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BenRiach

BenRiach Distillery

History

The BenRiach Distillery was established by John Duff in 1898, close to the Longmorn Distillery which was also owned by Duff. The distilleries were joined by a private railroad, with a private steam locomotive, the Puggy, to transport coal, barley, peat and barrels between the distilleries. Soon after the railroad was established in 1900 the distillery stopped production in the wake of the bankruptcy of Pattison’s whisky, a major Scotch Whisky purchaser. Only BenRiachs maltings remained in active use, producing malt for Longmorn. It didn’t produce spirit again until 1965 when it was reopened by Glenlivet Distillers Ltd. In 1978 the distillery changed hands, this time to Seagrams. Seagrams became part of Pernod Ricard in 2001 and the BenRiach distillery began operating for just three months of every year. In 2004 the distillery was acquired by an independent consortium, the BenRiach Distillery Company Limited.

Benriach Whisky Reviews:

  • BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old Peated BenRiach 10 Year Old Curiositas ~ 40% (BenRiach) - BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old ~ 40% (Benriach & GlenDronach Distilleries) 40% ABV, £26-33 for 70cl Score: 82/100 What they say: Curiositas uses a heavily peated malted barley as the cereal varietal to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression. This rare peated single malt, from the Heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, […]
  • BenRiach 10yo 1990s Benriach 10 Years Old 1990’s ~ 43% (Seagrams) - Benriach 10 Years Old 1990’s / Seagrams Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, ~ £54 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Official 10 Years Old bottling from Benriach distillery whilst under Seagrams ownership. Only a handful of Scottish distilleries still make their own malt. One of them is Benriach. The maltings stand beside […]
  • Benriach-12-Year-Old-Arumaticus-Fumosus-Peated-Dark-Rum-Cask BenRiach 12 Years Old Arumaticus Fumosus ~ 46% (BenRiach) - Benriach Arumaticus Fumosus 12 Years Old Peated Malt finished in Dark Rum casks (Official Bottling) 46% ABV, £30-35 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they Say: from http://www.benriachdistillery.co.uk/BenRiachArumaticusFumosus.html Released in May 2007, BenRiach ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’ is part of a range of three 12 year old heavily peated BenRiachs, originally matured in American oak and then finished either in sherry, […]
  • BenRiach 15 Years Old 1999 – PX cask ~ 55.4% (BenRiach) - BenRiach 15 Years Old 1999 – PX cask Speyside single malt scotch whisky 55.4% ABV, £66.95 for 70cl available from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 90/100 What they say: A UK-exclusive single-cask 1999 vintage Benriach. Aged for 15 years, this was bottled from an ex-PX cask in November 2014. Cask #9150, 694 bottles Notes: Warm toasted-oak […]
  • BenRiach17Solstice BenRiach 17 Years Old Solstice 2nd Edition ~ 50% (BenRiach) - BenRiach 17 Years Old Solstice 2nd Edition ~ 50% (BenRiach & GlenDronach Distilleries) 50% ABV, £58 for 70cl Score: 91/100 What they say: Unusually for a Speyside distillery, we distil whisky from both styles of malted barley, non peated and peated, enabling us to capture the defining taste and aroma of peat reek in a […]
  • BenRiach 18 Years Old Albariza ~ 46% (BenRiach) - BenRiach 18 Years Old Albariza Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £71.95 for 70cl from Master of Malt Score: 92/100 What they say: The BenRiach 18 Years Old Albariza is part of the new heavily peated range. Originally matured in American oak casks,the whisky is then finished in Pedro Xinenez sherry casks. The name […]
  • BenRiach 20 Years Old BenRiach 20 Years Old ~ 43% (BenRiach) - Review: BenRiach 20 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: BenRiach Distillery Bottling: Official ABV: 43% Cost: £61.33 from Master of Malt What they say: This smooth single malt has an elegant full taste and aroma that captures fruity, floral, spicy notes, with fascinating overtones of honey, vanilla, apples, chocolate and nuts. TASTING NOTES NOSE […]
  • benriach-42-year-old-1971-single-cask-master-of-malt-whisky BenRiach 42 Year Old 1971 Single Cask ~ 40.8% (Master of Malt) - Review: BenRiach 42 Year Old 1971 Single Cask Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: BenRiach Distillery Bottling: Master of Malt ABV: 40.8% Cost: £469.95 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: We’re properly over the moon about our incredible single cask bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the BenRiach distillery! It was […]
  • benriach-latada-18-years-old BenRiach Latada 18 Years Old ~ 46% (BenRiach) - Review: BenRiach Latada 18 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: BenRiach Distillery Bottling: BenRiach Distillery Company ABV: 46% Cost: £71.45* from Master of Malt What they say: Unusual for a Speyside malt, the BenRiach Latada is distilled from peated malted barley. The whisky has been matured in American oak casks, then finished […]
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