for 35 years in hogshead number 8804. This is a release of 232 bottles, bottled in 2012.  More info
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