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The BenRiach Distillery, Elgin

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The BenRiach distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery in the Speyside area of Scotland. It is currently owned by Brown-Forman Corporation after being purchased on 1 June 2016 as a subsidiary from the BenRiach Distillery Company Limited, formed by two South African funding partners, 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. as well as the Glenglassaugh distillery in March 2013.BenRiach AwardsGlobal Whisky Distiller of the Year, World Whiskies Awards 2015Distillery of the Year, Malt Advocate Whisky Awards 2007Best Rare Speyside, World Whisky Awards, Whisky Magazine 2007Gold Medal, International Wines and Spirits Competition 2006Silver Medals, International Wines and Spirits Competition 2006Best Performing Small Business Award, under 25 employees, Enterprising Scotland Awards 2006Best International Business Award, Enterprising Scotland Awards 2005HistoryThe 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.
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  • A distillery visit is always part of a Scottish holiday and finding some of the smaller less well known distilleries is always a bonus. BenRiach currently only provide two tours a week but very worth ...  more »
  • BenRiach was such a wonderfully authentic experience! We were walked through every step of their whisky making process and tried 6 different bottles ranging in age, peat level and cask type. It was am...  more »
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  • BenRiach has produced some of the best single malts I have tasted - especially the older ones matured in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The private manager's tour was a great experience.
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