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Benrinnes

The original Benrinnes was sited almost a mile south-east of today’s distillery. Built on the Whitehouse Farm in 1826 by Peter McKenzie, the distillery was completely destroyed just three years later, after a great flood laid waste to the buildings. In 1835, a new distillery was built, sited on the side of its namesake, the 840m peak which looms over Speyside.

Alongside four other distilleries, Benrinnes draws its water from springs on the mountain, tapping the Rowantree and Scurran Burns. Following a devastating fire at the end of the nineteenth century, BenRinnes was rebuilt, converting to electric power. The distillery has an unusual distillation method; the six stills are used to partially triple-distil the make. Benrinnes made use of a Saladin Box maltings system from 1964.

In 1984, it was decommissioned and malt was bought in instead. Despite the long history of Benrinnes, there has only been one official bottling - in 1991 a fifteen year-old was released. Save for a few independent bottlings, the majority of the spirit has been used in blends, notably Johnnie Walker and J&B. Today, single malt whiskies from Benrinnes remain a rare treat. The distillery is currently under Diageo ownership.

Benrinnes Whisky Distillery

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About Benrinnes Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 872600

Distillery Founded

1826

Distillery Capacity

2 540 000 litres

Distillery Address

Aberlour, Banffshire

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1826

The first Benrinnes distillery is built at Whitehouse Farm by Peter McKenzie.

1829

A flood destroys the distillery.

1834

A new distillery, Lyne of Ruthrie, is constructed a few kilometres from the first one. The owner John Innes files for bankruptcy and William Smith & Company takes over.

1864

William Smith & Company goes bankrupt and David Edward becomes the new owner.

1896

Benrinnes is ravaged by fire which prompts major refurbishment and rebuilding including electrification. David Edward dies and his son Alexander Edward takes over. Alexander also founds the distilleries Dallas Dhu, Aultmore and Craigellachie and purchases Oban.

1922

John Dewar & Sons takes over ownership.

1925

John Dewar & Sons becomes part of Distillers Company Limited (DCL).

1930

DCL transfers management and operations to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).

1955

– The distillery is completely rebuilt.

1964

Floor maltings is replaced by a Saladin box.

1966

The number of stills doubles to six.

1984

The Saladin box is taken out of service and the malt is purchased centrally.

1991

The first official bottling from Benrinnes is a 15 year old in the Flora & Fauna series.

1996

United Distillers releases a 21 year old cask strength in their Rare Malts series.

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