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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 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
$485.79
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
$28.81
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
$517.35
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
$129.99
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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$36.51
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
$73.82
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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$68.62
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
$146.55
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
$100.98
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
$476.53
A special edition bottling of 10 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the BenRiach distillery, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Billy Walker and two South African businessmen buying the...  More info
$99.16
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
$592.35
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
$294.66
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
$584.94
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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
$106.56
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
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$59.32
A well-peated offering, this 13 year old single malt from BenRiach has been finished in casks from the Portuguese island of Madeira, previously used to mature 'Henriques and Henriques' Madeira wine...  More info
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$46.86
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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$61.36
We're properly over the moon about our incredible single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the BenRiach distillery! It was distilled in Serptember 1971, 6 years after the distillery...  More info
$696.02
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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Arumaticus is part of a release of just 1,240 bottles, this peated 12 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery was aged in ex-bourbon casks before enjoying a finish in dark rum casks.  More info
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$47.57
A 29 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery, released as part of their 1th batch of single cask bottlings. This peated whisky was distilled in 1984 and bottled in July 2014, but not before...  More info
$264.89
A single cask release from the BenRiach distillery, exclusive to the UK. Distilled in 1994, this single malt Scotch whisky was finished in an virgin American oak cask before being bottled in October...  More info
$123.09
This is a 34 year old, 1977 vintage whisky from BenRiach's impressive official range of single casks. It was finished in barrels which previously contained Rioja wine, and the result is an...  More info
$373.89
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
$373.89
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