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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 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
$448.07
A 35 year old BenRiach taken from a single cask with only 253 bottles produced at natural cask strength. The final part of the maturation period was spent in a Moscatel wine hogshead.  More info
$420.73
Peated BenRiach, distilled in 1994 and bottled in July 2014 as part of their 11th batch of single cask bottlings. Before this one was bottled at 20 years of age, it enjoyed a finishing period in a...  More info
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$126.93
Matured in ex-bourbon American oak casks, this single malt from BenRiach is then finished in casks from the Jamaica, previously used to mature Dark Rum.  More info
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$56.86
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
$412.71
This is a 23 year old BenRiach single malt, which rather interestingly was matured in a South African Sherry cask - quite a rare sight indeed. 320 bottles were produced by independent bottler Adelphi.  More info
$142.62
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
User Rating:  (1 Review)
$417.13
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
$206.70
This was distilled at BenRiach in 1977 before a 34 year maturation in single cask number 2593. It was finished in a Sauternes dessert wine cask, and the result is gloriously honeyed and fruity.  More info
$326.45
This is a 37 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was lovingly matured in a Sherry cask, before being finished in a bourbon cask and bottled in July 2014. It was bottled as part of their...  More info
$525.93
37 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky?! Yes please! This 1977 vintage has been matured in hogshead #7114 for 37 years, until it was bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of just 204 bottles. A...  More info
$525.93
A 16 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky which has been finished in a Marsala wine cask. It was distilled in 1997 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn of 412 bottles.  More info
$87.46
This 25 year old was released in 2006 and aged in a combination of three casks: Oloroso, bourbon and fresh oak. It proffers some lovely fruit notes and dry spice and has been bottled at higher proof...  More info
$180.04
Released as part of BenRiach's 11th batch of single cask bottlings, this peated single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a single cask for 29 long years! It was distilled back in 1984 (insert joke...  More info
$255.20
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
$74.82
A limited edition peated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, the 18 Year Old Dunder was initially matured in American oak casks before enjoying a finishing period in dark rum barrels. The name comes...  More info
$86.45
Independently bottled BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was matured in a refill puncheon. This Speyside single malt was distilled in October 1989 and bottled in October 2014 with an outturn of...  More info
$272.29
Presented as part of BenRiach's 11th batch of single cask releases, this Speyside single malt spent 14 years maturing in bourbon barrel #38131, from 2000 to July 2014. It was bottled without...  More info
$78.83
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The BenRiach Albariza is an 18 year old peated single malt from the Highland distillery which was initially matured in American oak casks before being finished in Pedro...  More info
$92.30
18 year old BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, finish in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry puncheon. In the year 1996, this whisky was distilled and placed into oak to mature. After a finishing period, it was...  More info
$112.58
From BenRiach's 11th batch of single cask bottlings comes a 20 year old single malt, distilled in 1994 and left to age. Before it was bottled in July 2014, the whisky was transferred over to a tawny...  More info
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$121.77
A 36 year old unpeated BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky, which was initially matured in Sherry cask before being transferred over to a bourbon cask to finish. This gorgeous Speysider was distilled...  More info
$492.87
From BenRiach's 11th batch of single cask releases, comes a 37 year old Sherry cask matured, peated, single malt Scotch whisky, which has then been finished in a bourbon cask. Ought to be very...  More info
$524.88
Ooh, a rum cask-finished single malt Scotch whisky from BenRiach! And a 37 year old one at that! How very exciting indeed. This was distilled in 1977 and bottled after its rum cask finish, in July...  More info
$524.88
This is a 9 year old BenRiach single malt, which has been finished in a new American oak cask before being bottled. It was distilled in the heady days of 2005 and bottled in July 2014 with an outturn...  More info
$66.00
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