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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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