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 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 Years 2007 Cask 8737 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 Olorosso Cask
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 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.
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
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 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