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Benriach Distillery

The BenRiach distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the Speyside area of Scotland. It is operated independently by the BenRiach Distillery Company Limited, formed by two South African whisky enthusiasts Geoff Bell and Wayne Keiswetter and Scotch whisky expert Billy Walker. In 2008 the company expanded their portfolio with the acquisition of the Glendronach distillery.

The BenRiach Distillery was established by the Grant family in 1892 next to the Longmorn Distillery. Soon after the distillery was mothballed in 1900 due to the collapse of a major Scotch Whisky purchaser, forcing many Scotch whisky distilleries to close. The BenRiach remained closed 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, committed to sharing the little known but high quality single malts with a wider audience.

The distillery sources its water from the Burnside Springs located underground, deep below the distillery, and has the capacity to produce over 2 million litres of pure alcohol per annum.

Approximately 10% of new production is peated / 90% unpeated.

The distillery is managed by Alan McConnochie, who has worked at Tobermory, Laphroaig, Bunnahabhain and Ben Nevis malt whisky distilleries, and also at the Plymouth Gin distillery.

Awards

Distillery of the Year, Malt Advocate Whisky Awards 2007
Best Rare Speyside (BenRiach Authenitcus 21 Year Old), World Whisky Awards, Whisky Magazine 2007