Located in the ‘Heart of Speyside’, in the North-East region of Morayshire, BenRiach displays all the traditional charm of a Speyside distillery. Built by John Duff in 1898, BenRiach draws its water from the Burnside springs located underground, deep below the distillery.
Although BenRiach started producing malt whisky back in 1898, the distillery was a victim of unfortunate timing; BenRiach was operational for just two years before the ‘Pattison crash’, in 1900, resulted in a period of hardship for the entire whisky industry, and the resultant closure of many distilleries. So, after just a couple of years of distillation, the stills at BenRiach fell silent, and remained so for sixty five long years. Under normal circumstances, this would have spelled the end for the distillery, as the buildings would surely have been demolished. However, next to BenRiach lay its sister distillery, Longmorn, which had enjoyed sporadic periods of production during BenRiach’s lengthy hiatus. The whisky makers at Longmorn continued to source some of their malted barley from the floor maltings at BenRiach, which had remained operational, and it was this alone that kept BenRiach alive during those ‘mothballed’ years.
Then, in 1965, the Scotch whisky industry entered a golden era, and suddenly new distilleries were being commissioned and mothballed distilleries re-opened, including BenRiach. Production re-commenced immediately.
Fast-forward to 2004, and the beginning of the most exciting period in BenRiach’s history. It was in April of that year that BenRiach became independent, having been purchased by The BenRiach Distillery Company Limited. This independent ownership allows the distillery to experiment with several interesting wood finishes and it continues to produce whisky from both peated and non-peated malted barley.
The BenRiach portrays its own uniqueness through the particular methods and skills of the men who craft the whisky, the ingredients used, the distinctive copper stills and the high quality casks selected for maturation.
BenRiach Heart Of Speyside
Classic Speyside’ in character this smooth, Single Malt is the only non-age statement product in the non-peated core range. The expression offers a fresh and lively combination of BenRiach’s signature fruit and spice notes. 2 cask matured – bourbon barrels & spanish oak casks.
Colour: Amber gold
Nose: Fresh heather, fruit, honey, nuts and oak wood.
Palate: This expression cleverly captures fruit, honey, heather and spice notes against a backdrop of mellow oak wood, in a fresh and lively combination.
Finish: Peppery oak develops.SKU: BNR01-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Birnie Moss
Birnie Moss is an area of windswept Moorland situated close to the BenRiach Distillery and it is this wild place that gives our single malt its name. An audacious first under the guidance and enthusiasm of the distillery’s new owners, Birnie Moss is a whisky bursting with originality. Different in style for a Speyside malt, this unique expression wields its peaty, smoky character with a precocious vigour. 1 cask matured: bourbon barrels.
Nose: Rich peaty notes in a wonderful balance with vanilla and oak wood.
Palate: An avalanche of rich, sweet Speyside peat, in combination with vanilla and tropical fruits.SKU: BNR02-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Aged 10 Years
To create our signature 10-year-old expression, classic unpeated BenRiach spirit is three cask matured for over ten years in bourbon barrels, virgin oak and Oloroso sherry casks. The whisky from each cask is then expertly combined by our Master Blender, adding rich notes of orchard fruits, luscious sweetness and toasted oak spice, working in harmony with our fresh and sweet, fruit-laden style.
Colour: Crispy, summer gold
Nose: Fresh green orchard fruits, stem ginger and hints of tangerine mellows to creamy vanilla with a delicate note of mint and a gentle twist of citrus.
Palate: Warm toasted oak spices flood through green apple skins and dried apricots, ripening to hints of peach and soft bananas with contrasting touches of aniseed and lemon zest.SKU: BNR03-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Curiositas Aged 10 Years
Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion after 10 years of maturation. Curiositas is a distinctive and welcome addition to the Speyside scene.
Nose: Sweet grassy malt, succulent fudge and hints of smoke and heather lead. A touch of malmsey underneath with fragrant honey and mellow oak.
Palate: Caramelised sugar and strong cereal flavours form the core. Marshmallows, ripe stone fruit and a warm nuttiness develop while peppery spice tingles in the backdrop with green wood smoke.
Finish: Bittersweet with slight suggestions of dry oak, beeswax and fennel.SKU: BNR04-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years
This luscious 12-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is unconventionally made using three facets of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing, for unexpected layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice.
Nose: Sherry cask maturation at its most fruity and luscious. Baked fruit salad with fig, pear, apricot and glacé cherry in mandarin syrup. Honey glazed flan with crème-caramel and toasted vanilla pod add to the multi-layered sweetness.
Palate: A rich fruit cocktail of honeyed fig, baked pineapple and sultana fuse with chocolate fondant and muscovado sugar, lifted by mandarin cream, ground nutmeg and vanilla.
Finish: Savour nectarine, candied grape and star anise, lingering into the dessert-like sherried finish.SKU: BNR06-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 10 Year Old 2008 Cask 7865 Batch 16 South African Wine Barrique
Aged : 10 years
Cask Type : Adoro
Appearance : Burnished copper.
Nose : Chocolate coated apple, heather honey and layers of soft ripe fruit with a backnote of grape and cocoa.
Palate : An autumn fruit basket with red and green apple, ripe plum and hazelnut, leading to a deliciously intriguing grape and mocha finish.SKU: BNR23-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 10 Years 2007 Cask 8737 Batch 15 Moscatel Cask
The BenRiach 2007 Cask No. 8737 10 Year Old is one of 17 new limited edition whiskies in Batch 15 of BenRiach’s popular Single Cask series of whiskies.
Distilled on 28th March 2007 and fully matured in a Moscatel sherry cask it was selected by BenRiach Master Blender, Rachel Barrie as part of this latest batch of single cask releases.
Non chill-filtered and natural colour this Moscatel sherry cask matured whisky was bottled at 58.9% ABV.
Nose: A raisiny fruitiness, a little orange blossom, honey and a touch of marzipan.
Taste: A deliciously juicy raisin and apple candied fruitiness coats the mouth. A little cinnamon, honey and a hint of creamy chocolate.
Finish: Medium to long with the sweet fruits bittering out leaving some mildly drying oak.SKU: BNR07-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 12 Years 2005 Cask 5014 Batch 15 Olorosso Sherry Butt
Filled into an oloroso sherry cask in 2005, this 12 year old BenRiach comes from the distillery’s 15th release of their famous single cask expressions. Offering a heavier fruity character than the classic style, this is rich with golden syrup and apple on the note, with apricot and yellow plum notes, moving to notes of fresh brioche with raisins. On the palate, the sherry cask shows its influence, with notes of raisin, sultana and treacle, caramelised orange and red apple tangyness. Bottled at a natural strength of 58.1%.SKU: BNR09-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 12 Year Old 2006 Cask 1853 Batch 16 Sauternes Barrique
Aged : 12 years
Cask Type : Sauternes
Appearance : Deep summer gold.
Nose : Sweet lemon meringue pie and poached pear topped with toasted almond, vanilla and coconut ice.
Palate : Sip lemon zest and caster sugar in meringue baked with vanilla and cardamom. Pear and almond tarte tatin linger into the delicious dessert-like finish.SKU: BNR22-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 13 Year Old 2005 Cask 6704 Batch 16 Port Hogshead
Aged : 13 years
Cask Type : Port
Appearance : Dark ruby.
Nose : Dark chocolate cherry, sandalwood and freshly cracked walnut with truffle oil and beeswax in the background.
Palate : Treacle toffee apple and unctuous dark manuka honey develop into a finish of dark chocolate coated cherry and walnut.SKU: BNR27-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 13 Year Old 2005 Cask 6924 Batch 16 Pedro Ximenez Butt
Aged : 13 years
Cask Type : Pedro Ximenez
Appearance : Dark honey with russet highlights.
Nose : Butterscotch and crème caramel lead the way. Maple syrup and pecan appear with layers of cream sherry and caramel fudge cake.
Palate : Dark manuka honey and cream sherry on buttered pancakes lead to gingerbread and treacle. Caramelised ginger and pecan toffee remain in the long, sumptuous finish.SKU: BNR26-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Temporis Aged 21 Years
Back in the 1970s, the BenRiach Distillery made the bold move of returning to distilling peated malt, at a time when most Speyside distillers had moved their focus towards unpeated malt distillation. Aged for over two decades, this is a rare opportunity to experience a peated single malt of this age in Speyside. To create BenRiach Temporis, our Master Blender has expertly married together an eclectic mix of four casks: Bourbon barrels, virgin oak, Pedro Ximénez sherry and Oloroso sherry.
Colour : Rich Amber
Nose : Caramelised pear and toasted oak spice fused with honeyed peat and smoked pinewood.
Taste : Smooth creamy peat builds uncover roasted orchard fruits and eucalyptus. Tropical pineapple and star anise gradually appear with smoked cinnamon embers, lingering long into the sweet and smoky finish.SKU: BNR15-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Aged 21 Years Classic
This beguiling Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been matured for at least twenty-one years in a combination of four types of casks: bourbon barrels, virgin oak casks, Pedro Ximenez sherry casks and red wine casks. The whisky from these four woods has then been expertly blended together by our Master Blender to create a multi-faceted and superbly balanced malt, with each cask type adding unique notes to the taste experience: vanilla, chocolate and red fruits, developing from BenRiach’s signature sweet barley and fruit-laden style.
Colour : Bright Autumn Gold
Nose : Ripe summer fruit compote with contrasting candied peel and a warming stem ginger background.
Palate : Soft vanilla and cinnamon give way to tangy red fruits and citrus peel. Barley sugars and honeyed malt build into the long, sweet and satisfying finish.SKU: BNR12-NV00700-WS
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BenRiach Moscatel Wood Finish Aged 22 Years
From renowned Master Distiller Billy Walker comes a limited edition BenRiach Moscatel Wood Finish aged 22 years.
Launched today (16 November), this Single Malt Scotch Whisky offers notes of dark orange marmalade, cocoa and spiced honey.
At BenRiach we have one of the most innovative ranges of any Scottish distillery and the 22 year old continues a great tradition of experimentation with wood finishes.
This whisky was originally matured in American bourbon barrels before being finished in Moscatel wine casks from Portugal and Spain. During this second period of maturation, the spirit subtly interacts with the oak wood and takes on new flavours and aromas from the Moscatel wine cask.
The 22 year old is non chill filtered, natural in colour and bottled at 46% abv.
Our Sales Director Alistair Walker said: “Moscatel is a sweet fortified wine, hailing from Portugal and Spain, which adds a buttery-soft, spicy and fruity dimension to the whisky. The result is a superlative malt in the classic BenRiach style. It is lusciously rich, velvety and full-flavoured, delivering superb dried fruit and honeyed sweetness, like a good apple crumble.”
Rich gold mahogany.
A full, sumptuous nose consisting of dark orange marmalade, rich fig syrup and sweet dates. A dusting of cocoa and cinnamon followed by a gentle hint of garden mint adds a luxurious character.
Rich, velvety dark chocolate fondant topped with glazed maraschino cherries develops to plum cordial and spiced honey. The long finish is rounded with a gentle, earthy balance of nutmeg, stewed barley and old vintage leather.
A rich body laden with dark Mediterranean fruits and a complementary balance of warm spices and delicate oak characters.SKU: BNR30-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Dark Rum Aged 22 Years
Matured in the traditional style in American Bourbon barrels, this whisky is then ‘finished’ in dark rum barrels, sourced from the Caribbean island of Jamaica. During this second period of maturation, the whisky derives many interesting characteristics specific to the Dark Rum barrel, ripe stone fruit infused with vanilla, ginger and tangerine peel. Bottled at natural colour and non-chill filtered.
Nose : Vanilla syrup and poached pears, dusted with sweet barley grist, combine with oak spice and candied peel to create a warm contrast.
Palate : Ripe yellow plums and nectarines infused with vanilla, ginger and tangerine peel. Wild flower honey combined with stewed barley creates an exceptionally luscious. A long finish with rich, dark sugars and warm oak spice of the dark rum casks combined perfectly with orchard fruits and fresh barley character of the classic BenRiach style. A truly exceptional example of the marriage between cask, maturation and spirit.SKU: BNR16-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 21 Year Old 1997 Cask 4438 Batch 16 Marsala Hogshead
Aged : 21 years
Cask Type : Marsala
Appearance : Burnt orange sunset
Nose : Deliciously sweet with clementine segments, grape and vanilla ice cream in fruit syrup with a blacknote of milk chocolate hazelnut.
Palate : A fruit cocktail of nectarine, pear, pineapple and grape with red cherry lingering into the mouthwatering finish.SKU: BNR25-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 21 Year Old 1997 Cask 7858 Batch 16 Virgin Oak Hogshead
Aged : 21 years
Cask Type : Virgin Oak
Appearance : Orange gold.
Nose : A confectionery shop of blackcurrant sweets, sugared pineapple cubes, strawberry bonbons and chocolate coated honeycomb.
Palate: Pineapple, vanilla and honeycomb with coconut ice and sugar candy. Blackberry cream builds into the long-lasting sweet, fruity finish.SKU: BNR21-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 25 Years
Our Master Blender works with different casks for this 25-year-old expression to ensure a consistent taste profile batch after batch. The latest batch is a balanced maturation of bourbon and red wine casks and offers a rare opportunity to taste an older expression that has used red wine casks for such a long period of maturation. Later in F19 this expression will move to a five cask matured whisky recipe and be a more natural older brother to the four-cask matured twenty-one year old.
Nose : Rich honey, spices, apples work in combination with superb oak-wood notes.
Palate : A rich cocktail of honey, sherry cocoa and apples, supported by a fascinating presence of citrus and wonderful wood tones.SKU: BNR13-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 23 Year Old 1995 Cask 7385 Batch 16 Olorosso Butt [ Peated ]
Aged : 23 years
Cask Type : Oloroso
Appearance : Antique gold.
Nose : Intense smoked vanilla, with orange and ground ginger. Pear and smoked applewood emerge with nutmeg and cherry tree bark.
Palate : Apple and calvados fill the palate with waves of guava, acacia honey and sweet birch. The exceedingly long finish leaves nutmeg and roasted apple.SKU: BNR24-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 24 Year Old 1994 Cask 7397 Batch 16 Bourbon Barrel
Aged : 24 years
Cask Type : Bourbon
Appearance : Dark honey gold.
Nose : Elegant and intriguing. Caramelised pear in golden syrup with bourbon vanilla leading to mint ice cream with dark chocolate pieces.
Palate : Multilayered sweet and fresh desserts. Poached pear smothered in vanilla and coconut cream leads to a cleansing mint and dark chocolate finish.SKU: BNR20-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 25 Year Old 1993 Cask 7944 Batch 16 Claret Hogshead
Aged : 25 years
Cask Type : Claret
Appearance : Auburn.
Nose : Sweet honeysuckle, cherry blossom and grape vine, with golden syrup and vanilla. Fresh oak brings clarity throughout.
Palate : Sweet, floral and fruity with red apple and grape, smothered in honey and vanilla cream. Candy floss and red grape skin leave a deliciously sweet and refined finish.SKU: BNR19-NV00700-WS
BenRiach Authenticus Aged 30 Years
BenRiach Authenticus aged 30 years is a rare opportunity to experience peated Speyside single malt dating back to the 1980s. As the oldest expression in our peated range, we believe BenRiach Authenticus will impress with its distinguished profile. An unusually richly peated Speyside, Authenticus beguiles with its fusion of ripe, developed sweetness and aromatic peat smoke. 1 cask matured: bourbon barrels.
Colour: Polished red wood
Nose: A delightful balance of wild honey and peat combine perfectly with a touch of allspice. Distant soft fruits add hints of yellow pear, melon and peach to the sweet, smoky nose.
Palate: An exquisite combination of spiced oak, soft, creamy vanilla and summer fruits with a dusting of cocoa. An infusion of sweet peat reek gently builds, adding an intriguing herbal, smoky contrast to the unique character. In the finish, a rush of sweet, wild honey provides a lovely contrast to this lively, intense expression.SKU: BNR05-NV00700-WS
BenRiach 35 Years
Building on the current recipe of the 25-year-old, the 35-year-old is also an elegant balance of bourbon and red wine casks. The combination at this age is used to best exemplify the classic fruit-forward BenRiach character. Unlike most red wine cask maturation that will just use the cask for finishing or in smaller quantities, this is a rare composition of bourbon barrel and red wine cask at a ratio of 50:50.
Nose: Luscious tropical fruit salad syrup with a delicate ripped mint and chocolate back note; all warmed by a gentle toasted oak spice.
Palate: A classic Speyside style combining waves of papaya and dried apricots with freshly-sawn oak spices, touches of golden syrup and distant milk chocolate which gently flow through the elegant long finish; long, sweet and satisfying finish.SKU: BNR11-NV00700-WS