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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 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
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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
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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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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
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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
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A rich, biscuity BenRiach, distilled in February 1990 and aged for 21 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in January 2012. A release of 342 bottles.  More info
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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
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A single cask release of BenRiach single malt Scotch whisky from Speyside. The immensely tasty whisky, which was distilled in 1996, was bottled in 2013 by Berry Bros. & Rudd.  More info
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Part of Batch 10 of BenRiach's single cask bottlings - a 37 (!) year old single malt, distilled in 1976 and left to mature in a hogshead until June 2013. The angels had their fair share of this and...  More info
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Distilled at BenRiach in February 1990, this single cask whisky spent a 19 year maturation period in a refill hogshead before being bottled in April 2009. Part of Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range...  More info
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
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Part of WM Cadenhead's popular Duthies range, this BenRiach single malt aged for 16 years before it was bottled. The cask in which it was matured had an outturn of 366 bottles.  More info
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Distilled at Benriach in 1977, this stunning single cask whisky was aged in cask 642 for 34 years before bottling by Adelphi at natural cask strength. A release of 217 bottles, bottled in 2011.  More info
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A special release reserved exclusively for the UK market, 695 bottles of this single cask BenRiach have been produced at 58.30% abv. Aged for 16 years, a finishing period was spent in a PX cask.  More info
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A single cask BenRiach utilising previously unused (freshly toasted) wood. Power, vanilla, and lots of Bourbon-y goodness!  More info
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A 31 year old single cask BenRiach distilled in 1980 and matured in a previously unused and freshly toasted cask, which imparts powerful vanilla and bourbon magic. A release of just 171 bottles.  More info
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This single cask whisky is the second release from the lads at Caskstrength.net and represents the "B" in their A-Z of drinks--the first being a limited edition Arran single malt Scotch whisky...  More info
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Independent bottlers, Adelphi, have bottled this rather fantastic Benriach.  More info
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The BenRiach distillery was moth-balled at the start of the 21st century and re-opened in 2004. The distillery tends to sell only to small or independent distributors, in keeping with the spirit of...  More info
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This is a 1983 vintage BenRiach which was aged for 29 years in cask 291 - a refill hogshead. It was bottled at natural cask strength in 2012 and there are 257 bottles available.  More info
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A big, brooding, smoky, smouldering dram from BenRiach, this was distilled in 1984 and aged for 27 years in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. It was bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
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This is a delicious 1985 vintage, 26 year old BenRiach which was distilled from peated malt and finished in a cask which previously held sweet Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry. Very good stuff and at...  More info
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This is a 22 year old, single cask BenRiach which was distilled in 1990 and finished in a cask which previous held maturing tawny port. Very fruity and rich.  More info
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A 16 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1988 and matured in sherry Cask No. 802, before being bottled in September of 2005 at cask strength.  More info
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A 26 year old vintage from the BenRiach distillery, distilled in 1978 and matured in Cask No. 1589, an ex sherry hogshead, before being bottled in December of 2004 at cask strength.  More info
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